Tales From an Odd Mind

Fiction - General
146 Pages
Reviewed on 07/30/2020
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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite

In Nom D Plume's Tales From An Odd Mind, we find a variety of different short stories and poems. While some are about death and beyond, others are borderline supernatural. We start off with a series of varying short stories that range from assassins finding a small child in the middle of a job to a man being raised from the dead after nearly two hundred years of being buried. We then have some insightful poems such as Ode To Langston Hughes, as well as Origin and Dandelion which tells of a person with no name and no ability to communicate with their words. Finally, we have a longer short story that revolves around the idea of reincarnation and reincarnated souls that always find each other in their current lives.

I really enjoyed reading this book and loved the short stories and poems. I like how Plume wrote such a varying degree of genres in Tales From An Odd Mind. Past and present as well as the supernatural and science fiction all have a place in this book of short stories and poetry. My favorite short story would have to be A Black Dog, A Graveyard, and The Sea because it had an Edgar Allan Poe sort of feel to it. A man mysteriously resurrected after being dead for over two hundred years and the black dog that greets him as he wakes. Black dogs are often associated with bad luck and death itself, being called hellhounds in various myths. The fact that a big black dog greets Grey Jones when he rises from the ground makes one wonder what will become of this living dead man as he sets out. I also liked We Few Old Souls and Origin and Dandelion. The photos that are shown before each piece of writing tells a story all on its own and blends well with the subject matter. Overall, Nom D Plume has written an eye-catching and attention-grabbing book of stories that many will enjoy. I am eager to read more of their work.

K.C. Finn

Tales From an Odd Mind is a work of fiction that encompasses a collection of stories and poems on different themes and was penned under the author name of Nom D. Plume. The work comprises several different formats of storytelling, from poetic narratives that toy with voice and delivery, to traditional short stories and those which are opening chapters, to the beginnings of larger tales not yet completed. What results is a varied collection of different artistic expressions and experimentations with the storytelling style, including fantasy and science fiction elements, mysteries, and emotive tales of characters who are put to the test by circumstances out of their control.

Author Nom D. Plume has crafted an interesting collection which is just as much an exploration of a writer’s creative mind as it is a collection of stories to read and become immersed in. There are plenty of Chapter Ones here that I would love to see turned into full stories, especially Origin and Dandelion and A Black Dog, A Graveyard and the Sea. The author writes with smooth prose that flows well and gives a good description of setting and atmosphere, but this is also well balanced against the characters and the action of the tales. I also felt that the dialogue was a strong point, which served to immediately characterize different figures, and was distinct in each tale. Overall, I would certainly recommend Tales From an Odd Mind for readers who enjoy varied genres, interesting characters, and thought-provoking concepts in their reading experience.

Lit Amri

Nom D. Plume’s Tales From An Odd Mind is a journey through short stories, poetry, and prose filled with thrills, tears, fear, and questions. 'Death' has the honor of introducing the collection before readers move on to the First Section: Chapter Ones; "the beginnings of several tales whose endings have yet to be told". Two companions roam the enchanted part of the world in Off The Map; in Wolf & Raven, two agents from an undisclosed organization are having a disagreement while waiting for their ride after a bloody mission. A prisoner ponders his fate as the ship he’s on flies further and further away from his family and friends in A Warped View Of The Stars. In Project Kage, a special forces squad is sent to investigate the disappearance of soldiers and scientists who were stationed in an Arctic base.

Death and rebirth separate and reconnect several individuals in the Second Section: We Few Old Souls. Third Section: Poetry And Prose starts off with An Ode To Langston Hughes and ends with a personal musing which may or may not be reflective of Nom D. Plume's real life. The concept, settings, and characters are diverse, ranging from the familiar to the uncanny. Even the author’s pseudonym adds a layer of mystery. Chapter Ones is the most intriguing part of the collection and I couldn’t help but hope that some of these tales will get their chance to be a full story. Simply put, Tales From An Odd Mind is a fascinating read and I look forward to reading more of Plume's work.