Sunday, September 21, 2014

Juliet Escoria's Black Cloud

For a debut collection Black Cloud is very good.

Escoria is very obviously talented but I felt the stories lacked heft. Just as soon as they started to pick up steam they inevitably ended. I would love to see what she does with more solidly developed characters, story lines et c. It is hard to distinguish the line in (all of) these stories between fiction and non-fiction. Most if not all are written in first or second person which has a great deal of impact. This is difficult to pull off.

I found 'The other kind of Magic' to be the most well developed story in the collection.