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Long Live Us by Mark R. Brand is a collection of short stories that debuts tomorrow. I know some of you guys stay away from short stories, and I used to, too.
There’s this misconception that short stories are tough to get into, or that by the time you’re into them, they end.
You know what? Some short stories are like that. But others are fabulous, and they give you just what you need.
Most of the stories in this collection are like that: just right.
Here are a few summaries of some of my favorites:
Red Rocket is the opening story, and steals your heart right away. Darryl is having a hard time at school because the other kids tease him about his father who “is an astronaut”. Is he really away on this really long trip, or is this just what mom told him to keep him from thinking his dad is a bum?
Potluck is a dystopian tale (very realistic though) where healthy weight is mandatory for getting anywhere in life. Kids and teens are practically starved, weighed in often, and know that if their BMI is too high, they’re not getting into college. The teens take drastic measures to get extra food and also to make weight.
Nose Goblins tells the tale of a disease that takes over the society, causing everyone to be locked inside in quarantine. Trust me, it’s unique!
She Was Never Free to Begin With is one of the short stories that left me with a lot of questions, and sticks in my mind as a story I would definitely read if it was turned into a novel. Kids being raised independently from parents in school compounds, flash mobs. . . something is up.
What’s your favorite short story collection?