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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In Nom D Plume's Tales From An Odd Mind, we find a variety of different short stories and poems. While some are about death and beyond, others are borderline supernatural. We start off with a series of varying short stories that range from assassins finding a small child in the middle of a job to a man being raised from the dead after nearly two hundred years of being buried. We then have some insightful poems such as Ode To Langston Hughes, as well as Origin and Dandelion which tells of a person with no name and no ability to communicate with their words. Finally, we have a longer short story that revolves around the idea of reincarnation and reincarnated souls that always find each other in their current lives.
I really enjoyed reading this book and loved the short stories and poems. I like how Plume wrote such a varying degree of genres in Tales From An Odd Mind. Past and present as well as the supernatural and science fiction all have a place in this book of short stories and poetry. My favorite short story would have to be A Black Dog, A Graveyard, and The Sea because it had an Edgar Allan Poe sort of feel to it. A man mysteriously resurrected after being dead for over two hundred years and the black dog that greets him as he wakes. Black dogs are often associated with bad luck and death itself, being called hellhounds in various myths. The fact that a big black dog greets Grey Jones when he rises from the ground makes one wonder what will become of this living dead man as he sets out. I also liked We Few Old Souls and Origin and Dandelion. The photos that are shown before each piece of writing tells a story all on its own and blends well with the subject matter. Overall, Nom D Plume has written an eye-catching and attention-grabbing book of stories that many will enjoy. I am eager to read more of their work.