Title: Road to Woop Woop
Author: Eugen Bacon
Genre: Collection / Speculative Fiction / Dark Fantasy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Road to Woop Woop and Other Stories is a collection of 24 of Eugen Bacon’s tales that run the gambit of warm and witty to chillingly sinister. The thread that pulls these stories together is relationships within storytelling, whether it is a father and daughter or an author and his story; Eugen Bacon builds you a world where the bond between the two is the crux.
These narratives are compelling and provoking, and this book is impossible to put down. Vignette after vignette pulls you further along the line until you are well hooked. And although some stories are short, the compendium allows the reader to nosh at will what they may and leave more for another bite later.
What I truly enjoyed was Bacon’s ability to paint imagery with her words. In some stories, she used short, staccato sentences making the atmosphere lift. Whereas others, she dug deep in lyrical prose in odes to grief. One of the most lovely questions she poses to her reader in so many places is what happens when you fall apart. In some of the narratives, the characters get up again, others they don’t–but it doesn’t matter when you are on the Road to Woop Woop.
Oh, and I loved the artwork! The wrapper is just gorgeous.
I recommend this to short story lovers. It kept bringing to mind Sarah Hall’s Sudden Traveler.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary advance copy of this book.
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