Down to a Sunless Sea – Book Review

Down to a Sunless Sea by Mathias B. Freese

“Down to a Sunless Sea” is a collection of dark, character-driven stories.  Freese dives deep into the psyche of some very damaged and disturbed people.  In some ways, these stories would be more aptly characterized as ‘thoughts’.  A good deal of them are internal monologues with little to no action.

I enjoy a good character driven story (or set of stories), but this was almost too character-driven for me, perhaps because of the format.  Not enough was able to happen in so few pages for me to be able to care enough about the characters and their internal struggles.  I suppose I just needed more plot.

If you are a big fan of character-driven stories, this may be something you will want to check out.  If you need plot and action, this isn’t for you.

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1 comment to Down to a Sunless Sea – Book Review

  • I’ve discovered that I prefer short stories like this because so often I am disappointed by ones that are more plot driven. They always seem so incomplete to me–which is funny because you’d think I would find character driven stories that seem more like character studies to be that way. For some reason though, I don’t. I think part of my problem is that I expect short stories to be too much like regular length novels, and so I often end up feeling unsatisfied at the end. As a result, my appreciation for a short story is different than it is for a full length novel. I don’t know if that makes sense at all. I’m still trying to figure it out myself. :-)

    Anyhow, that has nothing to do with you really, and I don’t know why I’m telling you all this. :-)

    I appreciate your thoughts on this collection and agree with you–it’s definitely character focused.