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Aesop – The Complete Fables | Review

Title: The Complete Fables

Author: Aesop

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 262

Rating: 3.54/5

I’m finding it quite difficult to decide whether fables count as fiction or non-fiction, and I guess that’s kind of the point of them. The idea is that you can read them and learn from them, taking the ideas from the story and applying them to your life. Aesop’s pretty good at that, and there’s a reason for it, as I learned during the introduction.

It turns out that he was probably a slave, albeit one who was held in high esteem, and he was known for arguing in the courts and using his fables as ways to direct people’s thinking. Many of the fables have even been categorised in such a way that they can be divided based upon their use cases, such as whether they’re good for showing the virtues of patience or whether they show that those who accuse people are often themselves also at fault.

All in all, it was a pretty good little read that provided some food for thought, and I’m definitely glad that I picked it up. At the same time, I’m also glad that I used it as a bedtime read, because it’s one of those where it’s best if you read it a little bit at a time instead of binging on it. One fable probably isn’t enough, but a half dozen or so each night is a good way to do it. However you read it, it’s definitely worth picking it up sometime.

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Oli Jacobs – Bad Sandwich | Review

Title: Bad Sandwich

Author: Oli Jacobs

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 196

Rating: 3.75/5

 

Oli Jacobs - Bad Sandwich

Oli Jacobs – Bad Sandwich

 

This book is weird with a capital “we”. It’s no real surprise that this is an indie novel, because I can’t imagine mainstream publishers picking something like this up. Even though I’ve categorised it as fiction, it’s almost like a long, psychedelic prose poem using stream of consciousness techniques and word association. At the same time, though, it does also tell a story.

It’s also super visual, which is refreshing, and I actually thought that Jacobs did a great job of laying out the book while keeping it all on-theme with his unusual approach to writing a narrative. It was a lot of fun, but I don’t know whether I only thought it was fun because I’m also an author.

If you like experimental stuff and you want to support an indie author then you should give this one a chance. I’ve read a few of Oli’s books so far and each of them have been fun. I’m looking forward to reading some more of his stuff, and Bad Sandwich is a triumph for what it is.

 

Oli Jacobs

Oli Jacobs

 

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