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Five Sites, Five Stages by Lisa McInerney

Overview

Title: Five Stages, Five Sites
Author: Lisa McInerney
In: I Am Heathcliff (Kate Mosse)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading,  LGBTQI, Twisted romance
Dates read: 23rd March 2019
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Borough Press
Year: 2018
5th sentence, 74th page: Like it would be good for, say, convalescents.

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Synopsis

Heidi loves Cass with all of her heart. But there’s a number of obstacles in their way, and she’s just not sure that they can be overcome.

Thoughts

From the outset it is obvious that this was a story about a not so healthy love. I mean, the whole I Am Heathcliff collection is kind of about unhealthy love. But this seemed a little more obviously unhealthy than some of the other tales. And a little bit more relatable to be honest, it was far more contemporary and written in a way that you can almost, almost relate to Heidi.

This story kind of worked through the five stages of grief (which, when you find out the ending, you understand the grief), and worked it’s way across the city. It intertwined brilliantly with the idea of a love that had gone horribly wrong. And it reflected the ideas of grief and loss that are highlighted in Wuthering Heights.

I was far more comfortable with this short story than many of the preceding ones. It wasn’t as intensely twisted, and it made a little more sense to me. I just wouldn’t necessarily want to read it again anytime soon.

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The Howling Girl by Laurie Penny

Overview

Title: The Howling Girl
Author: Laurie Penny
In: I Am Heathcliff (Kate Mosse)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Horror, Twisted romance
Dates read: 15th March 2019
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Borough Press
Year: 2018
5th sentence, 74th page: She could.

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Synopsis

She’s returned to an ex-lover to see if she can fix the mistakes of the past. But, is his haunting about to become hers?

Thoughts

This was a great play on the haunting of Heathcliff. It took the ideas and themes that highlight how badly Heathcliff treated Catherine, but twisted them into something a little more contemporary. Rather, it isn’t Catherine’s counterpart which is providing the haunting, but she does encourage it. And finds a way to twist it about so that he isn’t able to get away with his past and present actions.

This short story had a great intensity and beautiful symbolism throughout. It may not be one that I will read again and again, it just wasn’t that kind of happy, feel good tale that I like. But it was one that I thoroughly enjoyed. And one that I think I gained from experiencing.

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One Letter Different by Joanna Cannon

Overview

Title: One Letter Different
Author: Joanna Cannon
In: I Am Heathcliff (Kate Mosse)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Family
Dates read: 5th March 2019
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Borough Press
Year: 2018
5th sentence, 74th page: Her father pulled straight into a space at the side of the road, and both her parents stared at her through the gap between the front seats.

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Synopsis

Sometimes it takes the beauty and serenity of the Moors to find a way to move on. Sometimes you just need to stop and be still to breathe again.

Thoughts

This was so much less creepy than many of the other short stories in the I Am Heathcliff collection. Where the rest are about weird, obsessive, unrequited love, this is something a little more different. The moors still play a major part in the story. As does the sense of love and loss.

To me, this story was a lot about healing. From the outset I was kind of expecting a horror and another unhealthy and creepy love. But, as it unfolded, I realised that it was about a slightly different kind of love. It was still one that couldn’t be returned, but it was one that wasn’t so unhealthy. And mostly it just left me with a feeling of comfortable loss and sadness. One that I can’t fathom, but could kind of sympathise with.

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Thicker Than Blood by Erin Kelly

Overview

Title: Thicker Than Blood
Author: Erin Kelly
In: I Am Heathcliff (Kate Mosse)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Twisted romance
Dates read: 5th March 2019
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Borough Press
Year: 2018
5th sentence, 74th page: The doctors did what they could, but it was too late.

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Synopsis

Heath has always loved Cat, but she decided to marry someone else. When she dies, will he correct the wrongs of the past?

Thoughts

This is disturbing.

Like necrophilia disturbing.

Couldn’t sleep very well disturbing.

Heebie jeebie disturbing.

And honestly, that is all I think I’m going to say about it.

But it was a really good read… just you know… disturbing.

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A Bird, Half-Eaten by Nikesh Shukla

Overview

Title: A Bird, Half-Eaten
Author: Nikesh Shukla
In: I Am Heathcliff (Kate Mosse)
Rating Out of 5: 3 (On the fence about this one)
My Bookshelves: Sport
Dates read: 5th March 2019
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Borough Press
Year: 2018
5th sentence, 74th page: The first thing you told me was that you’re a Southpaw.

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Synopsis

Preparing for a boxing match can be a single-minded and obsessive passion. Especially when you feel that revenge is necessary.

Thoughts

This is an incredibly intense story. It’s obsessive to the point of violence, yet, there is a recognition of this in the narrator’s voice. Moments of “problematic behaviour” are quickly recognised and recalibrated. Something that I don’t often see in stories with the slightly creepy stalker types. They don’t understand that there is something wrong in what they are doing…

I loved the way in which this story flickered from present training to past fights. The ways in which his own feelings of inadequacy (Heathcliff anyone) have developed and driven him to try and become a predator, someone who isn’t “a bird, half-eaten”.

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Anima by Grace McCleen

Overview

Title: Anima
Author: Grace McCleen
In: I Am Heathcliff (Kate Mosse)
Rating Out of 5: 3 (On the fence about this one)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading
Dates read: 20th February 2019
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Borough Press
Year: 2018
5th sentence, 74th page: I clamber to my knees then stagger forwards, weeping, cheering, ridiculous, as I watch you scarper.

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Synopsis

She’s found herself something to love, but there’s something far more dark and sinister coming for it. And it’s not the love that you are imagining.

Thoughts

This story was incredibly weird. I’m still not 100% sure what was going on and how I felt about it. It was just plain weird. At the beginning, when the protagonist started talking about the “love” in this story, I thought it was based very much on a time in the 1800s when she’s fallen in love with a man at one glance. It’s not about a man though… and the love isn’t really sexual, but it’s still weird.

I’m fairly certain this story is about a fox.

A love for a fox.

Yup, I’m still not really sure about this. Although, the unrequited love that the protagonist shows to an animal does kind of remind me of much of the storyline in Wuthering Heights, it’s a really uncomfortable form of love. One that is not returned, and really isn’t something that feels healthy or normal in any way shape or form.

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