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Book Title: Underwords: The Hidden City|
The author of the book: Maggie Hamand
Edition: Maia Press
Date of issue: December 1st 2005
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Reader ratings: 7.5
ISBN 13: 9781904559146
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 750 KB
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Short story compilations from a variety of authors are difficult to grade on two levels, firstly, due to the very nature of the widely differing styles each author brings to the collection, some stories will click with the reader while others will just clunk and secondly the age old question must be answered 'Is the value of the whole greater than the sum of its parts?'.
I had given each of the 14 stories an individual rating, most were '3 stars' (i.e. "ok, but would probably forget about them within a year"), a few were '2' ("not my cup of tea"), a few were '4' ("memorable, albeit due to the style being reminiscent of Conrad or Woolf") and one was a '5'. Overall, this gave a '3 star' rating.
Now, did the collection combine to evoke a 'hidden London'? Well, it certainly evoked many hidden aspects of human life although it was largely independant whether these lives were urban or rural; so no bonus star here I'm afraid.
Having given the book to a friend, I await his verdict with interest.
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