Note: I received an advanced digital copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book will be available for purchase in the U.S. on November 29, 2016.
I’m a big fan of Lauren Beukes’ horror novels Broken Monsters and The Shining Girls, so I was interested in reading her short stories.
Disclaimer: It’s rare that I love a short story collection. I much prefer full-length novels. So take what follows with a grain of salt.
While there were a few stories in this collection that I genuinely enjoyed, I had a difficult time getting into most of them. I wanted more horror. I wanted more gore. I wanted more surrealism. All of that is present in this collection, but not to the extent that I expected. I rarely ever do this, but I even skimmed through a few of these stories because I just wasn’t engaged.
My favorite part of this collection was the end when Beukes shifted over to non-fiction essays. She has a unique voice and lots of interesting commentary on modern humanity in general, and, more specifically, South African culture.
I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading Slipping — especially if short stories are your thing. It just wasn’t for me.