My Thoughts Prefer Side Streets: Collected Essays and Other Reflections by Leslie Miklosy is hardly a typical book. While more than a few pages teem with minute, pithy sayings, there are also longer works which start off each chapter. A short story collection? Well, no. The term infers characters and a plot exist within. Perhaps the best way to describe Miklosy’s publication is to suggest the author has scribbled down whatever is in his head at any given moment and is now published.
Different? Very. In fairness, however, I will say this. There is no need to try and read cover to cover in one sitting. Pick it up, and read the opening long essay. Put the book down. Readers should think about what they just read, as long as they must. Sometimes the written piece requires a slow digestion.
The shorter thoughts are intended to be filed away for future reference. A sentence or two at most, these nuggets bring to mind scribblings on fortune cookies. They are also vague enough so just about anyone can interpret at will. Any deeper meaning is entirely up to the reader in question.
Miklosy is wise enough to not overrun the brains of his readers. How does he accomplish this? Illustrations are depicted at the beginning of each chapter before the letters start popping up. Although fairly simple in content, these tend towards rather clever. For those who choose to purchase Miklosy’s chosen opinions, these define sections without having to fully describe anything.
Despite being a little known author, Miklosy has already sold a book prior to this one. He is clearly doing what he needs to in order to make his living as a published writer.
As with any piece of written material, not everyone will find this book appealing. It’s meant to interest a wide range of readers anyway. Most who pick Miklosy’s work up should be able to find something to appreciate, however.
For more information about Miklosy and his other projects, go to the publisher website. Included in Sidestreets is an email address should readers want to communicate directly with the author.