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Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published December 18th 2020
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Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was absolutely thrilled to read and review this debut collection of short stories from Canadian author, Tamel Wino. I did something I rarely do; I selected this novel without knowing anything about the book or the author. It was a real treat to read without any preconceived notions about either.

This book contains five short stories. They all deal with regular people, battling personal issues, placed in precarious situations, and having to make life-altering choices. Throughout the stories, we
Terence DeToy
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
*Spoliers ahead*

Tamel Wino’s 2020 short story collection Ékleipsis offers five long stories. They are independent, but twist together in their thematic focus. Each features characters that are self-destructive in different ways and for different reasons. However, these stories set up shop on common ground: oppressive parents, jealousy, financial instability, never reaching one’s full potential and being pushed around by people with money and power.

The title refers to an eclipse, or colloquially
Richard Dominguez
Ekleipsis by Tamel Wino is a collection of 5 short stories each one designed to take an all too familiar reality and turn it upside down.
The stories read easily, which makes for fast enjoyable reading. I was sucked in with the very first story "The Other Son" and before I knew it I was in the middle of the last story conveniently named "All In". To say that I had a favorite story would do the other four an injustice. The stories are all stand alone but they have a commonality, a common thread th
Lisa Grønsund
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2021
Ékleipsis is a collection of five stories, featuring characters dealing with personal issues, such as toxic and overbearing parents, jealousy, PTSD, anger management, and ludomania.

As is to be expected with short stories, some I enjoyed more than others.
My favourite was either "The Has-Been" or "All In", while the one I disliked the most was "The Other Son".

Still, I found the endings for all five stories to be abrupt, anticlimactic, and predictable. Story after story my first thought was simp
Nicole Anderson
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
I went into this not knowing what to expect. Five short stories, all entailing very different plots and scenarios. I found the stories and the writing to get better as they went along, the last two being very descriptive and thought provoking. this author puts you in the mindset of someone who is somewhat unhinged and lacking self control. We see how their actions affect the people around them and the consequences that are the result of their immoral and questionable behaviors.
Diane Merritt
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great easy read..stories pull you in
Wish this book was longer as would loved to have read more.
If your looking for creepy easy read definently pick this one up.

Thanks the the author the publisher, and NetGalley for an early release of this book.
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great stories about men with mental woes such as p.t.s.d anger management and addictions. All are sympathetic still.
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Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ekleipsis is a collection of five riveting short stories by Tamel Wino in which he explores the dark side of human nature. The first short story, “The other Son” is about a man in his fifties, who has lost his puppy and his mother, his only two connections. He is now struggling to move on in life. His mother has always praised her other son on making her happy and making better life choices. When stuck in precarious situations, his mind conjures up the ‘perfect’ images of his brother, constantly ...more
Bronte Roberts
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this honest review voluntarily.

This a competently written collection with a few different styles of story. As is expected with short stories, I enjoyed some more than others. Closing Costs was my least favourite partly due to the style and partly as I found it very predictable. My favourite was When In Doubt which I found gritty and believable and genu
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
The horror that I seem to drift towards the most is human-based horror. Don't get me wrong- I dig Lovecraftian horror, enjoy supernatural horror and a good creature feature here and there. But my favorite always seems to be horror that explores the horror of what it means to be humans.

These stories hit that spot in a major way. Each one explores something within human nature that is horrific. There's no need for ghouls or ghosts here, because the things people do are bad enough. It's explored e
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone has their "other", the part of them that most don't see.....their hidden lives, secret fears, twisted needs. Everyone has their issues that stem from some trauma. A painful childhood, bullying, abuse, addiction, PTSD. Perhaps you have a hatred that you feed for years to feast on when the time is right. Maybe you deal with loneliness by adopting a pet. It could be that you're tortured by the torture you've put others through. You might be drowning your days of glory away in booze, and no ...more
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
It's a new favorite type of read for me to find short story collections that center on a theme. Ekleipsis is a haunting and horrific collection of stories about individuals who succumb to the worst of who they are. I found each story weirdly thoughtful and thorough in its exploration of each main character. I really enjoyed the writing and style! I would definitely read more from this author. Not in any of the stories could I predict where it was heading. Each one was so twisted and darkly cleve ...more
Jessica DeLauder
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating averaged from all five stories: 4.25 stars.

I was so excited to read this book of short stories after reading mostly novels this year, and I was definitely not disappointed.

I'm writing this after just finishing the final story, with the emotional build up lingering. I connected with two of the stories more than the other three, which is to be expected, and now I'm sitting here wondering what those two particular stories say about me. Why those two stories? What is it about those two charac

Horror collection with five short stories that, for the most part, have unreal Hitchcock-like qualities. Adultery, PTST, and addiction are some of the common themes explored in Ékleipses, which is Greek for abandonment. The tension is definitely there, but the endings are rushed and somewhat anticlimactic.

To a certain degree, all of the stories are outlandish and suspenseful , but “The Has-Been’ is definitely a story that I would reread.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC i
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reedsy-discovery
Short story horror anthologies and collections are among my favorite types of books to read. Whether the stories are contributed by several authors or just one (as is the case here with Wino's Ékleipsis), I get a morbid sort of pleasure in feeling as though each work is taking turns to see which one can crawl under my skin to the greatest effect. Ékleipsis doesn't operate by upping the ante with each successive tale, but instead keeps a consistent, engaging pace.

The collection consists of five s
Diane Secchiaroli
Dec 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Short stories about man’s dysfunction and resulting consequences. One story is about a mama’s boy’s dysfunction after losing his overbearing mother. Another about the choices addicted gamblers make. A third about an alcoholic basketball player with anger management issues. There are a few other vignettes exploring man’s failings. It was interesting as well as thought provoking.
Jan Harris
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hitchcock I like Stories

This is an excellent short collection of mind bending stories. They are well written and entertaining, in a disturbed sort of way. Take the time. You may be next.
Zhang Ke
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the book. Unforgettable, flawed characters with incredible plots. The less I say about the book the better it is for potential readers’ enjoyment. It’s just something that has to be unfolded and experienced individually, though the stories may not be for everyone.
Shane Z.
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great debut novel from the Canadian author. Cryptic, engrossing and complex characters. I'm helplessly drawn into these sinister yet credible worlds right from the start. ...more
Bruce Dunbar
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A new author to feed my appetite for good, short horror stories. Excellent writer, i will definitely be following him
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First time reading this style of writing and genre. I really enjoy it. Easy read. Short stories. Mysterious endings. Wish there are more stories.
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