Smat­ter­ing of fish­ing ina col­lec­tion of tales

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - News & Views -

DE­SPITE the prom­ise of its ti­tle, just three of the 13 short sto­ries in this col­lec­tion by Ver­mont au­thor Tim Weed re­late to fly-fish­ing, so I must keep this brief. If like me, how­ever, you rarely have time to de­vote to a novel, so find the short story for­mat an ap­peal­ing al­ter­na­tive, this as­sort­ment of tales in dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios, will not dis­ap­point. Like other tal­ented writ­ers in this genre, Weed is not ham­pered by the brevity of the medium; forced to set up punch­lines so swiftly that they be­come ap­par­ent long be­fore the clos­ing para­graph. His dé­noue­ments are un­pre­dictable and some­times even merely hinted at, leav­ing the reader to fall back on his or her own imag­i­na­tion as to how the tale ends, which sounds frus­trat­ing but is ac­tu­ally quite a tan­ta­lis­ing de­vice. And if you know a fish­ing guide who’s ex­pe­ri­enced the guid­ing day from Hell, you should buy him/her this book for TheA fter­noon Client story alone, as long as you’re sat­is­fied that it will prove cathar­tic rather than in­spi­ra­tional…

A Field Guide to Mur­der and Fly Fish­ing Tim Weed, £14.99 (Kin­dle £7.50) Soft­back, 240 pages (also eBook) Avail­able via Ama­zon, ama­

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