“Odder Than Ever” by Bruce Coville
Summary from Goodreads:
Beloved for his hilarious and unexpectedly moving novels, Bruce Coville is also a master of the short story. In this follow-up to Oddly Enough, he again presents a collection of unusual breadth and emotional depth. A ghost who died under uproarious circumstances haunts a kitchen baking “Biscuits of Glory,” while in the grand tale “The Golden Sail,” there are unexpected consequences when a young teen goes in search of his seafaring father. The collection includes a heartbreaking new story from Mr. Elives’ Magic Shop, “The Metamorphosis of Justin Jones,” and the bittersweet title story from the critically acclaimed anthology Am I Blue? A perfect introduction to Bruce Coville’s magic for the uninitiated, Odder Than Ever also has a treat for his die-hard fans: three never-before-published stories.
I’m not a huge fan of short stories so this book was better than expected. With that said, my enjoyment of the stories was all over the place.
I really enjoyed I, Earthling. It was a fun twist on aliens. I didn’t enjoy Am I Blue ? at all. The rest of the stories were kind of scattered between the two extremes.
The Japanese Mirror and There’s Nothing Under The Bed were enjoyable enough. They reminded me quite a bit of Goosebumps. There’s Nothing Under The Bed kind of gave me the heebie-jeebies. Yes, I still get a bit freaked out by scary stories. It happens.
Overall, just okay minus a few stories.
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