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    Hell Going

    Too much thinking involved....each short story always ended in that nasty "why" question.
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    Hell going

    Very confusing since the beginning... I could not finish to read the first chapter. I might go back some other time. Right now I need something else.
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    Witty and fresh !

    I really had fun reading this work by Lynn Coady. The stories are all very well written and were thought provoking to say the least. A fast read that can easily be digested in a few sittings.
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    Hellgoing

    This book was like reading a series of boring pointless jokes that have no punchline.
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    "Hellgoing" by Lynn Coady it's a collection of short stories and even though this book won the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize it just wasn't what I was expecting. I was hoping for an enjoyable read; however, I just couldn't connect with any of these stories. By the time I was getting into a story, it ended, which made me say "what? And left me with many questions. I like stories with a beginning, an end, a plot to link them and characters that I can relate to and understand. These stories, to me, seem like fragments of a story. I have to rate it ** and give credit to the author for portraying conflicts between compassion and self-protection in characters that perhaps will resonate with hidden aspects of ourselves. Also interweaving the present despair with reimagined perceptions of past events, and those moments of stolen innocence that haunt us through life. The concept in these stories is there and I got it. I was just expecting a better ending in all of them.
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