- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Savant Books & Publications LLC; 1 edition (7 April 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988664097
- ISBN-13: 978-0988664098
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
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Flight of Destiny Paperback – Import, 7 Apr 2015
About the Author
Born in 1961, in Reading, England Francis Powell attended Art Schools, receiving a degree in painting and an MA in printmaking. In 1995, Powell moved to Austria, teaching English as a foreign language while pursuing his varied artistic interests adding music and writing. He currently lives in Paris, songwriting, doing concerts, writing both prose and poety. Powell has published short stories in the magazine, "Rat Mort" and other works on the internet site " Multi-dimensions."
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Firstly, to Powell's writing.
This is the first time that I have read Francis H. Powell. I hope though, not the last. The stories within these pages are well written, and strangely articulate. Powell has a style of writing that is unusual to find within the pages of a collection of horror shorts. His choice of words careful, each sentence seems to be crafted, rather than written. Which is, of course, excellent.
As with any collection, the stories themselves contain a variety of shocks, some signposted and holding no great shock, others standout and again, crafted, with skills.
Standout stories for me must include:
Cast From Hell: a wicked little tale, the last in the collection, and going out with a bang. A man cast from Hell within a woman's body... and I can say no more without spoiling. But it's excellent.
Bug-Eyes: A mother dis-owning her son because of his looks and the redemption years on...
Slashed: Shall we say, artistry gone wrong? You'll have to read to find out.
That said, there were no stories that I found left a bad after taste in my mouth. All positive points.
My only real criticism of Powell's stories is that on occasion they finished a little quickly. Abruptly. Story, story, story, twist, end. Sometimes I wanted to know the reaction of the characters, but this style of twist-ending is common, and I felt was a wonderful representation of the old Tales of the Unexpected television program.
There is however a bad side to the review.
The second half: the editing and editorial within the piece.
Immediately upon opening the book I was presented with the Foreword of the book, written, I noted by one of the editors of the book. Surprised as I was to find it was now a Forward. So immediately I was put off, assuming this represented the quality of Powell's writing, which of course it doesn't.
However, the quality of editing is not of a standard that I expect from a book published through a house, one "Savant Books and Publications", with two credited editors. Progressively more noticeable throughout the book are editorial errors and mistakes, proving on occasion to be a little off-putting.
But it takes nothing away from Powell's writing. Of that I assure.
As with all great literature, these tales provide excellent food for thought. There is a bitter sweetness to humanity, in terms of what man is capable of doing to one another. In FLIGHT OF DESTINY this paradox is magnified, examined, and spit out in artful, literary way that is brilliantly captivating.
I don't want to give away too much, so I'll just say the one story that stuck in my mind the most was a modern day twist on the mermaid. Such a clever idea! But all the stories were wonderful and I hate to single out any one of them. A very entertaining and haunting read.
I highly recommend this book. Each story is a unique piece written by a very unique talent. I'm looking forward to the author's next book.
The best story was "Bitch" for its humor and just ending. "Snatched" was another good story about a baby being stolen. Like many of the author's stories it has quite a twist at the end. "Mutant" is shocking and disturbing, one of the better stories. "Slashed" was definitely ironic and another good story. " Body Parts" is a sci-fi story, another good one. A few more that were good are "Blind Shot" and "Two Sides of the Truth" (though a bit confusing). "Cast from Hell' was quite inventive with the expected twist at the end. The only one that wasn't satisfactory was "Branded," but it would spoil the story to tell you why.
Overall, this is quite a good collection of surrealistic stories.