Review: “When Disconnected”, Christine Jayne Vann

Pros: Thoughtful tales of not belonging
Cons: One or two spots where things got a little weird or confusing for me
Rating: 4 out of 5

Author Christine Jayne Vann gives us the anthology: When Disconnected. It’s a fascinating look at many different ways in which one can feel alone in a crowd, or otherwise disconnected from those around them.

Most of these tales take place in a mildly fantastical universe, although a couple keep their feet on the ground for a more ‘normal’ feel. One story has some odd sort of aliens. Another involves a sort of end of the world scenario seen through the eyes of a woman who has outlived her peers. There’s a method of sort-of time traveling that de-ages a small group of people. There’s also a mostly normal school field trip that ends in an oddly bizarre way–it felt a little out of place to me (both the normality and the weird ending).

When Disconnected is a thoughtful collection of tales. I think anyone who’s felt disconnected from their peers or their families will find something in here to relate to. These are relatively short stories, often a small enclosed tale or a slice of life. The book has an introspective tone to it, which worked for me. I found one story ending to be a bit confusing, but I think maybe it was supposed to be confusing. I think. Possibly.

When Disconnected doesn’t take a lot of time to read, but it did succeed in drawing me into those short tales–and for many who try to write short stories, that’s the hardest part of all.

Posted in Reviews Tagged with: , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Stuff for Gamers

Take a look at the shirts-n-things in our stuff for gamers store.

Archives