Saturday, February 11, 2012
Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology by Larissa Hinton
An anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary.
Everblossom is a journey through poems and short stories that may seem ordinary on the surface but dig a little deeper and the world not only shifts. It changes.
From the author who brought you Iwishacana/Acanawishi, she now brings you a dash of everything from dark fantasy to the paranormal to even romance. So prepare yourself to delve into the three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed, you'll go through them all with a whole new perspective on what it all truly means.
This was a fresh and fun poetry and short story anthology that I had the treat to read and review. It is set up in three stages: Seed, Bud, and Blossom. These stages coincide not only with flowers but with our own lives, and Ms. Hinton does a nice job of letting us see this as soon as the collection starts.
In many anthologies like this one, the main issue is that there is no interconnecting plot weaving through it; no pattern that makes us feel like we are reading an actual book. This one, however, manages to accomplish that very well. The stories are the best part about the book. They are short yet not “fluffy”, but instead pack a serious punch of imagination. For me “Crash and Burn” was the best story, providing a nice view into the troubled lives of beginning love. Succinct and full of meaning.
The poems didn’t fare quite as well with me as the stories. The majority of them were too simple, containing too little of the rich imagery which I prefer in poetry. To me, this was the collection’s weaker point.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something a little different, a little lighter to read.