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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Blog Tour: The Thing About Great White Sharks by Rebecca Adams Wright

Author: Rebecca Adams Wright
Publisher: Little A 
Date of publication: February 10, 2015

In this collection’s richly imagined title story, our brutal and resourceful protagonist is determined to protect her family from a murderous, shark-ridden world—at any cost. Elsewhere, an old woman uncovers a sinister plot while looking after a friend’s plants (“Orchids”), and a girl in the war-torn countryside befriends an unlikely creature (“Keeper of the Glass”). In “Barnstormers,” a futuristic flying circus tries to forestall bankruptcy with one last memorable show. At the heart of “Sheila” is the terrible choice a retired judge must make when faced with the destruction of his beloved robotic dog, and “Yuri, in a Blue Dress” follows one of the last survivors of an alien invasion as she seeks help.
Extending from World War II to the far future, these fifteen stories offer a gorgeously observed perspective on our desire for connection and what it means to have compassion—for ourselves, for one another, for our past…and for whatever lies beyond.

The Thing About Great White Sharks is a quick read with a mix  of odd short stories. The stories range from sci-fi/ futuristic to mysteries with a paranormal twist.  I'll start by saying that I definitely think there is an audience out there for this type of anthology.  There is something for every reader in the book.

Having said that, I'm not sure I was the right audience for this book.  Starting off with the first story, "Sheila" (which was really sad), I found the tone of the book to be dark and kind of depressing.  Normally, when I read an anthology I can find at least one story that I would call my favorite.  I'm not sure I can really say that with this set.  If I had to pick the one I liked the most, it would have to be "Orchids".  I thought that was an interesting mystery.  A few of the stories were a little confusing and I'm not sure I "got" them.  And a couple, especially the story that the book is titled after and "The Space We Share"  felt unfinished.  I wanted more out of them.  

I would recommend giving the book a shot.  It wasn't for me, but it might be for you.

About Rebecca Adams Wright

Rebecca Adams Wright is a 2011 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ University of Michigan Zell Writing Fellow. She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan and has won the Leonard and Eileen Newman Writing Prize. Rebecca lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with her husband and daughter.
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Rebecca Adams Wright’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Friday, February 13th: Book Snob – author guest post
Monday, February 16th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, February 16th: Bibliophilia, Please
Tuesday, February 17th: Bound by Words
Wednesday, February 18th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, February 19th: 5 Minutes for Books
Thursday, February 19th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Friday, February 20th: Life is Story
Monday, February 23rd: Conceptual Reception
Tuesday, February 24th: Bibliotica review and author guest post
Tuesday, February 24th: Savvy Verse and Wit - author guest post
Wednesday, February 25th: Bibliophiliac
Thursday, February 26th: The Relentless Reader
Monday, March 2nd: A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
Tuesday, March 3rd: Patricia’s Wisdom
Thursday, March 5th: Guiltless Reading
Monday, March 9th: Kahakai Kitchen
Thursday, March 12th: The Book Binder’s Daughter – author guest post


1 comment:

heathertlc said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.