Review of ‘Pithy Perspectives’ by author Raja Arasa Ratnam.
This truly is a smorgasbord of short stories. With 21 wonderful short stories to choose from, I decided to skip about and read in no particular order- simply because I could due to the way the author crafted this book.
Grounded quickly became an early favorite as I liked the interaction of the characters but dear Rueben in the Boat People reminded me much of the delightfully browbeaten Richard in Keeping Up Appearances on PBS.
Nothing Fishy at the Seaside was another story that stood out as I liked the idea of the story and it made my brain work double time.
The last story, Of Mice and Morality, was captivating, thought-provoking, poetic, and left me feeling inspired by the end of it.
After much debating, I find choosing a favorite from these delightful gems is a task that is far more difficult than it seems. While they are stand-alone stories, they flow nicely together when read one after the other.
The author managed to take an eclectic mix of stories and create a book that one can read a little at a time or in one sitting with the same outcome-a true pleasure to read. The stories are engaging, unpredictable, a little weird, highly imaginative, and will appeal to a wide audience.
If you appreciate exceptional short fiction like I do I’m sure you’ll enjoy this 5 star collection. It’s available on Kindle at a very affordable price.
(Review by William Potter of Independent Author Network)