The Bloody Chamber is a short story collection, which reimagines fairy tales. So this book fits the task for a book that is set in an imaginary place.
This short story collection was not my cup of tea. Angela Carter writing style is flowery, verbose, convoluted, very description-heavy and symbolical, a writing style I don´t particularly like. And to be honest, some of these stories went over my head and I didn´t get a grasp on the feminist overtones that this book apparently has to offer. Instead I was put off by the constant display of sex and power and the repetitiveness of the fairy tales Angela Carter has used for her short stories.
I´m still waiting for a short story collection that works for me. This one, unfortunately, didn´t, even though I really liked the story "The Bloody Chamber".
A few days ago I read Afterlife, a story about a man who was reported as being dead twice by the local paper. While containing dark humour, this story was about our disconnection and continues to leave an impression on me days after reading it.
I'm continuing to take this collection of short stories very slowly and still enjoying it immensely.
This is book #3, in the Leaning Into series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to better understand the series, I recommend reading it in order.
Nick is a tech genius, who tends to forget everything when he is making better things happen in the lab. For real life and relationships - he does not do so well. In the middle of a deal with a deadline, he is hoping for a miracle. Hoping he can still trust those closes to him.
Wes owns an amazing winery where Nick purchased some wine. They meet when Nick goes to the winery, and unexpectedly has the worst run of luck he has had in some time. Despite all the animosity and attraction crackling in the air, Wes does his best to be kind to Nick.
This story actually surprised me. I was not a big fan of Nick's character after reading the first couple books int he series. His story made me understand him, and why he does what he does better. The flow and pace seem to go along well. The characters make a great couple. The narrator made some odd pronounciations that caught me off guard, but otherwise had a very pleasant voice. I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!
***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.