Four-star review of If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
The framework story is at time more interesting than the eleven unfinished short stories enclosed in it. It took a little getting used to the format of this book, but soon I no longer expected those shorter pieces to end. I realized before long that the titles of the stories formed a story of their own: a clever conceit. Calvino’s writing is so entrancing that I kept reading. I became used to his long, stream of consciousness sentences complete with the semicolons we’re told not to use in fiction.
I read this book for a class. It wasn’t the first Calvino I’ve read but one of the more entertaining.
Four-star review of The Traitor’s Story by Wignall
Finn thought he'd been out of the game for six years until he realized he'd been under surveillance for at least two. He knew he hadn't betrayed his government, but had been corrupt. As the story switched back and forth between the present day and an event gone wrong we learn what's really going on. As a flawed hero, Finn is quite believable.
Irreparable Harm by Melissa F. Miller
Sasha is a lawyer at a huge firm in Pittsburgh, but due to the untimely death of a more senior lawyer, the case against one of the firm's major clients, an airline, is assigned to her and she's drawn into danger. After a slow start with lots of explanations of legal procedures and the layers of management at the firm, the action picks up. I'm eager to read more about Sasha and Leo as she opens her own practice.