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Collecting Feathers: Tales from the Other Side

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  18 reviews
In Collecting Feathers, Daniela I. Norris blends pitch-perfect storytelling and a keen spiritual awareness to bring us a beautiful and haunting set of tales from the beyond. A feast for the heart, mind and soul, each story is layered with unfolding intrigue, and each one will stay with you long after the pages have been turned.
Paperback, 104 pages
Published November 28th 2014 by Soul Rocks Books
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Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Short stories collection about The Other Side, supranatural, mystical, or whatever you named. Those eleven short stories have connections with death, mostly predictable mysteries, although some turned out into something we couldn’t imagine.

First story, A Reason to Go On, is the longest and a nice opening for the book. The beautiful prose brought me into mystical nuance without being too dark. It also has deeper character and conflict that I enjoyed. The story about insanity and a reason to live,
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
A collection of beautifully written, atmospheric short stories. So why only 3 stars?........ These are beautiful stories that pull you in from the first, the author then builds the emotive stories which are very enjoyable building to the endings and for me that is where they go wrong. Most of the stories have a very sudden ending, leaving you unfulfilled and disappointed. Some endings are literally one sentence, abrupt and over. If all the stories ended well and as thoughtfully as the rest of th ...more
Helen Noble
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Death rarely comes alone. In our human experience, it is usually accompanied by pain, or suffering. Generally speaking, we are conditioned to greet the phenomenon with fear and dread.
For me, this collection of thought-provoking tales presents the reader with a more gentle aspect, shading in the space so often perceived in black and white, evoking subtle shifts in consciousness around the subject.

Each story in this collection is a sole feather floating graciously to the ground.

Whether the context
Elizabeth Ducie
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting and gentle collection of short stories with mainly ghostly or spiritual themes (although my favourite story, Clockworks, was more akin to Science Fiction). Fans of the genre will find some subtle twists on familiar stories. I particularly liked the first story, A Reason To Go On, and the title story, Collecting Feathers.

As always, Daniela Norris writes lyrical prose and some of her phrases are chillingly meaningful. For example, on describing fair-weather friends: "they dr
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was asked to read and give an honest review of 'Collecting Feathers: Tales from the Other Side'. A captivating and fitting title for this book. With such a busy lifestyle most people have, it's nice to have a collection of short stories to read while on the go. These stories entwine around mystery, beliefs, and intrigue. My favorite story was 'Recognition' but all were enjoyable. Well written which sets nothing aside by the sustained realities (if a believer) of what lies beyond. An unexpected ...more
Carolyn Mathews
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This collection of short stories explores the themes of time, life and life after death. The ghosts of those who have left this life stalk the pages of this book, at times seeming more substantial than the living. Outside the dimension of time, they remain as they were when they died, for various reasons unable to shake off their worldly ties. Daniela Norris confidently conducts the reader around a multi-dimensional world, to locations with which she is clearly familiar, giving us food for thoug ...more
Victoria Manning
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully written book... Most of the time para-normal stories hold no interest for me but it came highly recomended. The first story was about a person with mental illness... I was hoping that the story would continue and then discovered this is a collection of short stories... the beautiful (almost poetry-like) writing held my interest throughout the book. Having enjoyed it as an audio book I appreciated the excellent reading of the stories in addition to their linguistic beauty... ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I won Collecting Feathers in a giveaway and received it a few days ago, and, boy, am I happy I did. This book was really good! After reading each story I put down the book and thought about what I’d just read and then rated the story. Each story got between 5 and 4 stars, and the average ended up being just below 4,5, so my rating ended up being 4 stars, even though several of these amazing short stories deserve 5 stars…

I’ve just recently discovered an interest in short stories, I used to connec
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The book Collecting Feathers, by Daniela I. Norris, is a collection of eleven short stories about people who have passed over to the “other side”. But long after they've gone, the deceased still linger within the land of those still living. Each story explores the themes of life, time, and death while offering a glimmer of hope for those left behind living with grief. This book is a great read and flows easily. The author does a terrific job of casting the hook, and reeling the reader in.

In the
Maria Stoica
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Collecting Feathers by Daniela Norris has this serene way of showing glimpses from the border between the living and the dead through its eleven short stories. Each plot is skillfully developed, gripping the reader and not letting go until it delivers the punch line, thus teaching a lesson about love, living, family or remorse. Some things run so deep that they go on beyond death. The characters are as diverse as the pla
Devi Nair
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world, a door opens to let in more light - Vera Nazarian

This quote says a lot about Collecting Feathers. The way some stories make you see things in a whole new perspective, really makes you wonder what the author was thinking at the time of writing the story and whether you got the right intended gist of the story or not. Collecting Feathers is a collection of the short stories which bring so many things into perspective. Each story brought out a
A.E. Albert
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Collecting Feathers is a collection of short stories telling various points of view of crossing over. The tales take place in different places around the world, giving the reader a sense of history and culture. The variety of settings also lends an authentic air about the stories.

The narration is beautiful. I greatly enjoyed the author’s use of prose. These stories aren't
frightening or ghoulish, but mysterious and sometimes haunting.

They give the reader something to think about when done, yet
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed this book! The stories left me with a feeling of wonder. For me, these stories show the tiny adventures normal people may encounter. They don't change the world, but they change the person experiencing it. It changes you. Quite the spiritual theme, and I really loved it. A Reason to Go On was definitely my favorite.

Not a complete 5 star for me only because sometimes the descriptions would become overwhelming. Not too much to ruin the story thought, so it was not a big deal.

G. Vasey
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This delightful collection of short stories is a joy to read. I read one story each evening savoring each and taking the time to think over each one. The stories are all connected in the sense that each has a paranormal aspect to it. Each story deals with the relationship between life and death; the deceased and the living. Each is a well written and captivating story set in a variety of locations around the globe with believable characters and each has a little twist at the end. Sometimes the t ...more
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free download of this book from Story Cartel, thank you!
I generally enjoy stories of ghosts and visits from the "other side", especially when someone's life is saved or changed for the better because of the interaction. Most of the short stories in this book were exactly that. There were a couple stories that I didn't quite get, or didn't have that happy ending that I like. But for the most part, I really enjoyed reading the stories.
I would recommend this book to others and I would
Heather Mendel
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beginning with its intriguing title, 'Collecting Feathers' is a collection of short stories that caught and held my attention. Daniela Norris is able to weave a magical and ephemeral web of the revealed and concealed— some stories leading us towards an ending that we hope will be possible; others remaining just beyond the grasp of the intellect, leaving us pondering the mystery of life and whatever lies beyond. A most satisfying read of tales well told.

Heather Mendel, The Syzygy Oracle and Danc
Sharla Strong
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I like the theme of death and the ways Daniela Norris let the theme unfold such as in The Cafe; however, there was too much focus on descriptive language and many of the details were told instead of shown. I was often left curious about the characters & their development and felt cut short by the vivid telling of the world around the character. This was still an interesting enough read to keep me open to reading more by the author.
Laura Hermosa
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I recive a free copy from Storycartel in exchange of my review.
In general the book is well achieved and it is amusing. The histories make you meditate on the life and the consequence of our acts.
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Daniela is a former diplomat, turned political writer, and with age and wisdom - now spiritual author and speaker.

On Dragonfly Wings - a skeptic's journey to mediumship (Axis Mundi Books) and Collecting Feathers: Tales from the Other Side (Soul Rocks Books) were out in 2014, followed by a trilogy of inspirational novels: Recognitions (2016), Premonitions (2019) and Precognitions (2020). The serie

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