What I Read – Fragments of Perception and Other Stories by C.R. Dudley

Title Fragments of Perception and Other Stories
Author C.R. Dudley
Genre Short Stories, Sci Fi, Metaphysical
Format Kindle Edition
Page Length 136
Publication Date 04 Nov 2017
Publisher Orchid’s Lantern
Read Date June 2021

Containing 36 mind-bending stories of 1200 words and less, Fragments of Perception will take you on a roller coaster ride through the depths of the psyche. In these imagined versions of our world, future technology meets metaphysics, quantum theory blurs with spirituality, and insanity becomes a friend.

Here you will see through the eyes of personified thoughtforms, people who worship black holes, and individuals exploring planes of shared consciousness. You will encounter guardian angels who feel misunderstood, meditating robots, and mythical species sending advice to humanity in unconventional ways.

Originally published on the Orchid’s Lantern blog, some stories have been revised and expanded for this collection; others are brand new and exclusive. All are written in the unique brand of surrealism for which C.R. Dudley is fast becoming known.

Whatever your perspective, this is a book that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

Wowzers. I bloody loved this collection! The stories in it are short, quick bursts of thoughtfulness with a range of tones. They are brain food nuggets, with each story requiring a little thought and consideration. Many of the stories felt like a meditation on mental illness, outsiders, and a desire to hold on to one’s original thoughts. I found them extremely relatable. Dudley clearly puts a good amount of time into considering the world around her as the social commentary explored between the lines of these stories is strong.

My only gripe is that some felt a little too short. I am a lover of short stories and flash fiction, but a few of these felt like they needed to be a little longer in order to fully flesh out the themes they focussed on. It’s a minor nit-pic though, and not enough to take away from a rare 5 stars from me.

Even though these stories are short, they are dense in their messages, and there is a good number of them which gives a chunky and substantial feeling to the collection. Insightful reflections on the metaphysical presented with a plenty accessible narrative. Highly recommended and an author to watch.

Anyway, I’m off to post cat memes on social media. Until next time, peace and love!

Book LinksGoodreads | My Kindle highlights | Amazon UK | Amazon US

Jack CJ Stark
Amazon Author Page

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