A Matter of Perception
Author: Tahlia Newland
Pages [ebook]: 78
Favorite Stories: The Bone Yard & Not me, it can’t be
What is real and what is not? Take modern gods, alien monsters, ghosts in the service of sirens, a battle of magical light, a mysterious hole in the pavement, a dream of a future past and a pair of rose-coloured glasses, mix them with a little romance and a smidgen of philosophy and you might be left wondering if it isn’t all just a matter of perception.
This thought-provoking collection of urban fantasy and magical realism stories includes ‘The Drorgon Slayer’s Choice’ and ‘The Boneyard’, a semi finalist in the Aussiecon 4 Make Ready fantasy/scfi competition of 2010
This collection of short stories is a very quick, easy, and fun read. Each story has a unique, overall message, and though some dwell more in urban fiction and fantasy than others, all have an otherwordly aspect to them that I really enjoyed.
I love it when I read a collection like this and the stories aren’t so similar that I automatically get confused. Which happens more often than you would think. I think the order they were in helped the flow stay continuous and smooth, and I was able to keep everything distinct. And yet, my favorite stories are from opposite ends of the collection.
While making the stories longer would have definitely given the chance to flesh the characters out a bit more, their personalities still managed to shine through, and when paired with an addictively interesting plot, the length no longer mattered as much. Except when I didn’t want it to end. That was a problem. xD
I really recommend this collection by Tahlia Newland, to both regular fans of stories like these and ones who usually don’t go for it. If you’re searching for a way to ease into the genre, pick A Matter of Perception. If not…pick it anyway.
ADDICTIVELY AMAZING. 4.5/5 stars