Holding Fire: Short Stories of Self Destruction

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 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.

You can check out the book here: http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelves/book.php?id=11070

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Holding Fire: Short Stories of Self Destruction

  1. Thank you for the great review! I’m glad my story was your favorite. I took the liberty of sharing this on Facebook. Thanks again.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s