Review: The Year of the Stolen Bicycle Tire and Other Stories

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The Year of the Stolen Bicycle Tire and Other Stories
The Year of the Stolen Bicycle Tire and Other Stories by Andrew Kozma
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed Kozma’s collection. My favorite story was “Mile High Bridge.” There was something about the dynamic between the couple that sustained a perfect short story tension. He wanted to impress her, without thinking about his physical safety. He thought it an odd excursion, but went along with it to be chivalrous. They don’t know each other terribly well, but you can feel the tug of romance beneath the surface. The story is darkly funny, but told realistically, one of those terrible situations we all sometimes find ourselves in, when we think, “one day we’re going to laugh at this.” And of course, the ending was perfect, with as good a last line to a short story as one can ask for.

Although I felt the title story wasn’t the strongest of the bunch, they all present a cohesive new voice to short fiction literature.

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Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection. Join his Mailing List for special announcements about upcoming works.