This book consists of 33 different short stories, two graphic short stories and one Novella. To me, all of the stories seemed to have some small idea connecting them all, like love and deformity, for instance. I feel that this sort of binds the stories together and that in a way, it still is just one story you are reading instead of a lot of short stories. I think the writer coloured a very realistic picture of human behavior and personalities with his stories.
I have mixed feelings about this book, because for me, it was a really hard read. I enjoyed the stories, but most of the stories had a really sad ending that I’m not prone to read on my own. I couldn’t read the stories one after the other, because I had to take some time to process the sad endings. I’m sure this wouldn’t be a problem for everyone, but if you are a very sensitive or emotional person, I’m sure you will feel the same. Putting that aside, I do have to mention that I liked almost every story. They were deep and enjoyable. The writer’s illustrations matched his descriptions perfectly, and I wasn’t disappointed in that part at all.
What I liked most about this book would be how fast the stories pull you in and their ability to hold your attention. What I disliked most was definitely the sad endings. I am sadly one of those people who are addicted to happy endings. I recommend this book to those of you who like short stories, graphic novels and fiction. I do not recommend this book if you don’t like any of the above mentioned and also, if you don’t like sad endings like me. If you don’t like sad endings, but you do want to read this, I recommend you to read it in small portions at a time.
I found that this book was exceptionally well edited, as I didn’t find a single grammar error. I do have to warn you against the erotic content in this book though, the erotic content shows up in the short stories as well as in the illustrations. Therefore, this book is not suitable for children at all!
I rate Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles 3 out of 4 stars. I would have rated it 4 out of 4 stars, but I found that I didn’t enjoy the stories as much as I would have liked to.