The Cats of Savone by David-Michael Harding

18462357I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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.

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  • These sound like great stories, especially “My Boo Radley.” Being from Alabama, I love To Kill a Mockingbird!

    Try Vampires in the Lemon Grove next!

    • Thanks for the recommendation!

  • I am not really a short story person. This concept is interesting though, turning the most voted for short into something longer. Thanks for sharing!

    • I don’t read collections of short stories either, I prefer a novel, but I do read novellas (like Edith Wharton). This was a first, but I really liked the stories! I’m also a fan of David Michael-Harding – he is a good author.

  • This sounds like an interesting collection. I’ve added it to my To Read list. Thanks for your review.

  • Maybe not the collection for me

  • My Boo Radley was my ultimate favorite! But it WAS really hard to choose! I’m glad you finished and shared your top 3 choices, because I have been dying to know what you thought!

    • Now you know 😉
      I enjoyed My Boo Radley too, he should write a full length novel about all three… I wish

  • Short stories are hit and miss with me, but I do enjoy reading them from time to time. This sounds like a wonderful collection!

    • It was a nice collection, yes. I enjoyed the majority of stories, there was only one that I didn’t like.

  • Short stories aren’t usually my cup of tea, but I’m glad this book was a winner for you!

    • I don’t read collections of short stories either, I prefer a full length novel, but this one was nice. I promise.

  • What a fun idea! It often seems a pity when you read a short story and think it would’ve been excellent as a novel, so it sounds a great idea to ask readers about their opinion for that. Glad you liked the book.

    • I agree. I think it’s awesome what he is doing!

  • Isi

    All of them are very good! St Alden is intriguing, you are right!
    And I also loved Forever beneath the Sea because it was about a real historical event, and well, it was told from the point of view of “the bad guys”.
    I’m glad you’ve read and liked it!

    • I also liked that one – about guilt during war-time. I think that must have been my fourth favourite!