Next up I’ve got a review for you on the blog blitz for Always Never, Rarely Sometimes – a collection of short stories by Alexander Raphael…..
about the book
Title: Always Never, Rarely Sometimes
Author: Alexander Raphael
Genre: YA / NA / Adult Short Stories
Estimated page count: 134
Formats available: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Independently published (6 Jan. 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
An aspiring magician who gets a sinister pleasure playing all kinds of tricks on those around him. Two strangers running into each after 20 years and wondering what they’ve missed. A long-suffering husband who decides it’s time he started making big decisions. An unhappy child at Christmas struggling to deal with his new surroundings before a wonderfully surprising encounter. All this and more within the seven stories of Always Never, Rarely Sometimes, where a wide range of characters are forced to challenge long-held beliefs and powerful memories, accompanied by a sprinkling of magic. Always Never, Rarely Sometimes is the third book from Alexander Raphael, following on from his short story The Summer of Madness and his set of conceptual short stories Illusions, Delusions.
This is a collection of seven different short stories: The Prankster, Lies and Secrets, Lucky/Unlucky, There/Unthere, That Beautiful Girl, Motive, Murder, Method and The Magic of Christmas. Alex also finished off with authors notes about the inspiration behind each short story.
These range in length and genre so there is definitely something for everyone. There are some unexpected twists, and surprise endings. My favourite stories were definitely Motive, Murder, Method and, of course, The Magic of Christmas!
If you’re a fan of short stories, this is perfect for dipping in and out of. If you’re only got 5/10 minutes then you can lose yourself in a quick story before returning to real life! There are some fantastic characters for you to love, and some equally mean meanies for you to hate! The characters and stories are pretty relatable at times, which makes them see much more true to life which is great.
So if you’re looking for your next great collection of varied short stories, then this is for you!
about the author
Half-Welsh, half-Mexican and growing up in London, Alex Raphael was surrounded by different influences and interests. But it was always books that spoke to him most and had the greatest impact.
He started writing when at college, where his love of reading evolved into a desire to write, in particular focusing on poetry and short stories. Studying English and American Literature at university meant he took a break from writing, as well as giving him the chance to see more of Mexico on his travels. He concentrated on his journalistic career while working on different writing projects, but his favourite genre of literature has always been short stories as they are what first inspired him to write.
That’s why his first book was The Summer of Madness, a romantic short story that tells of a guy who goes out to try to win his ex-girlfriend back. Will you be rooting for Kurt and his big public gesture or is it more complicated than that and you don’t want her to date him again? Either way you’ll get to know a memorable set of characters along for the ride.
His second book Illusions, Delusions reflects Raphael’s love of alternative short stories from the writers of his childhood and challenges the idea of the narrative. Will your favourite be the story in the form of a questionnaire, a poem or a set of jokes, among the seven very different styles?
Alexander Raphael’s latest offering is Always Never, Rarely Sometimes, featuring original premises and distinctive characters with his trademark imagination, humour and memorable dialogue. Among others, meet a sinister magician with an array of pranks, a long-suffering husband finally becoming more decisive and a group of young guys intrigued by a pretty woman on another table.
Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to alex for my copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
One more for you to come today!