Last year I came across a book of short stories that mentioned The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake, and I finally got around to reading it. Pancake’s stories garnered a lot of critical acclaim, yet he committed suicide at the age of 26, and these short stories are all he left behind.
I have to admit that I was not that impressed in the 1st half of the book, but thought the 2nd half was much better. However, the 1st half was read about 20 hours into the 40 hour trip back from Australia. So I decided the re-read the 1st several stories, and they were better than the 1st read!
The writing is direct and often dark, but engaging. Worth a read if you like short stories, which seems to be a lost art these days.