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Monday 17 May 2010

Review: Trust Me!

Title: Trust Me!

Author: Edited by Paul Collins

Publisher: Ford Street Publishing, $22.95 RRP

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781876462574

For ages: Teen to young adult

Type: Short story collection

About: Trust Me! is a collection of short stories in a wide variety of popular genres: adventure, crime, contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, romance, thriller, horror, twilight zone, historical, humour and poetry.

The cover belies the great content; these fifty stories have been well chosen, showcasing different authors and writing styles, all of a high calibre. There is something for every teenager, young adult, young-at-heart adult, and a story to suit every mood.

The introduction is written by acclaimed fantasy author, Isobelle Carmody, who has the perfect description of this book: “one of those dessert plates where you try to get a bit of everything, so you can decide what you’ll order next time as a full-sized portion”.

And she’s right: this is a great way for those looking for new books to whet their appetite, and a fantastic method of introducing fiction to someone with limited time for reading, with short bursts of interesting stories. Reading small samplings of different genres will help to widen your book interests, introducing a type of story that you would not have otherwise thought to read.

There is sure to be something here for every taste. Me? I loved the horror stories, which I am usually far too terrified to try reading!

This book is available online

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