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review 2016-01-07 21:00
Hotel Luz by S.A. McAuley
The Hotel Luz (A Ten Endings Short Story, #1) - S.A. McAuley

"Leo and Elia are best friends who are more — but never acknowledge that reality to each other. What happens when, after twelve years apart, they meet again? It all starts with a tweet…"

 

Short, warm, heartbreaking. Beautiful.

Short, bittersweet story about first love. The one that wasn't forever, but never really left you. The one that still hurts years later, and that you can never really forget.

This story breaks your heart, but also restores your faith and hope. Because in the end the past is the past, and no matter how much you might regret parts of it, you'll never be able to change it. Very well done, very emotional and beautiful in it's twist and conclusion.

 

Definitely recommended.

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review 2015-10-11 00:00
Coyote Bluff
Coyote Bluff - Marshall Thornton

Short and bittersweet - with a little grain of salt.

I can't even explain why I love Marshall Thornton's writing so much, I just do. His words feel so real to me and touch me everytime, even though his style is far from purple or "romantic". Even this story, that is clearly not a romantic novella, broke my heart a little. The contemplation of life and love and trust wasn't a neat little linear monologue, and Gary was not what I would call a "straight and narrow" kind of guy. But he didn't have to be, because in the end it was about more than just a relationship, but still all about love and trust and happiness with yourself and another person. Like I said, bitter sweet and very real. I really liked this one. It didn't hurt that Thornton has the technicalities of short stories down to a T. Really good.

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