★★★★ 4 Stars
Full Title: Trolls in the Attic and Other Tales of the Supernatural
Genre: Magic Realism / Short Stories
Publication Date: June 20th, 2017
Publisher: Year of the Book
Many a strange summer passes through here – human wolves, immortal birds, time-altering mirrors – so much to discover! Trolls in the Attic is all happenstance and secrets, sometimes bordering on creepy but never quite tiptoeing onto that threshold. It evokes the serene but distinctly odd dreaminess of late summer, where heat and colour cast an unreality on everything so it all seems unlikely.
Luck and circumstance are a mysterious and random science – in the right place at the right time, you could be witness to anything. That sense of unusual luck (or misfortune) is the main theme throughout – people who just happen to be where they are when they are, and one single act of curiosity or kindness they take evolves into unbelievable things. Almost in every story it takes place in the sweltering haze of July or August.
I feel like Trolls in the Attic would be a brilliant entrance into the magic realism genre for younger readers, or those on the fence about delving into it. It’s not overwhelmingly surreal or as dark as the genre tends to be, and is a little friendlier, but with magic realism’s signature twist endings and novelty.
Midnight at Camp Hideaway – 3.5/5
Birds of a Feather – 5/5
Reflections in the Mirror – 4/5
Buddy – 5/5
Messages From Beyond the Grave – 4.5/5
The Haunted Inn – 4/5
Trolls in the Attic – 4/5
Trolls in the Forest – 3.5/5
[I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]