Snapshots


Fiction - Short Story/Novela
220 Pages
Reviewed on 02/09/2020
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

Snapshots: A Collection of Short Stories, written by Eliot Parker, contains a fascinating set of stories. With settings in large cities and small towns, in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, each story is distinctly unique. Some stories are tinged with magical realism, while others are filled with everyday, real-life circumstances. From funeral homes and cemeteries (with some unexplainable, ghostly appearances), to local baseball games and neighbors’ feuds about dogs, to mysterious truck accidents and local prisons, the variation of plots is remarkable. Each one captures the reader’s attention immediately and keeps the reader engaged throughout the story. Some stories may mystify the reader, while others will elicit feelings of wonderment, or sadness; all have gripping elements. Once a story is started, the reader has to finish it immediately.

Skilled short story writing requires clear and concise descriptions and character development. In this book of short stories, this type of writing skill is evident. Within a paragraph or two, the situation has been clearly defined, and many unexpected twists and turns occur throughout the tale until the story has reached its resolution. The development of each main character is also well done. For example, when the parents of the Chillicothe Paints’ baseball pitcher sit down in front of Harvey and Amanda, the personalities of the four spectators are quickly established. How they interact with each other, and how the story ends are the unexpected parts. Author Eliot Parker has masterfully developed a set of captivating stories in Snapshots: A Collection of Short Stories. A thought-provoking and entertaining read!

Sara

Excellent book. Highly recommend