There Is No Death in Finding Nemo


Fiction - Short Story/Novela
141 Pages
Reviewed on 09/19/2023
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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite

What does a scorned woman who finally gets the perfect form of poetic revenge on her sadistic partner, a mirror with a disturbingly manic hold on its delusional beholder, and an honest dreamer with the makings of an idea that could end global hunger have in common? They are all intrinsic parts of the collection of intriguing short stories that comprise Jeffrey M. Feingold’s anthology, There Is No Death in Finding Nemo. Read along and be enthralled as a master in the art of short story creation seduces your mind and captures your attention with some of his best works.

Jeffrey M. Feingold has already shown with his previous works that his ability to craft truly unique stories is unparalleled in his genre, but with There Is No Death in Finding Nemo, he raises the bar beautifully. His character definition is impressive as he crafts one-of-a-kind individuals with unusual origins and manages to marry that with eloquent conversations that are as witty as they are deep. Mark's growing infatuation with his reflection feels natural yet disturbing, but even that is outdone by Francine's weird solution to dealing with a patriarchal society. What stands out is how Feingold tells his story, pushing the limits of the unimaginable to such a point that the conclusion confounds you just when you think you have it all figured out. Feingold's collection of short stories is genre-defining in not just their composition but their presentation. You read this kind of book multiple times because you can't get enough of it.

Anelynde Smit

There Is No Death in Finding Nemo by Jeffrey M. Feingold is a series of short stories that are bound to entertain you. In The Narcissist we follow Dakota and Zayden, who move in together after a whirlwind romance but things are not what they seem. Will Zayden's secret destroy their relationship? In The Mirror, we find Mark who seems to be experiencing something supernatural. Every time he looks in the mirror in the den, he has never looked better. He appears to be fitter and healthier than ever before but goes down a dark spiral of dramatic proportions. In Avram's Miracle, we follow Avram, an ambitious young man who has a machine that turns water into wheat. He wants to feed the world but there is a big problem. In The Box, we meet Francine who is given a mysterious magical box by an equally curious woman and her life turns inside out. Finally, we have the story that gave rise to the title in There Is No Death in Finding Nemo, where we meet Phil and Mary and join them in an argument. Phil is transported back to significant events in their lives to remind him of what he has.

There Is No Death in Finding Nemo by Jeffrey M. Feingold is a wonderful book filled with amazing stories. The author captures the characters perfectly and narrates the stories delightfully. His protagonists are life-like and the tales are filled with adventure. I found the writing style comfortable and the personalities relatable. This book will stay with you long after you have finished reading it. I loved the imagination that went into creating these characters and the originality that went into each story. This collection has great potential and I would love to see it dramatized as a mini-series for on-screen audiences. It is filled to the brim with twists that you will never see coming. This book is one of my favorites. I highly recommend it.

Pikasho Deka

Treat yourself to another enthralling short story collection by Jeffrey M. Feingold with There Is No Death in Finding Nemo. After discovering the true nature of her boyfriend, a young violinist comes up with an ingenious plan to exact revenge. An elderly dermatologist begins to lose his semblance of self, trying to regain his youthful vigor. A young man creates a device that could solve world hunger, only to realize that people would rather see others go hungry than lose their money. An art professor with synesthesia receives a mysterious box from a stranger and realizes she now has the power to make her problems disappear. Disappointed by how his life turned out, a man wallows in self-pity and dreams of an alternate reality where he has the perfect family.

This is the second anthology collection I've read by Jeffrey M. Feingold, and I think I've become a fan of the author. There Is No Death in Finding Nemo is a captivating collection of seven short stories that follow seemingly ordinary people in extraordinary situations, changing their lives. It's a testament to Feingold's writing ability that within a few pages, the author somehow manages to pull you into the lives of these characters who feel like people you may have met in real life. The endings always take you by surprise, and you can't wait to read the next story. All in all, a gem of a collection.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

There Is No Death in Finding Nemo by Jeffrey M. Feingold is a collection of short stories focusing on aging, revenge, wishful thinking or mental illness, adversity, denial, and relationships, often with a twist. Feingold’s characters range from young adults to individuals near the end of their journeys, and each faces a challenge or an understanding of their life's position.

Jeffrey M. Feingold sets the scene with deep imagery and detailed descriptions and slips seamlessly from one character’s thoughts to another’s to give the reader a clearer picture. Characters become familiar, and Feingold’s versatile writing style allows him to pen the views of male and female protagonists. In each story, an element or parts of the author’s extensive knowledge have been researched, like great composers, chemical compositions, and synesthesia. Familiar tastes, like vegetarianism and music, are linked to the characters in the work, causing the reader to wonder if the author draws parallels from his own life when he writes.

Most of the stories are realistic, but some contain a mystical component, as in The Box and The Mirror, which the reader could judge as magical or the product of an overactive mind. Other stories focus on altering perceptions, like watching a family patriarch decline and weakening marital relations. There Is No Death in Finding Nemo is fit for a library or on the bookcases of readers who enjoy short stories about the human condition.