FIVE STARS for ‘Dark Day Dreams,’ a selection of clever stories.
James Hawthorne is an imaginative storyteller. He compels you to like his characters no matter who or what they are and excuse them for their flaws, failings, indecencies, or in some cases, atrocious actions.
A werewolf turned stand-up comic after moving to Los Angeles. Beings that reside in the world of dreams – some against you, and some there to protect you. A man who decides to become an ‘uploader’ transferring his consciousness into a synthetic being. These are just a few of the very real and likable characters in this set of 13 short stories the author has compiled under the title ‘Dark Day Dreams.’
Mr Hawthorne, in this compilation of shorts, tells his characters in a way that makes them jump off the page and take the seat next to you as you read.
His storytelling ability is thoroughly creditable, and he craftily packs into his clever tales either a thoughtful political statement or an alternate view of something you may have read before, each with just the right amount of rich sentimentality.
There is something else worth noting. The author, in almost every story, leaves you with the very profound question ‘what if?’
In my view, this one element distinguishes a good storyteller from a competent, even imaginative writer.
James Hawthorne is a good storyteller.
I liked this compilation of shorts and have but one criticism. I wish they had been longer.
T. E. Mark – Author