The Cats of Savone is a collection of short stories, or as per the book cover “Short Novels for Busy People”. I like reading novellas and there are some stories in this volume that could pass for a novella, but this is actually the first time I’ve picked up a collection of short stories.
Having read How Angels Die by the same author, which I loved and count as one of my favourite historical fiction novels, I just had to say yes to review this one too. In this book, David gives us 8 unique stories that cover different genres such as historical fiction and fantasy. He also notes that most novels starts out as short stories and gives us, his readers, the opportunity to read the eight short stories and vote for our favourite. The story that gets the most votes will be turned into a full length novel!
I have about 3 stories that I really enjoyed, but unfortunately I had to pick only one favourite which was “St Alden’s”. It’s a story about the fight between good and evil. The story starts out with 3 students that are supposed to start their college life at St Alden’s university, but when they get there they learn that the university has some mysterious secrets about it. Being entrusted to be on the side of good, the three students find themselves in the middle of the fight against evil. However weird the story may be, and not my usual type of story, I really enjoyed reading it.
I’ve also enjoyed “Black Men in Bright Blue” where a ten year old girl came to learn about slavery and the cruel truth behind it. My third favourite would be “My Boo Radley” that is about a young boy who lived next to a man everyone called The Elephant Man and was convinced he is a monster, yet the man is everything but that. He teaches the boy lessons in baseball, which takes him far in his chosen sport, but the boy learns a valuable lesson at the end of the story.
Do you enjoy short stories? I’d say give this collection a try, who knows… your favourite might become a full length novel and you’ll be able to find out what happens after you turned the last page on the story you most enjoyed.