is another irresistible collection of light and witty short stories by Tobby Litt .
All the stories are dominated by encounters or relationships between individuals or matching sexual polarity (not always heterosexual) and very often they describe a complicated inner world of the protagonist (which would be rather incomplete without the right women) This together with the Ich-form perspective ranks the author among other modern male angst British writers
And again the collection contains stories which are so wonderful that you would want to marry them and stories which are totally weird and stories which make your heart sink. All of them are very cleverly unpredictable in the twists of their plot but while the marriable sort lead you to snappy and perfectly congruous ending (Dreamgirls, tourbusting) the latter ones end in a definite anti-climax. In the initial disappointment you give them a chance to become mind twisters rather than hear sinkers but after a serious reconsideration you wish they just weren't there. My Cold War [February 1998] is one of them. Intriguing introduction, promising plot and then: "bang" a childish ending which sounds forced and contrived to the extent of a quickly drafted student composition when you are running out of time and ideas..