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This short story collection is a bit like a novel in disguise the stories are linked through the two storytellers the mothers of the unborn child and they all claim to be truths wrapped up in stories with no lies Each story is preceded by a short introduction from either the mother carrying the child, or the other one whilst the carrier is asleep.This premise is, at first, nice and calming, and introduces the meaning of all the stories They re meant to teach something to the unborn foetus, wh This short story collection is a bit like a novel in disguise the stories are linked through the two storytellers the mothers of the unborn child and they all claim to be truths wrapped up in stories with no lies Each story is preceded by a short introduction from either the mother carrying the child, or the other one whilst the carrier is asleep.This premise is, at first, nice and calming, and introduces the meaning of all the stories They re meant to teach something to the unborn foetus, which explains why they re all a little bit preachy And, at first, the introduction by both mothers is nice and adds to the overall experience, but I found each intro on every story heavily repetitive and they didn t seem to add much at all It would have been preferable if there were only an introduction at the beginning of the stories, or perhaps one at the end.The stories themselves were magical mixtures of poetical metaphors and folklore inspirations The imagery was better in the first few stories, and then the description tended to be invisible and the odd endings started to infuriate me A lot of them felt disjointed at some point.My main issue throughout each story was the ridiculous need to use metaphor and to teach something Although I understand the premise of the book is to teach a lesson to the unborn child and in that, also to you the reader but, along with most of the stories being rather dull, this turned in to a pointless endeavour The metaphors went unexplained as metaphors always should but with that came unexplained stories.This kind of writing reminded me of White is For Witching in the same way that nothing was ever truly explained I m sure there s a name for this kind of writing for now, I will call it Contemporary and say I do not like it It seems nice at first, almost poetical lyrical and it lulls you in to a false sense of security and then denies any closure, any kind of ending.I m sure that s probably the point of the stories in general Always keep them guessing be different But I dislike it intensely Bring me my classics.The following are mini reviews of each story Cutting Teeth , 3 Stars A story of a hunter who brings home a wolf much to her husband s dismay But a baby is coming, so can she no longer hunt with a wolf A really nice start with lovely imagery Written so well that it made my heart sing after reading so many disappointing books lately, but I found it a little odd I m not one to shy away from the word cunt favourite word in the English language but the fact it was just plonked in the middle of this story with no build up was incredibly disjointing I assume that was the point, but it didn t fit in with the rest of the story, which was almost poetical in places.I get the vibe of the story and the moral was delivered nicely, but it did feel a little too much like a lesson The Keep , 2 Stars A relatively short one, full of metaphors and symbolism Written well, again, but I wasn t quite feeling it It felt as if the author was trying too hard for this one I m not a huge fan of metaphorical fiction in any case Ex , 2 Stars Ah These stories are conflicting They re written so well, but sometimes the poetical flow gets in the way of the story I wonder if I should call them parables.These are the kind of stories and the kind of writing that I sometimes wish I understood Modern fiction, you know Trying to be different, maybe Or just different anyway but not what I like I like trying it, though The Perfect Wife , 2 Stars I don t like it when I have to guess what a story is about Metaphors, symbolism Though I understand that this is love from a different perspective I found it boring And, yeah, I get what it s saying about marriage and the idea of devoting oneself usually a woman to a man to a single person and almost dismissing every other aspect of life, but it seemed a little heavy handed and slightly bitter It s written well They re all written well But they are metaphors stretched out in to poetry, to say one thing with lots of words To try and be a little profound The Animals Went in Two by Two , 1 Star A man reminiscing about the lies his Uncle told him as a boy, defying anyone to disbelieve him.I m not the biggest fan of contemporary fiction on the best of days and I found this story just a waste of words Bland, boring just meh Real life everyone knows real life is boring and shit anyway Flinch , 1 Star I was really enjoying this until the very end A young fisherman, keeping his own business close to his chest, but harbouring a secret.The writing was lovely and, despite it being in first person narrative which I mostly despise it captivated me at the beginning It seemed to slow a little, and the secrets were fun.But again, metaphors and hinting The elements of folklore throughout these stories is a nice touch, but ultimately they re just boring Trying to be different and boring And I hated that ending so much The Exact Sound of Grief , 1 Star Very clever James Joyce would be proud Stars, Witch, Bear , 1 Star Each day the father goes to the city to find his lost children, but one day it s the mother s turn, and she has in to the forestI m just beginning to feel meh with these stories now So many metaphors and I m bored of them I m sure I ve enjoyed metaphorical stories before, but these are repetitive, preachy and dull Cold Enough to Start Fires , 2 Stars Written nicely, we follow someone from man to boy as he wonders whether he should become like his abusive, cheating father.Still with the metaphors, though this one seemed apoetical version rather than an infuriating one I still found it boring, however The Mother of Giants , 2 Stars A nice allegorical story about a community that tells stories to soften the truth of death during