Wednesday, 26 February 2014

I won! I won! I won!

I've not won anything for ages, not since I won a tin of Mushy Peas at a pensioners raffle which I went to with my Nan when I were wee!

You can get your very own copy from Amazon: The Decapaphiliac: or love in the time of cappuccinos and read all about the author on Goodreads.

It's a brilliant read and I think I've bought it in every format so far... still, it's nice to win something!

In fact:

The DecapaphiliacThe Decapaphiliac by Alex Weinle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not since I discovered an old collection of Tales of the Unexpected stories on my Grandad's bedside table have I enjoyed a short story collection as much as this one. Most especially as this collection didn't leave me feeling slightly seedy, steeped in the 1970's and full of ennui. Mr Weinle has a fine turn of phrase and a delicacy of style that left me feeling uplifted by all of his stories... even the slightly disturbing title story - which promised to be seedy but ended up leaving me feeling refreshed and hopeful - I think I'm slightly disappointed by not being more disgusted in all honesty.

I think The Disassociate was wonderful, especially as it held so very many resonances with my previous career as a psychiatric nurse and I'm pretty sure that I've met some of the management types in it. I thought that leaving my previous career would mean that I'd spend less time with psychopaths, not more!

The Glasses Adjuster is lovely too, a proper feeling of fairytale going on there and it left me feeling all warm of snuggly.

All of the stories were brilliant but these three stood out for me, and for this price you can't go wrong... after all Mr Weinle has to make enough to keep on feeding his cottage bulbs of unusual wattage.

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