Monday, March 28, 2016

The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates


An eclectic mix of short stories, part thriller, with elements of horror.
"The Doll Master" is a  tale of a young boy who “finds” his own dolls to play with after his father decides to take away a much beloved toy he kept after his cousin passed away. A fairly good story, I would give it 3 and a half out of 5 stars

"Soldier" concerns a murder trial in which elements of racism are a factor, reminiscent of the Zimmerman trial and made me wonder if the author followed the TV coverage. 3 out of 5 stars

In "Gun accident" a young teen has a terrifying experience while house sitting. I would give it 3 and a half out of 5 stars

"Equatorial" is the story of an insecure wife visiting the Galapagos with her husband. Maybe she is paranoid... or maybe he really is out to get her.
4 out of 5 stars

"Big Momma" is the story of a lonely girl who is somewhat neglected by her mother. She is fairly new to the neighborhood, where an alarming number of children and pets have gone missing. When she is befriended by Rita Mae and her father she couldn’t be happier, until........well you will have to read it and see. 5 out of 5 stars

"Mystery Inc"  concerns a book store, and the man who wants to possess it.  I just could not get into this story at all  2 out of 5 stars

I received an advance copy for review

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