The Resurrection Tree by Tony Cooper

Rating: 4/5

A collection of short stories

My review:

The Resurrection Tree, Seaview Hotel, Making Gods, and Lord of Shadow were by far my favorite out of this group of short stories, which probably says more about my taste than it does about the author’s writing. The other stories were good as well, but just not my cup of tea.

My only complaint about this book as a whole is that the formatting threw me off a bit. I’m not sure if that was a kindle issue, or the author’s choice to not insert the “tabs” and other spacing that I felt it needed to include, which I know are tricky when formatting for ebooks. Some of the paragraphs ran together too closely. This is probably the reason I couldn’t get into two of the stories. I just couldn’t follow where the breaks and spaces were supposed to be, especially if there was a major change in the narrator’s thoughts, conversations, or story line. *this could have been edited since this was written and posted originally*

I’m absolutely loved The Resurrection Tree and Lord of Shadow, which kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. At one point while reading Lord of Shadow, I honestly thought out loud, “that’s so fucked up,” which for me is probably the best compliment I could give to anyone. I would have loved to see both of these stories be stand-alone books of their own that continued. In fact, my pregnancy brain kept me from remembering that these were just short stories while I was reading, so I was totally bummed when they ended. These two stories were really creepy, deep, and just completely awesome.

Seaview Hotel and Making Gods were great because you never really expecting what was going to happen in the end. It was a great twist to their intriguing build ups.

Overall, I really enjoyed these stories and the author did a great detailed job in such a short amount of time. If the formatting of some of the spacing and paragraphs were a little more organized, I think it would really help readers follow the story more easily. I will definitely continuing to follow this author!