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The Typishly Tales (Six Further Short Stories) by Jonathan Land Evans is a collection of short stories that examine human nature, focussing on the thoughts that define humanity as prisoners of the mind. In each story, there is a single narrator who confronts fear resulting from their overanalysis of the situation. In A Visitor, the reader examines the narrator’s inevitable yet futile paranoia. Suttington Remembered illustrates humankind’s phobias and obsession with its dark side. The Rivals deals with a man's constant sense of competition, which contributes to his lack of mental tranquillity. On The Cusp explores perpetual guilt concerning what could have happened in life. Each story appears to have a man versus man conflict, but it eventually reveals a battle between man and the self.
The crisp tales offer very few pauses between the author's narrative in each story. Before another exposition begins, each thought forms a long string of ideas. While the short pauses do affect readability, the thoughts don't seem to waver at any point. Jonathan Land Evans presents his ideas as they come to him in a conversational way that comes across as complete and organized. The characters reflect a varied spectrum of personalities and are representative of the complex human psyche. The tales, of serious yet humorous nature, represent a microcosm of the sufferings that humans bear because of their inherent nature. The Typishly Tales demonstrate the human inability to comprehend things that are outside of their intellectual capacity. The observant reader will appreciate how complicated the human mind can be.