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Fragments: A Collection of Short Stories

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Fragments explores various facets of humanity through eight short stories—each of different subject matter, but with a shared undercurrent of what can best be described as honest humanness.

There’s a gravedigger’s uptake of a small favor for his brother, a young boy teaching his friend how to survive in a haunted house, and a valiant king’s attempt to escape the clutches of
Published November 21st 2020
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David Mah
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fitting way to hit my target of 24 books in 2020. I am proud to say that my friend published this collection and its really good for a debut!

Some stories felt reminiscent of the Roald Dahl's Roald Dahl The Complete Short Stories Collection Volume one and Volume two. stories that I used to read as a kid with the curious little twist at the end. Others were more nuanced and felt closer to Ken Liu's The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories with the more bizarre and otherworldly explorations of
Tan Ka Jin
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very insightful read! Definitely recommend to anyone!!
Haiqal Sulaiman
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, very insightful. Right in the feels.
Lydia Schoch
Mar 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Sometimes a single moment in time is all a character needs to reveal their true selves.

I will briefly discuss a few of the pieces of this collection in my review. If any of them are interesting to you, do check out this book in its entirety.

The title of “A Gravedigger’s Tale” tells the readers most of what we need to know about it right away. The gravedigger in question had been doing this job for a decade and knew all of the tricks to avoid rousing the dead when digging a new grave or taking
Zhaomin Wang
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There were many heart squeezing moments for me in the opening of Jachrys' book, yikes! The author uses dystopian in his narratives to invoke life and death in several aspects. But I'm glad Jachrys didn't leave us all in darkness. His stories, like a kaleidoscope, gradually shift into light as hope, curiosity and happiness were introduced in the last few pieces - subtlety yet appropriate to remind us that life/humanity is all, but a matter of perspective. ...more
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