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Melissa Bobe
Electric Trees
Melissa Bobe, author
There is a mermaid in this book. There is a sea monster. There are sirens. This book has monsters and murders, elephants and polar bears and wolves, of a kind. It has crappy jobs and happy escapes. It has funerals and hospitals and hope. Its homes are haunted by people haunted by the things they cannot face. Its halls are quiet, its colors are loud, and it will take you on a journey if you’re willing to stay the course. Are you?
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.00 out of 10


Plot: Bobe delivers a series of endlessly engaging tales of mystery and humanity centered in fantastical scenarios, each voraciously readable and wonderfully conceptualized.

Prose: Confident prose and a strong voice leads the charge in Bobe's myriad collection of short stories, sure to hook the reader with verve.

Originality: Even when playing with familiar concepts, Bobe succeeds in weaving a powerful mystery throughout her tales that imbue the material with an enduring vivacity.

Character/Execution: Bobe's characters jump to life in short order, each selected with care to lead their individual story, and with enough space left between for the reader to inhabit all their own.


Date Submitted: July 22, 2021