A man finding love with someone who has an allergy to his happiness. The twists in each story, just a few degrees off from conventional reality, kept me eager to see where the plot and characters would take me. I looked for love songs that were not too overplayed except for two , that were works and expressions of love without hesitation in the lyrics no I love you, buts, or I love you, please don't hurt me -- that's not the love song you want to sing to your fiance, husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend celebrating your affections , and most importantly, songs that can be sung even if you have a little trouble carrying a tune. Robert Shearmen clearly has a vivid and twisted imagination, making for a totally unique selection of short stories. In any case, I will be interested to read more by Shearman. I wouldn't try to run a marathon without seriously training, but I could probably make it through a 10K. These stories are all about love, but none of them are soppy or clichéd.
Alas, I am too shy and cynical to really dig his sincerity. Maybe it's not a good idea to compartimentalize writers, but I would say that Shearman is more on the magical realism camp, while Gaiman is more on the urban fantasy. His plays have been reg Robert Shearman has worked as a writer for television, radio and the stage. Also worth nothing that most of these stories contain descriptions of some weird and graphic sex, so if you're a virgin like me you might find that a bit unsettling!! So I guess what I'm saying is that this is an extraordinarily good book. Also worth nothing t To be honest, I have no strong feelings about this book.
You never know quite what you're gonna git! Taken as a whole, Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical is similarly insightful — not to mention an excellent set of stories. I did, however, find them to lack any real substance or meaning, and found that they were often provocative just for the sake of being provocative. Not gushing, sentimental love, but real love. He is now at work on his first novel. Knowing Shearman started life as a playwright well, perhaps not from birth but his writing life is telling, because these would work very well as monologues and having heard Shearman read from his most recent book - Every I wanted to like this book a bit more than I did.
Shearman is always readable, however, so please give this book a go. I did, however, find them to lack any real substance or meaning, and found that they were often provocative just for the sake of being provocative. While I have enjoyed many of these stories quite a lot especially Road Kill, the creeping thing and luxemburg I have to say that I still prefer Neil Gaiman, although the comparison may not be totally fair. Not a single one of my goodreads friends had this shelved and I avoided reviews , so I had no idea whether this would be complete garbage or not. Time and again, the stories in Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical are like this: mundane, middle-class British settings; unremarkable characters with unremarkable names if names are given at all focusing on the everyday aspects of living and loving, yet taking the most remarkable occurrences in their stride. Here the stories may not reach the same hights as A beautiful collection of stories here from the man to watch on the short story scene.
Especially in the conversational style of prose. Mundane, exciting, sexual, platonic, long-lasting, fleeting, unrequited, selfless, selfish, physical, visceral, ethereal love. Some of the stories here are very inventive, some are very funny, some - ultimately - are very sad, yet - like Shearman's Tiny Deaths - I also found a lot of them very 'samey'. More than that, he is an exquisite observer of human nature. Above all, it demands us move beyond conventional Hollywood views of life or romance and move into a richer world.
Rob Shearman's voice comes through loud and clear here, making reading the book a strange kind of delight, like eating a box of chocolates with a guide sheet written in Swedish. The song works without the jump in melody. By turns macabre and moving, horrific and laugh-o The first love song in the world, as composed by a pig in the Garden of Eden. That comedy often comes from the rational way his absurd notions play out in a very English world of reserve and a desire to accommodate. Though two or three of the stories did feel slightly similar in their matrimonial mundaneness, and a couple were quirk without as much of a message, overall there was a lot of amusing, A delightful collection of short stories about love in all its varied forms, somehow saying a lot more about the reality of love by using some decidedly unreal motifs - road-kill, Stockholm Syndrome, ghost pets, biblical allegory and much more. I know I am missing something obvious, but there's five bonus tracks here on the top 10.
The Times Literary Supplement reviewer quoted a Robert Shearman returns with a thoughtful set of short stories about modern love. As much as I like reading the best sellers and mainstream books that I can discuss with others, sometimes it's really nice to just pick something up something without knowing a single thing about it and just diving in. A beautiful collection of stories here from the man to watch on the short story scene. Though two or three of the stories did feel slightly similar in their matrimonial mundaneness, and a couple were quirk without as much of a message, overall there was a lot of amusing, affecting and admirable stuff here. He is well aware of the way that even the greatest dramas of our lives have mundane details written through them like the lettering in seaside rock.
The kind that comes and goes. Another losing love altogther when his wife gives him back his heart in a Tupperware box. This book was a delight. I wanted to like this book a bit more than I did. It's a great wedding song, and it's got a sweetness and sincerity that grabs your heart without being syrupy.