From a young girl who hears voices to a man addicted to recycling, 'And The Angels Cried and other stories' is an eclectic mix of tales embracing the human condition. In 'The Best Tool For The Job', Ali McGurk makes a serious mistake with some car brakes, we meet a master criminal in 'The Magician' and in 'A Christmas Story' we read an apologetic email written after the office party. Thomson's Glaswegian origins are evident in 'Glasgow Style' and 'See Ma Man?' and there is a darkness and sense of horror in almost every story, even the funny ones. With fourteen stories in the collection, of varying length and genre, it's guaranteed there will be something for everyone. My Review
This is a lovely collection of short
stories, probably the most eclectic I’ve ever read, as they range from very
short Flash Fiction to longer stories that allow more character development.
The subject matter is equally varied so any reader would be hard pushed not to
find something in this collection to enjoy.
There is a message in all of Annette’s
stories and her black humour is evident even in the more light-hearted ones. I
did find ‘A Christmas Story’ quite amusing – the apologetic email after the
Christmas party is something we can all identify with. ‘The best tool for the
job’ is quite chilling as is ‘And the Angels cried’ from where the collection
takes its name.
I did wonder if the collection needed
something to bring it together as it is so eclectic but on reflection I think
that’s what gives it its character. You may need a translator for a couple of
the stories showing Annette’s Glaswegian roots but all in all a well written
collection that is a pleasure to dip into. I was just greedy though and read
them all in one go!