GENRE: Fiction Short Story Collection
NUMBER OF PAGES: 276
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as part of NjKinnyâs blog tours. Thanks a lot!
A short story collection centering sewing as the theme yet under the genres of romance, mystery, thriller and political events - this whole concept of simply unimaginable to me. Moreover, the title by it is rather intriguing â how on the earth can sewing be dangerous - Unless of course, the writer decided to refer some other activity metaphorically as sewing. The cover simply amplified my curiosity for it was a patchwork quilt of images. I really had to pick up this book.
Needless to say, the book really didnât disappoint me. All the eleven short stories were equally just brilliant. The writer, S R Mallery, has simply given the art of sewing a totally new dimension. Can you imagine a patchwork quilt serving as a map of codes for liberating Negro slaves? Can you even think of patchwork quilt being used to smuggle forged German passports for Jewish nationals? This writer did just that in her stories. Each and every story dealt with different types of characters ranging from a newlywed woman trying to make her husband happy to differently abled yet talented slave escaping from her masterâs clutches. Each and every story was of a different genre namely â paranormal, historical, political, romance, mystery. This made the book a complete package. Though the writer has used the most common historical scenarios like the Salem witch trial, The Holocaust, American Dark Age of Slavery, she has present all of them in an entirely different perspective. She simply integrated sewing with all the above historical events in a brilliant manner and the result â a never thought of short story!
The writing was crisp and perfect with adequate importance given to the history or the genre in question. The characterization obviously was spot on and very much apt for a short story collection. But the highlight of the book would be the emotions. I experienced all emotions that each character emoted in the story â be is happiness or a sense of determination or agony. This is the handwork of brilliant writing!
MY SAY: A Must read collection of short stories.
PLOT : 9/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 0/10 (the lower the better and book wasnât one bit boring)
OVERALL RATING: 9/10
Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour of Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads by S.R Mallery. This is a collection of 11 short stories. Featuring stories from genres like mystery, history, romance and action, this anthology has been highly rated by readers all over the world and has 4.8 out of 5 rating on Goodreads.
And I am so excited to share this book on my blog today. Also, Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads by S.R Mallery is only 99c/Rs. 63 from a limited time!
~About the Book~
No. of Pages: 276
Publication Date: December 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction, Anthology, Short Stories, Romance, Mystery, Action
The eleven long short stories in "Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads" combine history, mystery, action and/or romance, and range from drug trafficking using Guatemalan hand-woven wallets, to an Antebellum U.S. slave using codes in her quilts as a message system to freedom; from an ex-journalist and her Hopi Indian maid solving a cold case together involving Katchina spirits, to a couple hiding Christian passports in a comforter in Nazi Germany; from a wedding quilt curse dating back to the Salem Witchcraft Trials, to a mystery involving a young seamstress in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; from a 1980âs Romeo and Juliet romance between a rising Wall Street financial âstarâ and an eclectic fiber artist, to a Haight-Asbury love affair between a professor and a beautiful macramÃ© artist gone horribly askew, just to name a few.
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