Luke Holm's Chasing Humanity: 250-word Short Stores (250 Words, in brief) is a page-turner indeed! It's unusual, powerful prose-poetry style is likely to grab your attention right from the beginning. Stories in it, based on very relevant modern themes, are usually never longer than one-and-a-half pages, and the aptly applied literary effects make them highly entertaining and enjoyable reads.
To be frank, I was quite bowled over by 250 Words. I believe that's because I'm new to prose-poetry and it's powerful mind-bending effects. The first thing that surprised me was the striking resemblance with the phantasmagorical, surreal, and cryptic writing style of Bob Dylan, one of my favorite songwriters. Probably the author is a Dylan fan too. I also sensed a hint of the writing style of songwriters like Johnny Cash in it (e.g., the song titled The one on the Right is on the Left). Each story is spiced up quite a bit with limerick, alliteration, assonance, rhyme, etc. All in all, it's deep, racy, biting, powerful, mind-bending, and thoroughly enjoyable, if you enjoy prose-poetry!
250 Words probably has only one or two, very minor errors, so you can treat it as practically error-free. Without doubt, it succeeds as a short-story book. However, prose-poetry being highly indirect, it might not be quite your cup of tea, if you strongly prefer traditional writing.
If you're determined, you can read this book in less than an hour. And if you asked me which story I personally liked most about it, it's the one titled “Dr. Heckle and Mr.Cylde.” (This is also a hint to what you can expect to find inside it!)
I recommend this book to all who love innovative prose-poetry writing embellished by the liberal use of literary devices that go hand-in-hand with it. If that doesn't sound too clear, and you've heard Bob Dylan's songs, ask yourself this simple question: “Do I like Bob Dylan's songs/lyrics?" If you answered "Yes," this book is for you! If not, stay clear, don't touch it even with a long barge pole!!
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