The Trees: A Collection

By Todd Brabander

This is a collection of five quick stories- three shorts and two flashes. The stories were all easy to read, though a bit jumpy. All of the stories were very different from one another, fit a good amount of plot in their pages, and a few of them had surprising twists at the end. They each had unique bits of absurdity and horror in them. Sheltered was by far my favorite story of the collection, and the choppiness worked well for this story. The Trees in particular gave a vivid feel of forests in the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately two of the stories, Laroche and The Trees, had predictable endings that took away from their building momentum. As a warning there is a touch of gore.

I would recommend these stories as a fun Sunday night read.

Nibble: “The robot felt something small give way under his foot.”

My Rating: 6 out of 10 fiery cursed apples

I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author via LibraryThing.

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