A glimpse in the lives of very different people.
An aspiring magician who gets a sinister pleasure playing all kinds of tricks on those around him. Two strangers running into each after 20 years and wondering what they’ve missed. A long-suffering husband who decides it’s time he started making big decisions. An unhappy child at Christmas struggling to deal with his new surroundings before a wonderfully surprising encounter. All this and more within the seven stories of Always Never, Rarely Sometimes, where a wide range of characters are forced to challenge long-held beliefs and powerful memories, accompanied by a sprinkling of magic. Always Never, Rarely Sometimes is the third book from Alexander Raphael, following on from his short story The Summer of Madness and his set of conceptual short stories Illusions, Delusions.
Seven short stories, of people very different from each other, in different places in their lives. Seven short stories to realize as a reader that we never know what happens behind the curtains, or just allowing us to be part of a short period in someone’s life.
Stories that will surprise you, make you smile, give you hope, but also teaches you that sometimes Karma is a B*tch and that some things cannot go without consequences.
I have to admit, there were a few stories I preferred more compared to other ones. But not because the other ones weren’t written as good, but because I just like stories that end well, or stories that give you hope.
There were several characters I just didn’t like, and when you get to these stories, you’ll get me. But it also shows the reader that a book shouldn’t be always be about good people doing good stuff. Sometimes it has to be about the ‘villain’ not understanding when to stop, a button pushed too much and having to face the consequences of your actions.
Each story has its charm, and even if the characters weren’t all my cup of tea, I enjoyed reading those too!
There are however a few stories that were sweet, hopeful and heart – warming, even if the start wasn’t always that happy for these characters.
The lives of some characters took a turn for the better and it just made me smile, seeing how one event can make it possible to change a whole life course.
I found it entertaining to see how apparently random chosen moments could give the reader a better insight of how people interact and what is going on in someone’s mind.
The author managed to put so much in such short space yet never disappointed in leaving too many open endings or leaving the reader with many questions!
It was fund reading each story and somehow I left with a sense of wanting to read more and see what other stories this author would be able to pull out of his magic hat!