"Months and Seasons" by Christopher Meeks, is a short story collection with eleven stories, including a chapter from the author’s novel "The Brightest Moon of the Century." Having enjoyed the author’s first short story collection, "The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea," I was looking forward to reading "Months and Seasons." Three of these stories were previously published as Amazon Shorts.
Plot/Storyline: 4 1/2 Stars
As with “The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea,” most stories involved relationships between people. Several stories were about how people dealt with life-changing or unexpected events, such as the death of a loved one, serious illness, or natural disaster.
One of my favorite stories, “The Farms at 93rd and Broadway,” was about an empty-nest married couple’s attempt to liven up their predictable lives by the impromptu act of going uptown to a show. I won’t give away the outcome, but think of the old vaudeville joke that begins with “Doctor, my wife thinks she’s a chicken…”
“A Whisker” showed how useful a cat can be around the house, especially in helping its owner to regain a lost love.
“Dracula Slinks into the Night” was a marvelous story, but if for no other reason, it was worth reading to learn how sperm is extracted from a dead man. No, I’m not telling, but you wouldn’t believe me if I did!
Perhaps the best story was “Breaking Water.” What happens to a top supermodel when a serious medical condition threatens her career? This is the longest story in the collection, and it’s the most complete story in terms of character development and plot. This story was substantial enough that it could have been expanded to a novella.
The title story, “Months and Seasons,” depicted a cast party after a movie has completed shooting. Why does the set electrician only date girls who are named for months or seasons, and will sparks fly when he finally meets the right girl?
As a bonus, the last story, “The Hand,” is actually the first chapter of the author’s novel “The Brightest Moon of the Century.” It works well as a standalone story, and it served to pique my interest in reading more about Edward, the story’s protagonist.
Character Development: 5 Stars
Characters were developed to an extent commensurate with a short story. The author did a fine job of giving the reader enough background information to understand the motivations and feelings of the principal characters.
Writing Style: 5 Stars
The author displayed considerable writing skills in his use of the language, the realistic dialogue, and keeping the reader’s interest. Situations and settings were described succinctly and clearly with no wasted words.
Most stories are narrated from the third person point of view, but the author showed equal skill at using first person in three of the stories.
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