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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Condom and Other Stories by Peter Chika is a collection of 17 short stories that will keep you entertained for hours. The stories feature feisty characters with endearing character traits, witty dialogues, and fun plots to make them irresistible. A perfect traveling or commute partner, this collection has a little of everything for every reader. The opening story, “The Condom,” is the story of Ike, a man who cannot keep it in his pants. All hell breaks loose when his wife, Laura, finds a condom on the floor, or does it? My favorite was “Scent of a Child” in which Ada is childless and tired of her mother-in-law taunting her. She decides to do something about it, anything, as long as she gets a baby. Each story tells a different tale of different characters as they share a little slice of their lives.
Each story was on a different topic. While most authors keep a singular theme and connect each short story with that theme, Peter Chika takes this collection as an opportunity to leave a commentary on human behavior and morality. He does it without making the collection boring. A colorful cast of characters makes sure readers are entertained and engrossed. I loved Ike and Laura, but Ibrahim, Dike, and Buchi the most. I formed a connection with Chineze Nwankwo instantly. They were colorful characters, morally ambiguous and intense. The dialogues are the most fun for me. The twists in each of the stories are unpredictable. I thought I would be able to predict what will happen in the next story, but I wasn’t able to do it even once. I highly recommend this collection!