March 10, 2016

Book Review: "Train Shots" by Vanessa Blakeslee

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Train Shots, by Vanessa Blakeslee

Train Shots
By Vanessa Blakeslee
Burrow Press
Reviewed by Jason Pettus

Regular readers know that I find it difficult to write reviews of short-story collections -- the shortness of each piece makes it hard to do a really good analytical look at the book as a whole, while the nature of such collections means that some pieces might be great while others are terrible -- and Vanessa Blakeslee's Train Shots is a great example of what I'm talking about. Not particularly great nor particularly terrible, these slice-of-life character-heavy pieces sometimes are long and engaging, sometimes tiny and that barely make a blip on the consciousness; and like most story collections I review here, it comes recommended for those who are already a fan of the author, but can be easily skipped by those who aren't. A middle-of-the-road score to reflect the uneven nature of story collections in general, some of these pieces deserve a higher score than this, while others deserve a lower one, averaged out in the end as a symbol for me shrugging my shoulders once finished and saying to myself, "Meh."

Out of 10: 7.5

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Filed by Jason Pettus at 7:00 AM, March 10, 2016. Filed under: Literature | Literature:Fiction | Reviews |