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3:53 a.m.: Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Nocomus Columbus
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This intense short story focuses on four rural teenagers: Sam, Becky, Dylan, and Fat Boy. Each one secretly wishes for a better life. Sam wants to be a writer. Becky desires love. Dylan tires of his All-American image. Fat Boy dreams of being popular. But when they find out an asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, the teens’ desires begin to consume them. The four characters quickly learn that human nature at its worst, is far more dangerous than any rock ever could be.

Product Details

  • File Size: 208 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C3341BG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,130 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted Tale of Revenge April 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a twisted little tale of revenge and unrequited love.

It's a short read -- I polished it off in an hour -- and best read in one sitting for best effect.

The story and writing deserve 5 stars but I had to penalize it one because of some editing and formatting issues. The story really needs paragaph breaks between dialogue instead of large blocks of text which hamper reading somewhat. Some proofreading is also in order.

Still, the book was FREE and was a good, entertaining read. Dark and gritty. I liked the author's handling of the story and it had some surprising twists and turns.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted April 13, 2013
By Maria
Format:Kindle Edition
3:53 AM is not your average story and not for the faint of heart. It definitely has its share of crudeness. The author tells the story in a very peculiar manner, which, at times, is awkward and hard to follow. Sometimes the characters and the plot aren't clear, but, by the end, it all makes sense. The reader just has to devote a little more attention when reading this story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth more Stars - but... April 1, 2013
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...there are formatting issues that need to be resolved. Perhaps the author was trying for an avant-garde approach, but I feel that trailering different characters' quotes end to end without paragraph indents seriously harms the read. You end up with huge blocks of text and your perception of POV (Point Of View) can easily get confused. In short, it makes reading this story a challenge, and that is a shame. This could easily have been a 4 Star review, and even a 5 with a few editing fixes as well.
.... This is a dark, chilling, and disturbing read that leaves you thinking. It has an edgy story line that I won't reveal here (unlike one of the other reviewers who gives altogether too much away). Fair warning; It goes places that some readers might find distasteful, but there is a REASON for that. Given the nature of short stories, you don't usually find character interactions this involved, but it pays off at the end. What you have here is the raw version of just the kind of writing that wins critical acclaim from serious literati. I think a few fixes in format and editing could make 3:53 a.m. a story that people remember and talk about. I hope the author makes those fixes, this story deserves them. Believe me, I don't normally read this kind of story, I'm a Science Fiction fan. I originally came to review the cover and ended up reading in fascination. This author has something; a future in writing.

P.S. The cover is a perfect introduction to this story. I wouldn't change IT at all.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Masturbation Dissertation? April 6, 2013
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I really wanted to give this book 3.5 stars; however, I decided to round up, rather than down because this is an above average read. Some are probably wondering about my choice of title for this review, which I will explain further on in my review.

First of all, this author's writing style is definitely unique but solid. The author knows how to tell a good story. Taking into account that this is somewhere between a short story and a novella, the author did a pretty good job at creating characters that are complex while writing within the confines of a small space.

This story starts out strange, but I urge people to stick with it. There are several characters that play a role, revolving around a shared event in their past. What's unique about this story is that the author weaves the tale through the eyes of all characters involved and does so well. No loose ends, and as the storyline progresses, the readers learn more through each character's experiences; all building up to a suspenseful conclusion that I did not expect.

Now as to my title choice. While I understand the need to go into some detail about each individuals 'sexual' escapades and habits insofaras moving the story along, I did find it to be a tad excessive. As the reader, it doesn't take much for me to understand a character's sexuality and how it relates to the story. The repeated references to masturbation and other equally explicit sexual content actually jolted me out of the story on more than one occassion. I found myself saying "Gah! I get it already. The guy likes to play with his own fiddle! A LOT!! Back to the plot please!"

With that said, I'm not naive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's dark, and I'm glad I let the dark in September 19, 2013
By Aleks
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This is a dark and twisted short story. If you want something to make you feel good, put this away. This book is thought-provoking and challenging, in a good way.

This is a that is not written for the reader, but written because they needed telling.

3:53a.m brings to mind the stories of Irvine Welsh. It's just as dark and uncomfortable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, but fascinating April 28, 2013
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This is a pretty short piece, so I'm going to skip the synopsis for the most part. Let's just say it's about some severely deranged folks and the way they interact with themselves and each other and leave it at that. Any more would spoil the fun and the punchline.

As is my usual style, first the good points: The entire first section - from the character called Fat Boy's point of view - was fast, intriguing and well layered; I felt like I was really getting into this character's mindset, feeling the panic and well-buried self-loathing. The writing was jumbled, crude and vulgar, but in a way that seemed to be intentional; stream of consciousness from a deeply disturbed mind.

The scene where the killer is revealed, their motivation uncovered and the truth of what happened one dark night was handled well and was suitably twisted; perhaps because I've got a family history full of mental disorders and have been in more than my share of abusive relationships, I always enjoy a twisted love story and I felt this delivered on the theme.

Now, the downsides: Past the first section, the jumbled language continues but seems to be less authentic and more of a case of hurrying without going back to edit later. The characters seem too calm for their heads to be so messy - broken and half-psychotic, yes, but manically fractured, no.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but Nope
Well, I will grant the sheer unbridled ballsiness of many of the editorial choices, but... no. No, I'm sorry. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nathaniel Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars 3:53am
What happens when you discover the love of your life is not in love with you? You enter into the darkest part of the night, never to return.
Published 7 months ago by Crystal
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
I like the style of writing, however the book ended quicker and more abrupt than i would of likes. Will most likely keep reading books by this author
Published 10 months ago by Amber
4.0 out of 5 stars 3;53 a.m.
This was an incredibly sad and horrific story. I kept waiting for the part that wasn't a script to be a script. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars fast paced shot read
This was a very exciting suspenseful story. Wonderful short story that left me questioning till the very end. I would recommend it.
Published 11 months ago by Carla C. Swenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Passion and Darkness
Good read ! Read it under an hour . Gave it 4 stars because of how short it is . Would recommend it.
Published 13 months ago by Allie
3.0 out of 5 stars Hello
This.was a very weird book and I was confused by it so then I realized it was only the first book so....
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy
This story had me laughing, had me disgusted, all over the place. It was very good and filled with plenty of perversion if you enjoy that sort of book.

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Published 15 months ago by ireadebooks
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible!
I deleted this book within the first two minutes of reading it! Not recommended! Extremely vulgar and offensive and sexually graphic. Not what I was expecting to read.
Published 15 months ago by Kelly Zane
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
This book was not what I expected. I read it in one sitting. Plan on getting the next books. And I found a new author. Read more
Published 15 months ago by bookgueen
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I was born in the home of The King, raised in the Northern part of Clinton's state. I fought a war in Eve's garden and as of right now, I live under a large, metal arch. My profession has me working for The Man, but my passion is to write, however painful it is to read. Thank you for your time.

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