13 Ways: Illustrated Stories by TD Whittle and Sandra Peterson Ramirez
Each one starting with a picture, ranging from shots of nature, people, and buildings, the sixteen stories included in ‘13 Ways: Illustrated Stories’ by TD Whittle and Sandra Peterson Ramirez are brief poignant perceptions into the world that constantly surrounds us. The images featured at the beginning of each narrative serve as a leaping point, from which the two authors take as inspiration to weave within the story that follows. The tales vary in genre, with everything from surrealism, suspense, comedy and science fiction being present, but they flow together in a pleasing and interesting way that causes the reader to reflect upon the stories and compare them to one another. All of the pieces included within this book can easily be considered touching and memorable, but the real gems are Taking Flight and Side Effects, one story to represent each of the authors’ major strengths.
It is obvious that the two authors featured in this collection have different ideas and writing styles, but they both succeed at capturing the imaginative spirit with the words they write on the page, constructing phrases that evoke enthralling emotions. The stories are written with care, and you can tell that both of these authors really take pride in crafting an entertaining story, regardless of how long it is. Some will make you laugh, others will make you cry, and all will make you wonder about this life and why things are the way they are. The writing is easy to get through and is a real pleasure to read. If you enjoy short stories, then you will definitely take pleasure in reading ‘13 Ways: Illustrated Stories.’
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