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Are You There, by Jack Skillingstead Book Review | SFReader.com
Are You There, by Jack Skillingstead Genre: Mixed Genre Collection Publisher: Fairwood Press Published: 2014 Review Posted: 7/30/2014 Reviewer Rating:
Reader Rating: Not Rated
Are You There, by Jack Skillingstead
Book Review by Bill Johnson
Have you read this book?
Norman Helmcke, aging pit bull, pounded away at his keyboard in the law offices of Cohen, Helmcke & Melko. After another sleepless night his eyes were burning. Then it happened again. Norman stopped typing. He slumped, pulled off his glasses. The Wakita brief went blurry. Norman himself felt blurry, contingent, as yet another hole opened within him.
This one was big.
Though sixty two and divorced three times, Norman had always remembered his first love. He recalled her by the scent she had worn in high school: Ben Nuit. Associational memory. Like a sensory switch in his mind, lighting up secret chambers, illuminating innocent preoccupations he hadn't experienced in decades. But now it was if someone had had crept into his memory vault and stolen the bottle amber- gold perfume. And with the scent gone, so was the girl. Oh, he could remember Connie, but her vital presence was faded -- a departing shadow. (Are You There, Skillingstead, Fairwood Press, 2014)
This book is a collection of short stories written by one author. If you like short stories you might like this book.
I didn't. I struggled to read all of the stories, thinking that they might get more enjoyable. They didn't, at least for me.
I give it two stars.
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