The One Right Thing
by Bruce Coville
Edited by Deb Geisler
Cover Artist: Omar Ryyan
Review by Steve Sawicki
NESFA Press Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781886778726
Date: 15 February 2008 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
This is a wonderful book, full of short stories that are masterfully composed and crafted with skill, expertise and wit. The writing is crisp and character centric and fitting to the situation being written about no matter how odd it might be. My favorite story of the bunch was The World's Worst Fairy Godmother. It's a typical Coville story, unpredictable, funny, telling and fast paced. Wonderfully told. Bruce has a real eye for composition and length.
Bruce Coville is a writer, a story teller and a teacher. All three come together in his written work. You can see Coville the teacher in story length and composition and the structure; you can see Coville the storyteller in the selection of the material, the selection of character, and the selection of focal voice; and you can see Coville the writer in the usage of words, the combination of character and setting, and the choice of story elements. A wonderful collection that can be read by adults and young adults.