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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Art's Place: Stories & Diversions is a collected work of fiction that features short stories, many of which were award-winning, published, or highly commended, and all of which were penned by author Michael Fedo. There is a definite theme of subverting the norms throughout the collection, and all of the stories will offer pleasant surprises to the reader when unexpected things take the place of the familiar. From arts fans with the vigor of sports fans through to thrashing heads to the sound of symphonic concertos, what results in this collection is a highly innovative array of engaging tales.
I always enjoy an anthology because it really gives you a feel for the full range and style of an author, and Michael Fedo’s obvious talent for storytelling is sure to captive readers, whatever their initial taste in genre may be. As with any short story collection, the concepts, atmospheres, and characters all have to grab you at once, and Fedo has the artform down pat to transport you straight into an interesting world from the opening paragraphs. I enjoyed the dialogue very much, and there are plenty of quotable lines that will stay with you and keep a smile on your face long after you’ve closed the book. Amongst all these many strengths of this unusual collection, the standout at its core is the sheer innovation to think in an alternative way, ‘making strange’ our world for us to see it anew. Overall, Art's Place: Stories & Diversions is a highly recommended read.