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Reviewed by Juan Lynch for Readers' Favorite
Computer Love: A Digital Anthology by Ricardo Pierre-Louis is an intriguing collection of eight short stories. Each story is character-driven. The focus is usually on the emotional state of the protagonists as they interact with those around them. For example, in the first story, Marley’s Mom, Marley, a five-year-old boy, is seen struggling to get his mom’s love and attention. The theme of working for love and attention pops up in other stories. Other themes this work highlights include loss, death, poverty, racism, and mental health issues. It is not all gloom and doom; some of the stories inspire hope for the future.
I enjoyed Computer Love by Ricardo Pierre-Louis. Admittedly, some stories were more interesting than others. However, overall, each story was thought-provoking. The stories An Essential Worker and Matron both left me wanting to know more about the protagonists. On the other hand, The Guardian read like the premise of a sci-fi novel. Of note, the story titled Computer Love is comprised of six consecutive chapters. Each chapter flows beautifully into the next as the character is fleshed out and the plot thickens. The main character, Jamie, has a chance encounter with Eva at a coffee shop and is quickly smitten by her good looks, but her profession is considered shameful. I like that this anthology forced me to ponder the importance of relationships in my life.