famine.The poetry is there, and the metaphors are less so, but I feel it lacked a little imagination and some true structure I would have liked somedescription of the world, though I get that wasn t really what the story wanted Small World , 2 Stars A woman debates whether to leave her new husband or not.Mixed in with this tale and with most in this book are nice folklore references, and that keeps them interesting and rather poetical at times It s a look to the past when stories were made up to explain odd behaviour or things people would rather not talk about.Despite that, I still find most of these stories boring Elephant Dance , 2 Stars A woman muses on her life with the circusI m still feeling like I m being preached to with these stories Like I need to learn something from each one not necessarily about gods or at all and that I m kind of stupid for either not seeing what the metaphor is, or indeed for not liking the metaphors themselves.It s written well, like they all are, but as I say, the stories aren t particularly engrossing The Ghost Club , 4 Stars In a room, haunted people met to talk about their ghosts, and prove that they do not exist.An excellent story, written well and with a nice atmosphere, but I fear it has come too late in the book to save it There are still metaphors of course, why wouldn t there be but they are gentle and rather soothing other than infuriating like the rest of them.There is a gentler preach to this one as well, but it seems to be a nicer preach as well Absolutely beautiful. This collection, sadly, really didn t work for me I didn t like any of the stories much and would only rate them at a 1 , 2 or 3 l think that most of them were 1 or 2 s as I just didn t feel as if I could connect to any This whole collection had potential, every story, but they nearly all finished inconclusively or didn t have a real ending This was a major source of frustration for me as it felt as if the author didn t know what she wanted to get across and just left it open I like open This collection, sadly, really didn t work for me I didn t like any of the stories much and would only rate them at a 1 , 2 or 3 l think that most of them were 1 or 2 s as I just didn t feel as if I could connect to any This whole collection had potential, every story, but they nearly all finished inconclusively or didn t have a real ending This was a major source of frustration for me as it felt as if the author didn t know what she wanted to get across and just left it open I like open endings sometimes and I like magical realism sometime but for me, this collection really didn t do justice to either of those things.I found myself constantly frustrated that Logan would graze a topic and not go any further with it We see many themes of death, grief, love, kindness, sadness etc covered, but none fully explored in my opinion I also have to say that the set up of this, with the two women explaining how they are telling their unborn child stories, between each one, really didn t work for me as I just found the women narrators kind of silly too.Honestly I know a ton of people love this collection so maybe I missed all the good bits but for me it just wasn t good and really was a bit of a waste of reading time Sadly a 1 overall as I just didn t like it The Cruellest things do not hide in the dark A long time ago, when there was still summer in the air and leaves on the trees, I sat across a little pond and read And while I read I was enveloped by the waves coming from the book I drowned in a sea of words, of wonder and magic I fell in love with a writer, and it was no silent thing.Now, it s winter The streets are not bathed in light, but covered in fog and mist And I ve finally found the time to revisit the writer who has such an impac The Cruellest things do not hide in the dark A long time ago, when there was still summer in the air and leaves on the trees, I sat across a little pond and read And while I read I was enveloped by the waves coming from the book I drowned in a sea of words, of wonder and magic I fell in love with a writer, and it was no silent thing.Now, it s winter The streets are not bathed in light, but covered in fog and mist And I ve finally found the time to revisit the writer who has such an impact on me during the summer Only to be disappointed Only to find that some of the magic had faded away, along with the summer I do not consider A Portable Shelter to be nearly as beautiful as The Gracekeepers Perhaps the fault lies in the comparison itself in the fact that A Portable Shelter doesn t even try to mimic The Gracekeepers Perhaps the fault is entirely mine But it s there, nonetheless.These stories are beautiful Gorgeous Well crafted and filled with mystery But they are also lifeless things, obvious constructions of beauty The entire framework for the story irked me the narrators need for secrecy and their complete acceptance when the secrecy was revealed made it all seem so pointless The stories were only whispered in the stillness of the night, for the sake of the stillness itself It was tiresome.And the stories themselves Most of them were interesting Mystical Weird and haunting But I also found myself wishing that they were braver, bolder and muchsinister Perhaps this is due to me finishing some of Joyce Carol Oates short stories on the day before I started this I cannot tell I just found them tame Safe Simple It s only after the fact that we trace the lines, join dots between things, skip over anything that doesn t fit We make stories to account for everything that s happened It s nice to think the world makes sense It s nice to think that you make sense But sometimes things just happen. ( DOWNLOAD PDF ) ☣ A Portable Shelter ☳ In their tiny, sea beaten cottage on the north coast of Scotland, Liska and Ruth await the birth of their first child They spend their time telling stories to the unborn baby, trying to pass on the lessons they ve learned tales of circuses and stargazing, selkie fishermen and domestic werewolves, child eating witches and broken toothed dragons But each must keep their storytelling a secret from the other, as they ve agreed to only ever tell the plain truth Ruth tells her stories when Liska is at work, to a background of shrieking seabirds Liska