On the Silk Road to Love: A Fiction Book of Facts by Sude Khanian

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On the Silk Road to Love: A Fiction Book of Facts by Sude Khanian
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (107 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

‘On the Silk Road to Love’ is a story of a love unrealized for six years but not forsaken which had brought upon its victim, a PHD Physician specialized in Quantum Physics, an enforced and unjust journey to a mental hospital far from home and family…

This beautiful short story collection explores different layers of love, it starts with soft novel-like story of the journey of a Persian physician lady to Canada, and as it progresses its way to deeper more controversial levels of love, the stories move from poetic prose to philosophical abstract essays. That’s the author’s playful way of engaging both sides of your mind and triggering both your mind and emotions.

The stories have no way Hollywood happy endings. Most have unexpected endings, are controversial and can be melancholic. However, they all embody strong lessons and are thought provoking and enlightening.

Love can inspire people to do incredible things, but it isn’t all-powerful. Or is it?

“The Cobra, the Honey badger, and the Angel” reads like a modern-day myth. In it a cobra, honey badger, and angel find themselves in a love triangle. What happens next made me never want their story to end. The author’s gentle use of allegory kept me nodding in agreement as I followed their adventure to its conclusion.

The beautiful prose in “Lost” made me feel as if I were standing next to the teacher in it who receives an unexpected gift from a student. The connection between teachers and students is an unusual one because it is almost always confined to a fairly short amount of time. Yet the influence of a teacher, whether it’s positive or negative, can be observed for many years after the student leaves the classroom. The conflicting emotions this stirs up are explored in surprising detail, and for that reason it is what I would recommend other readers try first if they want to read these stories out of order.

It would have been helpful if I could have learned the name of each narrator. Background information was provided for many of them and that did make it easier to tell the difference between them. I was usually able to figure out their genders and some basic background information, but the same narrator seemed to be present in “Akram” and “Hunted”. It was never quite clear to me if the rest of the speakers were also supposed to be the same person or if the reader was meant to assume that each narrator is a new character in most cases.

Reading the introduction to this book is essential to understanding what happens later on in certain tales. It does not include spoilers, but it does explain terms that will be used frequently. It also gave me a taste of the tone and personality of this work. The author has a unique way of looking at the world, and I am glad that I had the opportunity to sample to her writing style before the stories began.

On the Silk Road to Love: A Fiction Book of Facts is a unique collection that I would recommend to anyone in the mood for highly creative speculative fiction.

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