Review: Riding the Dog by Sybil Rosen



Read from April 15 to 17, 2016 — I own a copy

Synopsis: Riding the Dog is a collection of nine short stories, all of which take place on a Greyhound bus. Strangers collide in cramped spaces. Secrets are told to faceless seatmates in the dark of the bus in the middle of the night. Two travelers exchange trinkets, unaware of a past that connects them. A woman searches the country by bus, looking for her brother who disappeared in New York City on 9/11. A cowboy loses his most treasured possession on a deserted road in West Texas. If you want to learn about America, ride a Greyhound bus. If you can’t ride the bus, then read Riding the Dog.

Bookish Things: 128 pages. The cover is subtle, but appropriate.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $7.20 or paperback for $12.99.

My Review: 

Riding the Dog takes its reader along for a rather intriguing ride. The nine short stories that are lovingly enveloped within the covers of this book are as distinct and unique as can be, but at the same time ring of a realism and honesty that many books fail to deliver.

The characters are viewed, warts and all, with nothing to hide from the reader. The character arcs in each short story are varied and interesting in their own way. Ranging from the recently returned soldier travelling home, to the 90-something year old man who barely has a grasp on reality anymore. These stories speak of tales that may not align with all reader experiences, but still draws them in.

The writing is flawless and depicts striking imagery and characters that truly shine off the page and into reality. And each short story had its own tone and voice of character that felt true to them.

Why this didn’t get 5 stars from me, is simply that the stories didn’t possess that WOW factor, they were great, but just a little short of perfection for me.

Still a thoroughly enjoyable read, one I would recommend to just about anyone.

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book through the Awesome Indies Reviewer program.**


2 thoughts on “Review: Riding the Dog by Sybil Rosen

  1. Sounds like a fun read. I love intertwined short stories.

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