Crisp is the first collection of Gray's short stories that I've read, and I have to say he's a very talented wordsmith. Gray possesses an excellent command of language: his interesting choice of words, surprising metaphors, and style were a constant treat. Much of his prose is very poetic, reminding me of my favourite writer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Gray also reminds me of another writer, Kafka, when Gray strays into the fantastical as he does in the title story. In fact, in my opinion this is where Gray is at his strongest: the title story is just so wonderfully bizarre, as is 'Wabi Sabi.' These stories are also Kafkaesque in their bleak outlook, but the fantasy element is just so delicious that you forget how bleak the story is. And both are worth the price of admission alone.
Gray doesn't maintain this approach throughout the collection, which is unfortunate because I so wanted more of that. And while I still enjoyed many of the 'slice of life' vignettes, one or two of them failed to capture my imagination. But throughout the collection is still that wonderful command of language, that interesting turn of phrase, and that alone is worth taking a look at this writer.
Update: just wanted to add that the book has been nominated for the 2010 Danuta Gleed Literary Award, presented by the Writers' Union of Canada. Congrats to Gray.