Sunday, July 15, 2012

Review: While I'm Still Myself by Jeremy Mark Lane

Title: While I'm Still Alive
Author: Jeremy Mark Lane
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Publish Date: January 10, 2012
Source: I received a copy from the author; however, this did not affect my review.

Why You're Reading This Book:
  • You're a fiction fan.
  • You're a short story fan.
What's the Story?:

From "A passionate December love affair.
The meeting of an unexpected traveler.
The consequences of protecting a young new acquaintance.
A journey into an unknown past.

In the stories of While I’m Still Myself, Jeremy Lane eloquently describes the life changing impact of the brief encounter, showing that life and love are not shaped by an entire lifetime, but by the fleeting moments with unexpected people in unexpected places."

My Two Cents: 

"While I'm Still Myself" is a collection of short stories. Short stories are not something that I read too often. I feel like a lot of times it can be really hard to tell a full story in the amount of space that you have in a short story. You have to run a fine line between giving enough detail to keep the reader interested and keeping it compact. In this case, Lane fully succeeds. Even though short stories are not my preferred genre, Lane grabs you in right away from the first paragraph. You really feel like you're getting a full story in a very neat, little package. You definitely don't feel like you're missing out on anything.

All of the stories in this very slim book are good. I definitely had a favorite though. The very first story in the book is a good one. It tells the story about how one chance meeting can change a life. I've always been intrigued by that phenomenon. What if we didn't have all those chance meetings with each other. It's definitely cool when a short story can make you ponder just a little bit.

Bottom line: This is a great collection, even if you aren't a usual short story lover.


  1. I have a hard time settling down with short stories too. But I can see where this book would make this an exception.


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