|TITLE:||All Points North|
|AUTHOR:||Shelby R. Lee, III|
All Points North is a collection of thirteen short stories. The stories seem to have no common theme or purpose and range from serious to somewhat humorous. I felt most of the stories were rather disjointed and unorganized. Some of them seemed to be going in circles with flashbacks and “I forgot to mention” moments.
The first story in the collection – “All Points North” – is about a yacht race. The author uses a large amount of sailing jargon to describe the race conditions and what the sailors are going through. Without some knowledge of sailing, the story would have made no sense at all. As it was, I almost understood what the author was saying.
The story I enjoyed most was “Boy Freud”. This story of a psychologist “want-to-be” (or a really bad psychologist) was entertaining. Even with this story, I did not really appreciate it till the 3rd or 4th reading.
My advice to the reader of this story collection is to take your time reading each story and read it at least twice.
The stories have great potential, but I feel they need some reworking to be “great”.
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