#BookReview: Things Old and Forgotten by Mae Clair @MaeClair1

This week I’m reviewing a collection of Mae Clair’s short stories. As I say at the start of the review, I’m not normally a fan of short fiction, but I’ve read enough of the author’s novels to know I would enjoy these – and I did.

Things Old and ForgottenThings Old and Forgotten by Mae Clair
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I am not a huge fan of short stories, and yet I fully appreciate the skills that go into writing them. I would not generally pick up a book of shorts, but having read some of Clair’s novels I know what a fantastic imagination she has, coupled with a superb ability to drag the reader right into the heart of a story.
Ans as predicted, that’s exactly what happened.
As ever with a collection, some stories resonated more with me than others, but every single one was worth the read, with more than one gasp/laugh out loud twist endings. Some are grim, some uplifting, but make no mistake – these shorts are masterful pieces of work set in a wide range of speculative fiction sub-genres.
Without question, this collection kept me reading from one fascinating story to the next without pause. It will do the same for you.

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28 comments

  1. Congratulations to Mae on this fabulous review. I loved this collection of short stories. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Debby. Have a wonderful week. Hugs πŸ’•πŸ™‚

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    1. It was reading someone else’s review of the collection that persuaded me to read it – reviews are SO important to us all.
      Have a great week yourself Harmony πŸ˜€

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      1. I’ve read some fantastic books I discovered via reviews in our lovely community πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’–

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  2. I enjoyed this collection. Fantastic review, Debby.

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    1. Thanks for taking a moment to read my thoughts Joan ❀

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  3. I absolutely loved this short story collection. Mae Clair has a way with words.

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    1. She sure does, and a fabulous imagination to go with her writing skills.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your review, Debby. I very much enjoyed Mae’s collection. I got my high-five as well. ❀️

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  5. Great review Deb. I have this book in my reader. Good reminder to push it up. Congrats to Mae. ❀

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    1. It’s worth it – you’ll find some stories more to your taste than others, but that’s one of the beauties of a collection, isn’t it? Something for everyone πŸ˜€

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      1. Absolutely. I enjoy short stories. πŸ™‚

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  6. Great review, Deborah. Like you, short stories aren’t something I gravitate toward, but Mae’s writing skills shine, and I enjoyed this book too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. I’ve yet to find anyone who thinks otherwise!

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  7. A big congratulations to Mae on this fabulous review. I loved all of Mae’s stories in this book, but of course, a few stood out on a personal level. Thank you, Deborah, for sharing your thoughts on it. It’s a book I highly recommend!!

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    1. Yes, there were some I connected with more than others, that being the nature of a collection. I’m glad I took the plunge!

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  8. Wow, what a wonderful surprise to find your review of Things Old and Forgotten, Debby. Thank you so much for posting and sharing with your readers. I’m delighted you enjoyed the collection, especially given you don’t normally read short fiction!

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    1. I’m glad I read the collection, there are some wonderful pieces in there that I really enjoyed; and I’m always happy to share my opinions! πŸ˜‰

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  9. This is a wonderful collection. Glad to see it getting some love today.

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    1. 😁 It deserves it.

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  10. This is one of my favorite short story collections. Mae did an incredible job with this one. Thanks for sharing your review, Debby.

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    1. It’s deservedly popular with everyone I know who has read it 😁

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  11. I loved this book, too, Debby, and think your wonderful review is spot on! And while I don’t read short stories as often as I probably should, when I do, I remember how lovely it is to get from start to finish in a single sitting. (Especially when the stories are this good!)

    Congratulations on yet another fine review of this collection, Mae. You deserve it, Penderpal! Great post, Debby!

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    1. Thanks for dropping in Marcia, it’s lovely to see you around more often again 😁

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  12. Aw, thanks. I’m trying to catch up on social media a wee bit, but as soon as I do, I’m planning to really slow down for the rest of the month. My energy level is terribly low right now, and I’m trying to do what the doctor suggests, while we monitor the heart medication he put me on.

    I’ve even given up on finishing my Christmas decorations, because it was taking me sooooo long to get each bit done. I finally stopped before everything was out in every room, and put the remaining boxes back into the attic. For someone who cherishes her “House of 1,000 Santas,” that was a pretty big concession. But hey, I’d like to be here to put it all up again next year, so I figured I’d done enough.

    It’s great to see your pics of you back on your horse and riding again, my friend! Good for you! Hope you are feeling better every day! πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ€—

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    1. Take it easy! We want you around for a lot longer yet – you still have life to live and books to write. Christmas will still be there next year πŸŽ„πŸ€Ά

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