I received a copy of this book from Scott at Onlinebookclub.org
This is a collection of short stories written by ten different writers. Each story is a variation of self destruction. Each story was unique and had a different twist on how one or many people can be affected by anger and hatred, whether it is self inflicted or meant for others.
All of the stories were unique but some I found to be more interesting and engaging than others. My favorite in particular was the second to last one: “Ghostwriter” by Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill. The paranormal twist on the story was perfect and to be honest I hated the main character and I think that was how it was supposed to be.
I will say the grammar mistakes I found in some made me take pause to read and try to decipher the sentence but other than that the stories were well written. To read about each author’s take on self destruction and how they chose to write about it through their plot and their characters made for an interesting read despite the grammar mistakes.
In the very last story “My name is Finn” by Julienne Swiatczak, the author incorporates some quotes into their work. One of them in particular stood out to me and I think it gives a lot to think about; ” He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves: one for his enemy and one for himself”. I mention this quote because, well I liked it for starters and as I said it doesn’t give you something to think about.
I rate Holding Fire: Short Stories of Self Destruction a 3 out of 4 stars. I would also recommend this book to anybody and everybody.There is a short story in there for everybody. They are all unique, they are all interesting and they are all sure to make you think in some way.
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