These days, you can find anything you need at the click of a button.
That’s why I bought her heart online.
Spirits in jam jars, mini-apocalypses, animal hearts and side shows.
A girl runs a coffin hotel on a remote island.
A boy is worried his sister has two souls.
A couple are rewriting the history of the world.
And mermaids are on display at the local aquarium.
The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of twelve haunting stories; modern fairy tales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls.
This is my first time reading short stories and I quite liked it. I feel like short stories could be a pick for those of you who is busy and do not have much time to read everyday. It could also be perfect for those who needs an extra book to read on the side 🙂
On to the book. The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is loved by many. It has 12 stories that are feel distant to one and another, make it easy to remember each of the story. However, I have gave it three stars. I don’t know if it’s because her writing style, or perhaps because I have never read anything quite like it before. But, it took me a long time to read the book. There are parts that I have to read over, and over and over again to be able to understand what she meant. Even so, there are times where I just swallowed it down and kept reading without really grasp the meaning of the sentence (I promised I tried). Hence, when finished reading this book, I felt there is something missing, and I don’t like that feeling.
However, there are four stories that are my favourites. Two of them are THE BEST. They are Animals and Aunt Libby’s Coffin Hotel. These stories are 5 stars read for me. The story “Animals” is so dark and creepy. It’s beautifully strange in its own way. I LOVED IT. Coffin Hotel is eerie and enchanting. I loved the idea of this story. I wish Jen write a book based on this story alone! The other two of my favourites are, The Beginning of The World in the Middle of the Night and Jacob. I gave each equally 4 stars.
All in all, if you are a fan of short stories, you should really give this one a go.
Thank you for reading!