Book Review | Brussels Noir edited by Michel Dufranne

What a fun, quick read this book turned out to be!

Brussels Noir is comprised of 13 short stories divided into three categories. Stories range in length from about 15-30 pages each with varying themes and styles. While reading them, I found myself laughing and crying as the authors really have done a great job here.

As for the noir title, I’d say it’s best not to go in with too many expectations. More than typically noir, I found the stories to simply focus on some of the darker aspects of life. The surreal section of stories was especially impressive and would certainly appeal to fans of magical realism.

I’d definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy short stories with a slightly macabre leaning, fans of Haruki Murakami and readers looking for a travel-themed read. Check it out from your local library.

I received an advance reading copy of this book as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to the authors/editor/publisher for participating.

Pictorials | Vilnius, Lithuania – market month photo 28

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M Donuts truck in Vilnius. 2014. Vilnius, Latvia.

Pictorials | Tallinn, Estonia – market month photo 23

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Food cart, Old Town. 2014. Tallinn, Estonia.

Pictorials | Stockholm, Sweden – market month photo 20

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Flower market at Stockholm Concert Hall. 2014. Stockholm, Sweden.

Pictorials | Riga, Latvia – market month photo 18

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Rīgas Centrāltirgus / Riga Central Market, Europe’s largest. 2014. Riga, Latvia.

Pictorials | Prague, Czech Republic – market month photo 16

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Staročeské Trdelníky / Trdlo in Old Town Square2014. Prague, Czech Republic.

Pictorials | Helsinki, Finland – market month photo 09

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Hot and ready in Kauppatori / Central Market. 2014. Helsinki, Finland.

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