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  1. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    I loved reading this book! There was something both unexpected and soothing about the breadth of what is covered within each of these moving stories. They are beautifully crafted tales, rich in poetic language - something both classic and timely about each one. Whether it’s the uniquely told tale of love and amputation in the title story The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs, the concisely beautiful narrative of forbidden love and salvation in The Hermit’s Tattoo or a sizzling page turner like Overtu I loved reading this book! There was something both unexpected and soothing about the breadth of what is covered within each of these moving stories. They are beautifully crafted tales, rich in poetic language - something both classic and timely about each one. Whether it’s the uniquely told tale of love and amputation in the title story The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs, the concisely beautiful narrative of forbidden love and salvation in The Hermit’s Tattoo or a sizzling page turner like Overture (you know it’s good when you’re hoping to wait in line just a little bit longer at the DMV so you can find out what happens next!) - Leslie Kirk Campbell seems to have a knack for exposing those parts of us humans as we love, ache, relate and manage the world we live in- all with a lyrically poetic and hip sensibility. Highly recommend this gorgeous collection of stories!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Shaffer

    This is a wonderful collection! Leslie Kirk Campbell's stories are layered and complex. Her characters grapple with wounds both individual and collective. They carry the weight both their personal stories and their family histories. But though there is a lot of pain here, there is also a lot of hope. In language that is often gorgeous and poetic, Kirk Campbell shows us humans trying to connect with each other, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding in unexpected ways. Thumbs up! This is a wonderful collection! Leslie Kirk Campbell's stories are layered and complex. Her characters grapple with wounds both individual and collective. They carry the weight both their personal stories and their family histories. But though there is a lot of pain here, there is also a lot of hope. In language that is often gorgeous and poetic, Kirk Campbell shows us humans trying to connect with each other, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding in unexpected ways. Thumbs up!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Janine

    4.5. I am old enough to remember when short stories went out of fashion for awhile, partly because magazines no longer featured then and for other reasons too. The resurgence of the craft is most welcome and this collection is a great example of classic form. As in any collection, some are better than others, but a few of these are prose at its finest.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Travelmaven

    Very thankful to have won this via a GoodReads giveaway. These stories captivated me! Each one hit my soul differently. I lost all track of time and space and everything as I fell into them. The people - the stories - each one is a little miracle. I can't wait to read more by this author. If I could give this more than 5 stars, I would. Very thankful to have won this via a GoodReads giveaway. These stories captivated me! Each one hit my soul differently. I lost all track of time and space and everything as I fell into them. The people - the stories - each one is a little miracle. I can't wait to read more by this author. If I could give this more than 5 stars, I would.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sidik Fofana

    SIX WORD REVIEW: Unafraid to bounce deftly around globe.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ethel Rohan

    Some of the most visceral, impactful, and original stories I've read. The imagery throughout the collection is stunning. Some of the most visceral, impactful, and original stories I've read. The imagery throughout the collection is stunning.

  7. 5 out of 5

    NancyMc

    Some of the stories were a “5” in 🌟’s but I lost interest in others. So overall 3🌟

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alex Silberstein

    These stories are delicious! Leslie Kirk Campbell's lyrical use of language brings these marvelous stories to life with a breathtaking vividness. Her characters navigate fraught situations, laying bare physical and emotional wounds. These beautifully crafted tales are rich, moving, and a delight to read. These stories are delicious! Leslie Kirk Campbell's lyrical use of language brings these marvelous stories to life with a breathtaking vividness. Her characters navigate fraught situations, laying bare physical and emotional wounds. These beautifully crafted tales are rich, moving, and a delight to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Lindsay

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jason Tower

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Alwan

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Campbell

  13. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Adams

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chabela Yrigoyen

  17. 5 out of 5

    Edith McBean

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Eisenberg

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lira

  20. 4 out of 5

    Al Lloyd

  21. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Gettinger

  22. 4 out of 5

    Keith

  23. 4 out of 5

    Abraham Schroeder

  24. 4 out of 5

    Robin

  25. 5 out of 5

    DT Regula

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Vandehaar

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily Butler

  31. 4 out of 5

    Michael Chiusano

  32. 5 out of 5

    Jess Schroeder

  33. 4 out of 5

    Gerardine Betancourt

  34. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Antioho Verkaik

  35. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Bailey

  36. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

  37. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

  38. 5 out of 5

    Leah Catching

  39. 5 out of 5

    Gaby Hoffman

  40. 5 out of 5

    RL Hansford

  41. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Turner

  42. 4 out of 5

    Enara Alcalde

  43. 4 out of 5

    Kerri

  44. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  45. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

  46. 4 out of 5

    * salma *

  47. 5 out of 5

    Mia

  48. 5 out of 5

    Thomas S

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