After staying up until 5am this morning playing ARK: Survival Evolved, I overslept and awoke to a number of phone notifications. Checking my Instagram feed, I about jumped out of bed in delight when I saw that Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle was moving to the Philippines for the next few months. I was there a year and a half ago visiting family with my mom, and I fell in love with the island country all over again after nearly twenty years away. It's absolutely beautiful there.
Coincidentally, I just finished reading a collection of short stories written by Colin titled So This Is How I Go, and now, I'm excited to say that it will be my first review.
I don't want to say that I have some unhealthy fixation with death, but I do tend to linger and ponder its implications, which is why I ultimately purchased this book. The collection is comprised of eight shorts, which on average, are about six pages in length each. I'm a slow reader in that I like to ruminate on the ideas being presented to me, so I spent two consecutive nights reading the collection.
I personally don't appreciate spoilers so I won't disclose too much here—as I read through each story, I was overcome with a sense of nostalgia. I grew up reading Stephen King and Goosebumps, and this collection was very reminiscent of those styles of stories. His writing is mature in nature, depicting violent or graphic conflicts, but there is always an underlying moral lesson to uncover. As I finished each short, I found myself dreaming up the histories behind each main character, and my knack for empathy got me emotionally vested in them. Each story presented a starkly different death from the last, each death abrupt and final with the end scenes hanging lifelessly in the air.
I typically read novels, but this collection of shorts was a solid change of tempo to my usual appetite. And I liked it.