Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Filtered Light and Other Stories” as Want to Read:
Filtered Light and Other Stories
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Filtered Light and Other Stories

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  18 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
"Spine-tingling, thought-provoking, nostalgic, surprising, eerie, insightful—a collection of tales from award winning short story writer, Heikki Hietala.

Like filtered light casting shadows in a dense forest, playing tricks with your eyes ... the dark chill lurks.

From the collection…

The Photo Opportunity: Sometimes the best photo doesn't exist.
Flash in the Pan: The brittle
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by PfoxChase Publishing (first published October 1st 2011)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Filtered Light and Other Stories, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Filtered Light and Other Stories

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-44)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jun 16, 2012 Loretta rated it it was amazing
I first came across Heikki Hietela through his beautiful novel 'Tulagi Hotel'. His latest little volume of short stories is written with the same eye for detail, the subtle plot, the twist in the tale. There is always a hint of the supernatural in his works; it hovers delicately on the edge of his character's lives and thoughts, teasing and tantalising. You feel sure that it must all be true, however strange. These stories are well crafted, filled with amazing and sometimes erudite detail no mat ...more
Bill Kirton
Apr 01, 2012 Bill Kirton rated it it was amazing
These are beautifully crafted stories which, unlike those in some collections, don’t share themes, settings or characters. What does hold them together and give the collection its unity is the author’s commitment to each. The range of topics he covers and the effects he achieves are impressive. With each one, he guides you into his chosen atmosphere and lets it settle around you as you begin to wonder whether this will be a haunting, melancholy slice of memory or a sly twisting journey into a wo ...more
Katherine Holmes
Aug 01, 2012 Katherine Holmes rated it it was amazing
Heikki Hietala writes fiction in English rather than his native Finnish. I'm guessing that this has filtered haunting Scandinavian atmosphere into his rich narrative. He works with characters from other parts of the world and his Finnish characters often travel. But because they all live in the author's world, a poignant story is often followed with a story that blends humor with the plotline. Many of the plots include the supernatural or the mystical done with smooth transition so that the read ...more
Annia Lekka
Apr 25, 2014 Annia Lekka rated it it was amazing
There is something to please every reader in 'Filtered Light & Other Stories': - an air of the mysterious, the spine-tingling and chilling, the magical, but also something held-back and realistic - and all this is infused with a soft and clever sense of humour throughout.

Heikki Hietala has researched different subjects and allows his readers to feel drawn in to every story in a gentle, unhurried and confident way. At times I felt I was reading Edgar Allan Poe, at others Alice Munroe, Elizab
Stephen Gallup
Aug 06, 2012 Stephen Gallup rated it it was amazing
Who says the short story is dead? This collection should put that claim to rest, because every one of these stories is a keeper, worthy of the best literary company.

There’s a surprising amount of variation. Some pieces are very short, some are lengthy. Some are set in the frozen reaches of northern Europe, some in North Africa. Many have a supernatural or at least speculative aspect but others work just as well on the everyday plane. Several wrap up with a startling O Henryesque twist, but as so
Feb 08, 2012 Heikki added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-own-books
Please note that this book is currently between publishers, and I will soon make it available again.

As the author, I will not review this, but I hope it would find readers among fans of speculative fiction.
Maureen Vincent-Northam
Aug 13, 2012 Maureen Vincent-Northam rated it it was amazing
An eclectic collection of short stories with a literary edge. This is detailed storytelling and, whatever the story’s topic, I found the book a joy to dip into, as each tale was quite different from the one before.
Oct 03, 2011 Heikki added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I won't rate this book - I wrote it and I must leave it to others to do that. I would really like to hear what you have to say, though.
S. rated it liked it
Jan 21, 2017
Eamonn Lorigan
Eamonn Lorigan rated it liked it
Dec 14, 2015
Matthew Blake
Matthew Blake rated it really liked it
Aug 09, 2012
Eero rated it really liked it
Sep 06, 2012
Brett rated it liked it
Mar 26, 2015
Simo Sahlman
Simo Sahlman rated it really liked it
Apr 06, 2017
P.D. rated it it was amazing
Jul 29, 2012
Pemariari rated it did not like it
Apr 22, 2017
Henna Kaukoniemi
Henna Kaukoniemi rated it really liked it
Mar 21, 2017
Charlotte Della vedova
Charlotte Della vedova rated it really liked it
May 21, 2015
Robert rated it really liked it
Jul 31, 2012
Menni rated it liked it
May 26, 2017
Randy Harmelink
Randy Harmelink marked it as to-read
Jul 26, 2012
Grampy marked it as to-read
Jul 27, 2012
Greg Roberts
Greg Roberts marked it as to-read
Sep 06, 2012
Tamara Epps
Tamara Epps marked it as to-read
Jan 21, 2013
Tiina marked it as to-read
Jan 29, 2014
Maureen Zacharias
Maureen Zacharias marked it as to-read
Feb 23, 2014
Nathan Hetrick
Nathan Hetrick marked it as to-read
Apr 21, 2014
Moira Mcglynn
Moira Mcglynn marked it as to-read
May 11, 2014
Will marked it as to-read
May 30, 2014
Päivi Lehtimäki
Päivi Lehtimäki marked it as to-read
Nov 21, 2014
Leslie Spencer
Leslie Spencer marked it as to-read
Nov 24, 2014
Tomi marked it as to-read
Dec 09, 2014
Elyse Bontrager
Elyse Bontrager marked it as to-read
Jan 09, 2015
Mary marked it as to-read
Jan 24, 2016
Maija added it
Mar 15, 2017
S marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2017
Kimmo marked it as to-read
May 26, 2017
Seppo marked it as to-read
May 26, 2017
Juha marked it as to-read
May 26, 2017
Pexa marked it as to-read
May 26, 2017
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
NEWS FLASH 9.9.2014:

Suomenkielinen painos, Hotelli Tulagi nimeltään, on nyt saatavana kaikista kirjakaupoista ja nettikaupoista.

The Finnish edition of Tulagi Hotel is now in all stores and net stores in Finland, published by Sitruuna Kustannus.


Heikki Hietala is a Senior Lecturer at HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences. He holds an M.A. in English Philology from the University of Jyväskylä
More about Heikki Hietala...

Share This Book