Light Both Foreign and Domestic: A Collection by Darin Bradley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First I should say that I always struggle with short stories. I wanted to read these because I'm a fan of Darin Bradley and I am a completist, but I must admit I feel weird writing the first review in Goodreads.
But a person who gets short stories is this author. He understands that the short story is a place to play with an idea, a fragment, and flesh it out to its logical conclusion. The topics in these range from quantum algorithms in suburbia to archival collections to basement enlightenment to ginseng harvests in a post-hipster world. There is even one story that reads like a post-apocalyptic gospel.
And because it is Bradley, you will find chewy words and a tone I always hear in my head as part Jimmy Stewart, part noir detective. (If you don't hear it too then I can't really explain it to you!)
Thanks to the publisher for providing access to this title via Edelweiss.
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