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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Stories to Sleep On is an anthology of ten stories penned and collated by author Michael Thompson. The work comprises ten different stories that end in ways that encourage the reader to go away and think about them before diving straight into another. With this in mind, the themes of the pieces range from concerns about family life, aging, and careers, through to coping with loss and the way that life can often be totally different on the inside to how it seems from a casual observer’s point of view. What results is a varied and thought-provoking collection of ideas, some of which are also on a winter holiday theme.
Author Michael Thompson has crafted a true journey of emotion and the different stages of life throughout this collection of interesting and evocative works. I admired the many different influences upon the work, from historical emotive moments during World War Two, through to inventive new spins on the old works of Chaucer. There is certainly something for everyone within the pages of the collection, and the author pens the works with close attention to the characters and the issues which they are dealing with. The Christmas stories are a nice touch if you happen to be reading at that time of year, but for me When A Son Dies was by far the most evocative and resonant piece of the collection. Overall, I would certainly recommend Stories to Sleep On as an intelligently written and open-ended read sure to give the audience lots of food for thought at bedtime.