One More Day

This collection of seven short stories all revolves around the idea of time suddenly and unexpectedly standing still.

First of all, I have to say that I absolutely love the cover of this book. I had seen the collection mentioned on a few different blogs before it came out, and while I could never remember the name, I recognized the lovely cover immediately. It’s a simple but pretty cover, and the nice details of the front of the book are continued inside. This collection is laid out in a great way, in which each story gets its own title page, acknowledgements, and author page, so that the collection is like seven mini-books, rather than just a series of stories. I was very impressed by this (good job to the talents at J. Taylor Publishing!)

Anyways, onto the stories themselves. What made this collection a fun read is that while some anthologies have a fairly vague theme, this collection had a specific start point. Each character has to undergo the same sort of moment, and it was really interesting to see where the stories went from that key second in time. Sometimes different tales had very similar aspects, and sometimes the stories were just worlds apart from one another. It was really neat to see what each different author brought to the same beginning idea.

Now I will freely admit that I didn’t “get” all of the stories…some of the tales I found a bit confusing, and I didn’t understand the point of them, I guess. But some of the other stories I really liked. My second favourite tale of the collection was L.S. Murphy’s “The 13th Month”, which was epic and sad and had a totally unexpected ending. And my favourite story was Danielle E. Shipley’s “A Morrow More”, because I really wanted to delve into the world of the Inkborn more, and I would be really happy to read the entirety of Raeve’s story!

All in all, One More Day is definitely worth checking out if you like reading short stories, and are fascinated by the concept of what would happen if time suddenly stood still. There is a fair bit of romance, some personal discovery, and even a few bloody battles amongst the pages of this collection, and for me it was a quick, fun read.

2 Responses so far.

  1. Lexa Cain says:
    That IS a stunning cover. I often have trouble with collections of short stories by different authors. Many less experienced authors don't really understand what a short story (or flash fiction) entails. It needs to have a beginning, middle and end, and the finale needs to include a full story arc or surprising twist that makes sense and has closure. Thanks for the review. 🙂
  2. Deshipley says:
    Thanks for reviewing, Mere! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book!
    (And I may be wriggling with joy that I got called out as a favorite. Maybe just a little.)

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