The Fall Of Icarus by N. R. Bates
Paperback: 66 pages
Publisher: NR Bates Publishing; 1 edition (March 31, 2015)
Three interconnected short-stories set in Paris explore the issue of choice, survival and transformation. In the first story, a young man on his first business trip is waylaid by an aberrant elevator. In the pivotal tale, a young scientist re-imagines the Greek myth of Icarus and his fall to earth. In the final story, a young woman who cannot recall her own name relates the fantastical tale of a girl who can fly.
This book has three short stories, The Elevator, The Fall of Icarus, and The Girl.
My favorite was The Elevator because the main character is claustrophobic and so am I. I could feel his fear as the elevator lurched and suddenly stopped. This elevator was quite old and when the doors opened he is always in different places, encountering people and situations that were not what he expected. It’s up to him as to what happens from there.
The other two stories are interesting too. The book is really short and can be read quickly. I love short stories and this book did not disappoint me. I also liked the writing style of the author. There were no lulls in the story and that made the book flow well.
If you like short stories, I think you’ll enjoy this book.
NR Bates was born in London, grew up in Wales, and lived in Canada and Bermuda. He shares his life with his wife and his house with seven cats, one dog and the subtropical wildlife of lizards, wolf spiders and ant colonies that seek out a better life indoors. He is an oceanographer and scientist, and has published more than one hundred and thirty scientific papers on ocean chemistry, climate change and ocean acidification. He is a Senior Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry at the University of Southampton, UK. His novels focus on epic fantasy and magic realism, and inspired by his deep love of the ocean and environmental sciences.
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