tells hers when Ruth is asleep, with the lighthouse sweeping its steady beam through the window As their tales build and grow along with their child, Liska and Ruth realise that the truth lives in their stories, and they cannot hide from one another A Portable Shelter is a beautifully produced collection of elegant, haunting short stories from one of Britain s most exciting new talents Each story is accompanied by an illustration by award winning artist Liz Myhill Produced with the assistance of the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship سه قطعه نمایشی sea beaten cottage on the north coast of Scotland A Concise History Of The Stanley Hotel Liska and Ruth await the birth of their first child They spend their time telling stories to the unborn baby The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System trying to pass on the lessons they ve learned tales of circuses and stargazing The Big Ideas Box selkie fishermen and domestic werewolves Rerum Italicarum Scriptores; Raccolta Degli Storici Italiani Dal Cinquecento Al Millecinquecento Ordinata Da L. 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illustration by award winning artist Liz Myhill Produced with the assistance of the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship There are some books that don t hold up to rereads And then there are the ones that get even better upon revisiting them Such was A Portable Shelter Was a five star, still a five star, will always be a five star I still hope to review this collection properly soon, but as with many favourites, I m not quite sure how to approach that. 2.5 out of 5 stars I must say that I really loved the first book by Kirsty Logan that I have read a while ago, but this one wasn t as good unfortunately, it was very confusing at times and there was no clear common thread throughout the novel which made me really angry whilst reading At the beginning of the novel, the readers are introduced to Ruth and her partner, Liska, who have escaped to the north coast of Scotland to await the birth of their first child Having promised each oth 2.5 out of 5 stars I must say that I really loved the first book by Kirsty Logan that I have read a while ago, but this one wasn t as good unfortunately, it was very confusing at times and there was no clear common thread throughout the novel which made me really angry whilst reading At the beginning of the novel, the readers are introduced to Ruth and her partner, Liska, who have escaped to the north coast of Scotland to await the birth of their first child Having promised each other to only tell plain truths , and no stories, to Coorie the name is the Scots word for snuggle both go back on their word Each story has an introduction from either narrator It is quite problematic because as readers, we never quite find out who Ruth is, who Liska is At times the stories are clear in what they are, fairy tales with beginnings, ends and a moral At other times they blur at the edges, weave themselves in and out of memory and magic and folklore To be frank, I was just so confused that I did not get what the author was trying to convey through the stories So here is what the book is aboutI m going to tell you a story , Ruth announces to her unborn baby, one day when her wife, Liska, is at work In their tiny, sea beaten cottage on the north coast of Scotland, Liska and Ruth await the birth of their first child It must be done this way, in secret, because Ruth and Liska have made a promise to one another only truths, no stories for this Coorie, this tiny clam, this fattening mollusc And so Ruth begins one day, a truth wrapped in a story, just so the hermit crab of a growing child within her will know of love, and why it doesn t always work out So the ritual begins A story during the day, in the shelter of their sea beaten cottage in the north coast of Scotland and at night, under a different cloak of secrecy, another story, one told by Liska whispered in bed to the pregnant belly of her wife So to cloak their tales, Ruth tells her stories when Liska is at work, to a background of shrieking seabirds Liska tells hers when Ruth is asleep, with the lighthouse sweeping its steady beam through the windowSome people are happy with treasures and wide oceans Some people are happy with a single stone It doesn t matter what others want if it s not what you want Kirsty Logan, A Portable Shelter This book follows Ruth and Liska as they secretly tell stories to their unborn child from their sea beaten cottage in the north of Scotland Many of the stories were set in Scotland or featured Scottish folklore and they were very interesting to read The stories all had quite sad and dark moments, and this book seemed to be exploring themes of life and death.I must admit that I read this book on four hours sleep so I think most of the deeper meanings went over my head I m still quite new to sh This book follows Ruth and Liska as they secretly tell stories to their unborn child from their sea beaten cottage in the north of Scotland Many of the stories were set in Scotland or featured Scottish folklore and they were very interesting to read The stories all had quite sad and dark moments, and this book seemed to be exploring themes of life and death.I must admit that I read this book on four hours sleep so I think most of the deeper meanings went over my head I m still quite new to short stories so I am no expert, I just know that I enjoyed this collection and really enjoyed my first dive into Kirsty Logan s writing Next up I will be reading her first full novel The Gracekeepers This is probably the best short story collection I ve read in a long time, if not ever I had a good feeling when I heard about this book and I didn t think my high hopes would be lived up to, but in fact they were exceeded and I adored this Every story was beautiful but the last one really hit me and, well, I cried.Preordering this was the best idea I ve had in a long time Aesthetically, this collection of short stories is a 10 10 It s gorgeous The cover is soft as velvet and sort of quietly shimmering The insides however range from really good to what the hell was that So I m going with 3 stars overall But to be honest, at least 1 2 star is based on the cover I m shallow Sue me.