Friday, 29 March 2013

That Sadie Thing

Although I have reviewed this on Goodreads, I have been meaning to write a post about this collection of short stories, That Sadie Thing   Kindle Edition available now! by Annalisa Crawford .

Although Annalisa and I have been blogging buddies for quite a while now, this isn't a 'favour' review or a 'suck-up' plug - I genuinely want to tell you how much I enjoyed these stories and why.

I am a fan of short stories, but find that they are often a bit 'twee' or go the other way and are quite obscure and have no sort of satisfactory ending. Not in this anthology! I read this in the space of a few hours because it was so hard to put down. If you have read Annalisa's Cat and the Dreamer you will know that Annalisa has a quirky, honest style. That is what I loved about the stories in That Sadie Thing. They are varied in style and theme but I became absorbed in each and every one and even shed the odd tear. At this point, I was about to tell you about my favourite stories, but looking back through the book, I realised that each of them, as I came to it, felt like my favourite! 'Omelette' is touching, 'Beth' is someone many of us will be able to empathise with and brings a lump to the throat, 'The Walking Dead' is ultimately heart-warming, despite the title (!), 'Open Windows' is very moving (sniff) - and I could go on. Can you tell how much I enjoyed these stories? I'm no reviewer - I'm pretty rubbish at analysing why I like something because when I read I absorb atmosphere and rarely remember many details - which makes it fabulous when I want to re-read something because I have hardly any memory of it at all except that I liked it...

If you're looking for something refreshing and different but highly satisfying, I really recommend That Sadie Thing. It's available on Kindle - links below - but I really wish it was a paperback because it's just the sort of book I like to own and pass around!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sadie-Thing-other-stories-ebook/dp/B00BK8PN0I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363195202&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Sadie-Thing-other-stories-ebook/dp/B00BK8PN0I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363195259&sr=8-1&keywords=that+sadie+thing

7 comments:

Dana said...

I've heard so much about these stories. They sound wonderful! I'll be reading this book soon. :)

Annalisa Crawford said...

Thank you so much for this post, Linda. 'Beth' is one of my favourites so I'm really glad you liked that one. And I'd never realised 'The Walking Dead' had such a negative title - it made sense when I wrote the story :-)

L.G. Smith said...

Short stories are incredibly tricky to write well, in my opinion. Good for her. And what a creepy yet intriguing cover. :)

Linda King said...

Annalisa - The Walking Dead is a perfect, heart-rending title for the subject matter!

Dana - you must!

LG (!) The cover is great, isn't it?

Laura said...

I've seen this one around and you've just convinced me to get it into my Kindle :)
Lx

Emily L. Moir-Genther said...

This is the first time I've heard about this book. I'll have to check it out. That cover really is intriguing.

Francene Stanley said...

Good review. At first I thought the title was 'Sad Thing'., because of what you remarked on at my blog: Sad Friday. ;-) Keep writing.