Friday, January 9, 2009

Review: Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff

This latest by Lauren Groff is a collection of nine short stories. Out of the nine, I liked one, not a good thing! Somehow, Groff seemed to have story lines that became so depressing even though the initial premise seemed to be promising. There is a big difference to depressing and sad. I have read many stories with sad elements that only added poignancy and depth to the overall book. Also, in a few of the stories she felt it necessary to add some sexual overtones that were not necessary to the story. In fact, one of them seemed perverse and had no reason to be in the story at all other than to turn me off to reading further. She seemed to pick up on the dark side of people’s nature. This is okay if it is done within a redeeming plot.
Her first book, Monsters of Templeton started out well but then it seemed the book went into too many rambling tangents. The story line was a good one and I felt with much tighter editing, it would have been a more enjoyable book. Therefore, I was a little hesitant at first about reading this latest but I thought if it were short stories, maybe that would be the fix. Unfortunately, I should have gone with my first instinct. Not recommended. 2**


  1. Sorry to see it was a disappointment.

  2. Sorry to hear that it was one of those "just what you thought reads."

    PS. Your blog looks FANTASTICO!!!!

  3. I'm so glad you posted this. This book has a cover that I totally would have fell for and purchased it for that alone.....and then probably been disappointed.

    Thanks for the honest review, it is really appreciated!

  4. I didn't receive this one and it sounds like it's a good thing. You wrote a good review with very constructive criticism. Nice job (as always)!

    Glad to see the dots are back!

  5. That's a shame! It looked like such a good book from the outside, LOL! I read The Monsters of Templeton, too, and I liked it enough to want to read this one... but maybe I just won't put it at the top of my list ;)


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.