Book Review: Off Center in the Attic by Mary Deal

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Off Center In The AtticOff Center In The Attic by Mary Deal

I’ve read all of Mary Deal’s novels at this point, except for two non-fiction ones that I’ll eventually dive into. Off Center In The Attic is a collection of ~40 short stories where the theme or characters are slightly askew or peculiar in a way that will entice and excite you. Some are just a few lines; others are ~15 pages. All are well-written and showcase her fantastic talent as a storyteller, author, and creator.

On the shorter side for a collection–ending up around ~125 pages in totality–you can devour these tales all in one sitting or over a few night before going to bed. A few frights, a few laughs, you’ll undoubtedly love some more than others because of a character’s description, the ingenious plot twist, or the clever and witty writing tone.

I recommend reading one of her novels first so you understand how strong of a writer she is, then hop to the short story collection so you can see the immense range of her work. Then hop back to her other books where you can travel the world and visit serial killers through her talented writing skills.

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11 thoughts on “Book Review: Off Center in the Attic by Mary Deal

    Mary Deal said:
    January 27, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    James, I wish to thank you for reviewing my short story and flash fiction collection, Off Center in the Attic. I want to thank you for reading all my books and making such strong positive statements about my writing ability. And then I call attention to the fact that in Off Center, you have picked up the theme of each story being different. Regretfully, I must say that I have read some short story collections and found each of the stories therein were of the same genre, all mysteries, all romance, etc., I got bored. So my intention when putting this book together was to show diverse stories and genres, meant to keep the reader entertained in different ways. And you picked up on that! I meant the stories and writing styles to be all different. What more can I say. I am fortunate that you love my writing; more fortunate that you are so astute, both as a reader and reviewer. Thank you so much!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 27, 2019 at 9:53 PM


      You are very welcome. I’m glad to have the opportunity to read your books. Have a wonderful day!


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    Priyasha said:
    January 27, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    Great review 💞

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    robertawrites235681907 said:
    January 27, 2019 at 12:03 PM

    She sounds like an excellent and varied writer, Jay. I think writers need to experiment with new genres or they get stale and lacking in new ideas.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 27, 2019 at 3:16 PM

      I agree with you on getting stale. That’s why you write such a range and it always turns out so well, too.

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    January 27, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Maybe after I eventually finish this ‘series’ you’ve gotten me into , I can check out Mary Deal too 😄

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    lghiggins said:
    January 29, 2019 at 11:34 PM

    I haven’t read any short stories lately, but this collection sounds good. I think it is harder to write short stories than longer works.

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