It has been a long time since I've read a collection of short stories! As I'm sure many other avid readers will admit, I tend to gravitate towards the same genre when choosing a book. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, but every so often I venture out of my comfort zone and I'm pleasantly surprised at what I find. Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out at Night is an interesting collection of short stories written by author Shelly Lowenkopf. All of the stories carry a common theme- love- although the type of love varies from story to story. Lowenkopf focuses on the love of lovers, pets, friends, and even love of the kind of work that you do. I found that connection interesting and it certainly made me think about all of the kinds of love that exist out there.
I have mixed feelings about this collection. Some stories were excellent and they made me reflect on the type of love being written about. In that way the collection was a success. I especially enjoyed a part of one story when the narrator of the story remarks upon an imperfection on his potential lover and how that made her even more attractive to him. I also enjoyed the stories that reflected on the love of a person for a pet. Although I'm only a recent pet owner I'm amazed at the love that I feel for him!
On the other hand I found several of the stories too confusing and abstract for me, even when I went back for a re-read. Some were so bizarre that even though I understood what kind of love Lowenkopf was writing about, I didn't understand the rest of the story at all. Those stories were less enjoyable for me.
I'm glad that I read Love Will Make You Drink and Gamble, Stay Out At Night. It is a unique collection with many enjoyable stories. Even though every story didn't speak to me personally, it was refreshing to read outside of my comfort zone for a little while and I would definitely venture outside of it again without hesitation. My thanks to Premier Virtual Author Book Tours for inviting me along on this tour!