This is a collection of fictional short stories by creative writer, Ryan O’Neill. The stories are fiction but you wonder how much Ryan draws upon his personal experience in writing these based on all his time lived abroad. He has called Africa, Europe and Asia ‘home’ before moving to Australia where he now resides.
Words are his literary playground and creative outlet. Some of the stories are exercises in linguistic extremes such as “seventeen rules for writing a Short Story”.
Then he tackles a number of esoteric types of writing pushing linguistic boundaries further than most. His short stories, “A Story in Writing” to the racy “Bowdelerise” with all it’s censored words – leaves the reader to their own imagination to fill in the blanks. But it is not hard to do.
His mind is not constrained by conventional story telling. His stories are clever and full of imagination.
Personal relationships seem to be a consistent theme in some of the stories – and select characters really get under your skin in an emotional kind of way. Humor, tragedy (more than one) and a witty way of writing are all part of the richly written stories within this book – but in the end, all are entertaining reads.
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