Richard Yee,
Deliveries: A Collection
(Writer's Bump, 2009)

Deliveries contains 14 short stories dealing with a variety of topics and evoking a myriad of responses; the only common link between the stories is that they are all written brilliantly.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I opened this book. It doesn't quite fall into a category I safely call my genre. Short stories, to me, are also a lot harder to pull off, because a writer has such only a few pages to make a reader interested, to tell a story and to make it matter to the reader. I often find books that contain several short stories have a few hits, a few misses, and the collection on a whole is rather forgettable.

Every story in this book is a definite hit.

I found myself loving each one, seeing the story through the author's eyes, placing myself in the settings and becoming completely consumed. To have such a clear image and such strong emotions within a few pages is quite incredible. Richard Yee had my imagination zinging from one side of the spectrum to the next. With each story I was amazed at the territory covered and anxious to see where he'd take me next.

A few of my favorites (and it was hard to pick):

I don't even know how to describe "The Impressionist" except that it contains probably the most terrifying villain I have ever read about. What "The Impressionist" does to his victims is beyond demented and is about as evil as you can get. It gave me chills and left me thinking long after I had turned the page.

"The Broken Projector" is about an author who suddenly starts seeing the characters he has written pop up in his everyday life. When the lines of fantasy, reality and creativity cross, this author is left with a room full of his creations forcing him to see life as it really is. This was a fun story with some surprises.

"The Pizza Girl" is a story about an aging ex-porn star desperately trying to hold onto her past and future as her husband's Alzheimer's disease consumes more of the man she loves. This definitely one of the more sexually explicit stories, but the sex is background to the emotions the heroine goes through while trying to cope with what was and is. I actually cried while reading this story; I could feel the heroine's pain and it was intense.

From the disturbing to the thoughtful, from the erotic to the violent, each story stands out as its own masterpiece. Deliveries is unerringly clever and Richard Yee is enormously talented.

review by
Cherise Everhard

18 April 2009

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