Breathe by Layden Robinson – Book Review

Breathe by Layden Robinson – Book Review

Breathe by Layden Robinson

Breathe
Author – Layden Robinson
Pages – 80
Release Date – 27th June 2014
Format – ebook
Reviewer – Nia

I received a free copy of this book

synopsis of a witch

12 Tales of Horror, Suspense and Erotica inspired by the Human Condition.

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This book is a collection of short stories, it’s quite hard to pin down the genre for these stories. Though the content was both dark and violent, I wouldn’t necessary classify them as horror.

The narrative was very difficult to follow in each of them, being exceptionally heavy in adjectives and a peculiar use of brackets to include random thoughts throughout each story.

I found the most disturbing part of these stories to be the narrative itself rather than the content, it felt rather like gaining insight into the mind of someone with violent delusions.

The stories themselves were violent and deeply surreal, usually following the events leading up to violent deaths.

I didn’t altogether enjoy this book, but was determined to keep going until the bitter end to see if I could understand it as a whole, which unfortunately I couldn’t.

The first story, despite being grammatically confusing, was promising – it features a psychopathic writer who is forcing strangers to act out his work so that he can see his masterpiece in all its glory. The following stories featured a variety of serial killers, a clown and some irate neighbours. I found the use of language highly distracting, it felt to me that more effort had gone in to reaching a word count rather than developing a strong storyline.

As a whole, this book felt like a performance piece or a work of poetry rather than fiction to be experienced in a different context, I would recommend it for the people who are looking for alternative approaches to short stories and fiction.

Book Reviewed by Nia

One star rating

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