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5 stars for Fancy Shop by @Stanoevich_V #shortstories #bookish #fiction #bookreview

Title: Fancy Shop

Author: Valeri Stanoevich

Genre: Short Stories

Book Blurb:

The stories contain features of fantasy, urban legends, mystery, magical realism, penetration in the deepness of the human soul.

The characters are different: knights, anonymous people, dreamers, outsiders, crazy ones, technocrats, cockroaches, holders of secret knowledge. They crave for another world of dreams come true, inexpressible truths and oases of redemption of past guilt. On the way to their new identities, they move freely between reality and fantasy. They are in constant conflict with themselves, and the front line is the line dividing the two hemispheres of their brains.

The stories are very short but each has a complex plot, provocative suggestions and a surprising end. Without in any way denying the traditional concepts of good-evil, simple-profound, they lead the reader into worlds in which paradox is a synonym of universal meaning.

My Review:

An incredibly original short story compilation that truly examines the concept of change. This could be defined in a new genre - interpretive fiction. As the reader goes through each story, it is doubtless that it will mean something different to each person.

As the pages turn, one can't help but think which story works better, which does one like the most? For this reader, the story about the clouds was the best. It is remarkable how the idea of change can be conveyed in so many ways.

The author has one of the most creative minds yet published. The writing style changes from sad to expectant to banal to grotesque to kindhearted. There is literally something in this book for everyone. Fans of short stories will enjoy this book. This is a compilation of work that is completely original, even the reinterpretation of a classic fairy tale.

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

Recently retired electronics engineer and forensic expert. Born in Ruse, a Bulgarian city on the river Danube. Except for my university years, I have spent all my life in my native city. Beloved activities: wandering through the mountains, contemplation, solving technical problems, looking for an unusual point of view to the reality. I don’t like exposure and prefer silence and solitude. I think that one should remain in the shadow of his deeds.

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Reviewed by: Mr. N

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