Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism
The Thin Places by Laura K. Cowan is a collection of supernatural short stories. The stories include many different kinds of fantasy, ranging from stories where reality is fluid, changing before the character’s eyes, to stories of dreams that influence the waking world, to stories where characters cross the veil. The stories in this collection have a running theme of hope and healing. The characters discover that the natural world contains more than what we normally see, and it’s through this understanding that the characters can change their world and heal.
The Thin Places is one of the best collections of short stories I’ve read. Each story held me fascinated, and I felt like I was on a mystical journey with the characters. Laura’s writing flows so well that I could easily imagine the supernatural overlaying the natural as she created it in these stories. I loved how some of the stories left the reader to decide what was real and what was illusion. Laura does an excellent job of creating a world for her characters where anything is possible, and her writing persuades readers that this magic can be found in their own life, if only they choose to see it.
The Thin Places is available here.
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