Thursday, 21 April 2011

Unsavory Delicacies

Russell Brooks contacted me and asked if I'd review his collection of short stories, Unsavory Delicacies. My normal forays into short fiction include some pretty awesome authors so it's difficult for me to compare but I did find these three "thrillers" very easy reading.

The stories are interconnected by a restaurant and the theme of revenge mingled with food. Whilst I thought the first two stories, Creme Brulee and To The Last Bite worked well as short stories but I think I missed the point on Shashlyk and Morozhenoe which felt more like a beginning of something.

Don't expect much character development as the stories are on the shorter side of short. The writing style is very matter of fact and I think it would appeal more to thriller fans that wanted something to fill an hour (I read it much faster but I'm aware I'm a fast reader).

Russell also has a full length novel available, Pandora's Succession.

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