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REVIEW: Longing and Other Stories

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These three stories all pertain to the (often broken) dynamic between a mother and son. The protagonists are always conflicted beings, often selfish or doubtful or in other ways unlikeable. Yet we never really hate them- they are too lifelike for that, too “real”, too reminiscent of flawed people we know.

I liked the second and third the most. They both felt like simple morality tales, while the first was more of a wordy dream-like experience. All three were certainly compelling, although I often found it hard to fully connect with the protagonists.

The thoughts and worries had by these people are timeless, reflections on family.
It’s a very brief yet enthralling collection, though it felt a little dry at times.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

G. Lowie
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Goran Lowie is an avid reader of all kinds of speculative fiction and poetry. For years, he's been rotting away in some rural hellhole in Belgium, but luckily he has literature to keep him going!

His real obsession with the genre sparked with the incomporable works of Ursula K. Le Guin, and his heart stayed there forever. Other favourite authors include Patricia A. McKillip, Mary Soon Lee, John Wiswell, Robert Silverberg and Italo Calvino.

When Goran isn't reading books, he's either editing this very magazine or creating lesson plans for his day-job as a high school teacher! You can find him on Twitter: @GoranLowie

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