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Favorite Monster: Stories

by Sharma Shields

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In her debut story collection, Shields unveils the truth behind every monster.

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The pandemic is a wonderful time to tackle short story collections for already short attention spans. I love this collection. Sharma Shields might get buried under the pile of all of those similar whimsical short story writers that I love, but to me, Shields is just as good: Kelly Link, Karen Russell, George Saunders, Julia Elliott, and a billion other writers of the type. Stories with that touch of the whimsical or fantastical covering an underlying darkness. In the case of Shields, usually featuring cryptids or mythical beasts in everyday situations (like Medusa in the FANTASTIC 'Brains and Beauty') but sometimes some humanish beasts acting monstrously. Either way, the stories are lovely. 'Neighborhood' is a short example of her style, somehow I'm unable to find it online, though one of my favorites. I'm glad I found this collection and the writing of Sharma Shields in general. Every story is a treat, though I wish some had been longer. I will be a fan as long as she is writing! ( )
  booklove2 | May 9, 2020 |
Great collection of short stories from local author!
  SFCC | Jun 11, 2013 |
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