A Very Long Single Sentence Review About Why You Should Definitely Read Grim Tales

11 Feb

I knew after I’d read Matt Bell’s effusive and extraordinary introduction to Norman Lock’s Grim Tales that I was in for a treat, and indeed, the book I read was like nothing else I’d ever read before, as  the characters in these very short stories or fables or maybe anecdotes deal with almost nothing but the dangers of being alive–the danger not only from mundane, everyday objects suddenly in revolt, but most of all the dangers of loving, of being a wife or a husband or a lover and living on the knife’s edge of being the most important person, for better or for worse, in someone else’s life–and what that might mean for your own; the book was such a quick read yet for days afterward I couldn’t stop shivering, and also marveling at the craft, the tight structure, the perfect sentences, and most of all the small moments of grace, of quiet beauty that Lock allows us amidst the carnage and the wreckage.

3 Responses to “A Very Long Single Sentence Review About Why You Should Definitely Read Grim Tales”

  1. Matt February 11, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    I can’t believe you hadn’t already read GRIM TALES, Amber. It’s so right up your alley, from the start. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for spreading the word about Norman’s fantastic book.

    • Amber Sparks February 11, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

      Yeah, I have no idea why I hadn’t read it. It was my first selection with my Mudluscious subscription and I was so excited about it. And with huge justification. Nice intro! You’re doing your own bit to spread the word, with that.

      • Matt February 12, 2011 at 2:18 am #

        It was an honor to be asked to do it, and I’m very grateful to J.A. and Norman for allowing me to be a part of this reprint. Hopefully MLP keeps it in print and available for a long, long time, so that other people can keep finding what we’ve found.

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