‘Conservation of Angular Momentum’ by Ashley Jacob

Story Title: ‘Conservation of Angular Momentum by Ashley Jacob
Collection/Anthology?: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 3 (Bristol Review of Books Ltd.)
Date Read: 19 September 2010
Briefly: Two middle-aged best friends drink steadily in a pub in Bath completely unaware of the memorable, life-changing events that are going to affect them later on that same day.
Afterthoughts: Bath-based Jacob really surprised me with this story. It has no rhyme nor reason yet it stands as a very well-rounded little tale. How can anyone not love a story that opens with a man free-falling from the skies above the city of Bath, and the author gives even more reason to love (or to be grossed out at), with his creation of a couple of really nicely painted characters (called Sam and Lee). What’s more one is even treated to something of a ‘Google Maps tour’ (Satellite and Street View :)) of the author’s hometown in this story. Unmissable!

Rating: ★★★★½

This story was read as part of a review of the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, Volume 3. If you want to find out more about this anthology then I invite you to head on over and read my ‘forethoughts’ post, and/or visit the the Bristol Short Story Prize website.

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