Our Magical Pandemic | Critical Book Review

Our Magical Pandemic edited by Jeff Ourvan offers a rollercoaster ride through the labyrinth of emotions lurking behind the mask. Toni Woodruff dives into this creative and eclectic anthology, exploring the depths of what the contributors unveil about the hidden aspects of our pandemic experience.


Navigating the Shared Trauma

Paranoia, pain, loneliness, risk, and fear – the anthology delves into the spectrum of emotions brought forth by COVID lockdown. From J&J zombies to neighborly vampires, the stories weave a tapestry of fears, curiosities, and metaphors that mirror the collective trauma and monotony of life post-March 2020.


Life’s Persistent Baggage

While the world seemed to come to a standstill during quarantine, the mundane challenges of everyday life persisted. Our Magical Pandemic serves as a reminder that amidst the chaos, relationships, and goals, both questionable and enduring, did not vanish.


Layers of Anxiety, Paranoia, and Grief

The anthology captures the essence of the pandemic lifestyle, where layers of anxiety, paranoia, grief, and fear were added to an already burdened existence. From sanitizing groceries to giving the evil eye to a public cougher, the book encapsulates the collective worries surrounding public and personal health.


Standout Stories

Within the anthology, standout stories emerge for various reasons. “A Shape That Has No Name” by Monica Wendel intricately weaves relationships and COVID anxieties, creating a unique narrative set within the confines of a long, uncomfortable drive.

The final story, “There Will Be Flying Cars” by Richard Jones, explores the expectations and predictions of our past selves regarding the year 2020. It provides a compelling journey through alternate realities and leaves readers pondering on their own thoughts about the future.


Bumps on the Literary Road

Not every story lands smoothly; some endings feel abrupt, relying heavily on humor. The book, while immersive, falls short in certain instances, particularly in its handling of race and politics. In an emotionally charged time, the book grapples with these discussions, with varying degrees of success.


Conclusion

Our Magical Pandemic is a short but effective immersion into the bubbling cauldron of anxieties, fears, and boredom from the past. While some stories may leave readers wanting, the impactful tales make the anthology a worthwhile journey. In the end, it’s a collection that captures the essence of a unique period in our shared history, prompting reflection and leaving an indelible mark on the reader’s memory.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, and ISBN

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
Stone Tiger BooksShort Story Anthology238 pages79-8985824087

Our Magical Pandemic edited by Jeff Ourvan offers a rollercoaster ride through the labyrinth of emotions lurking behind the mask. Toni Woodruff dives into this creative and eclectic anthology, exploring the depths of what the contributors unveil about the hidden aspects of our pandemic experience. Navigating the Shared Trauma Paranoia, pain, loneliness, risk, and fear…