Friday, April 3, 2020

Review: Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

Stories of Your Life and Others

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anthologies are always like a box of chocolates you never know what you're gonna get (to paraphrase Forrest Gump). Usually most anthologies I read are an collaborative effort and because of this, I always find some I like, which means I can find different authors to put on my TBR list. In this case, I had a full book to explore a new to me author, Ted Chiang. I am quite happy this book was selected for my monthly book group as it challenged me to read something differently than I would normally be drawn to (though I wish the world was not falling apart currently while I was reading it). I really enjoyed Chiang's writing style--he engaged my mind and I had to be on my game as I could not read this title too quickly because I would end up having to backtrack what I had just read.

For me, this is definitely a book I could pick up again and get as much if not more out of it on a second read. Side note, those of you not aware, the story in here "Stories of Your Life" is the short story the movie Arrival is based on. I enjoyed it, "Liking What You See: a Documentary," and "Division by Zero" the most of the stories. I will be adding Exhalation onto my TBR list to pick up at another point--hopefully when the world is calmer. Though I think next time I want to try his book as audiobook, I believe his writing would make for a beautiful narration if produced correctly. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a story that will twist your mind.

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