Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse by Otsuichi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A strangely lopsided collection this: the shortest story, Yuko, is a very nicely constructed twist-in-the-tale yarn, that’s all the better for its unpredictability, and the titular story meanders its way to a fairly understated though more predictable end, but it’s all compulsive reading. The set piece for this book, though, is Black Fairy Tale, which takes up about two thirds of the book (why this collection isn’t named for this story instead of the clunky title it’s been saddled with is beyond me). Black Fairy Tale concerns a girl getting visions from her newly-transplanted eye - from this hoary beginning unfolds a veritable mashup of plots and ideas that build to quite a crescendo. It’s unpredictable and daft in places, but its Grand Guignol climax is wonderful.
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