I have recently read “Jigs and Reels”, a collection of short stories by Joanne Harris.
The blurb reads:
“Suburban witches, defiant old ladies, ageing monsters, suicidal Lottery winners, wolf men, dolphin women and middle-aged manufacturers of erotic leatherwear: in Joanne Harris’s first collection of short stories the miraculous goes hand-in-hand with the mundane, the sour with the sweet, and the beautiful, the grotesque, the seductive and the disturbing are never more than one step away.”
It has a great range of random stories, with some being better than others. They cover many different topics, from old age and suicide, to violence and magic, to marriage and societal pressures.
One of my favourites was “Class of ’81″, which is about suburban witches having a school reunion where old issues and underlying feelings come out. I also enjoyed “A Place in the Sun”, which highlights the need and desire to stay young in our society, or risk losing everything. It is quite scary how obsessive people can get!
One disturbing one is “Waiting for Gandalf”, which seems innocent and geeky at first, but then descends into something much more sinister!
It is quite an eclectic selection of short stories, but there’s something for everyone, and if you love Joanne Harris’ books, you’ll definitely love these! I give it 9/10 for originality!