Little Book of Tiny Tales is a wonderful collection of micro stories all amazingly written. All stories were only a page long, so they felt almost like poems, so vivid and complex. It was just unbelievable how Jeremy Ray managed to tell such intricate stories with so few words!
Jeremy Ray describes his book as “a flash fiction anthology that is like a box of assorted chocolates with story pieces meant for those ready to experience their stories in bite-size pleasures” and it’s such a spot on description! On just one page for each of the 56 stories, Jeremy Ray provided complex and intriguing stories with unbelievable depth. He also presented each story with a foreword/comment explaining how the story came to be and what he aimed to tell with each story.
It was a true pleasure reading these 56 stories that varied in genres and style, from comedy and drama to sci-fi and horror, but were still very distinctly a work of Jeremy Ray. I first discovered this author via the wonderful short story The Houseplant, which was such a wonderful surprise. The stories in this collection were mostly as good as The Houseplant and I really enjoyed this collection!
I have some mixed feelings about the comments/foreword before each story though. For some of the stories it really added some necessary information and increased the reading experience, but in some cases they almost revealed the twist on beforehand and in some other cases I felt that they took away some of my own imagination of the story, almost like watching a movie before reading the book. I enjoyed the comments very much though and wouldn’t want to be without them, but perhaps it would be better with these comments after the story?
That, and the fact that I personally do not enjoy the horror genre that much, are my only minor objections though, and all in all this was such an entertaining, easy and fast-paced read that managed to surprise you with each story! And I can’t help wishing that Jeremy Ray would some time turn the stories that were extra intriguing into full-length novels, since they definitely had such wonderful and exciting plots that could be further explored!
A highly recommended anthology!
Thank you to the author Jeremy Ray for the gifted eARC! All opinions are my own and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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Little Book of Tiny Tales is available on Amazon via the author, please go to Jeremy Ray Stories for the link!
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