And the Angels cried

Annette (Nettie) Thomson is a Glaswegian writer, photographer and web designer living in South Kintyre, Scotland. Her stories cover the full spectrum of genres and her characters tend to have a little of her in them: but only the good bits. She has won or been placed in several competitions and has previously been published in Leopard Magazine, Paranormal Magazine and the People's Friend, to name a few.
When she was a wee girl, Annette truly believed she had been left behind on earth during a scouting mission, by her alien parents. This sense of not belonging informs much of her work and she enjoys writing about outsiders.
Her day job is running Meldrum Media, a small company which designs and builds websites and conducts social media activities for other writers and creative individuals. 
Annette S Thomson is married with an almost grown up daughter and she spends her non-writing time wrangling two toy poodles, reading and eating her own bodyweight in cookies.
And she is still waiting for her parents to turn up and take her home. 

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Amazon UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Angels-Cried-other-stories-ebook/dp/B00A1UH68S/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1405936631&sr=8-6&keywords=and+the+angels+cried

Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/Angels-Cried-other-stories-ebook/dp/B00A1UH68S/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1405936672&sr=8-3&keywords=and+the+angels+cried

About the book

From a young girl who hears voices to a man addicted to recycling, 'And The Angels Cried and other stories' is an eclectic mix of tales embracing the human condition. 
In 'The Best Tool For The Job', Ali McGurk makes a serious mistake with some car brakes, we meet a master criminal in 'The Magician' and in 'A Christmas Story' we read an apologetic email written after the office party. Thomson's Glaswegian origins are evident in 'Glasgow Style' and 'See Ma Man?' and there is a darkness and sense of horror in almost every story, even the funny ones.
With fourteen stories in the collection, of varying length and genre, it's guaranteed there will be something for everyone.


My Review

This is a lovely collection of short stories, probably the most eclectic I’ve ever read, as they range from very short Flash Fiction to longer stories that allow more character development. The subject matter is equally varied so any reader would be hard pushed not to find something in this collection to enjoy.

There is a message in all of Annette’s stories and her black humour is evident even in the more light-hearted ones. I did find ‘A Christmas Story’ quite amusing – the apologetic email after the Christmas party is something we can all identify with. ‘The best tool for the job’ is quite chilling as is ‘And the Angels cried’ from where the collection takes its name.

I did wonder if the collection needed something to bring it together as it is so eclectic but on reflection I think that’s what gives it its character. You may need a translator for a couple of the stories showing Annette’s Glaswegian roots but all in all a well written collection that is a pleasure to dip into. I was just greedy though and read them all in one go!

 

5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 

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