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Length: 148 pages

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  • File Size: 198 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1257786040
  • Publication Date: May 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052N2XAA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kevin Newman Lives in the middle of Ontario where nothing and everything happens. Thanks for joining in the story.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TopCat on May 29, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book looked like a great way to continue my recent interest in short stories. I won't repeat the author's descriptions of each story in the book included in the product description, suffice it to say I found the stories so varied there should be something for everyone within this book. While those with a sci-fi and fantasy bent weren't quite my taste I loved Kissing Eleanor and Life and Times of 34 Empire Path, which I thought was particularly clever. Many of the stories are vignettes and I liked the scope this leaves the reader to work out or assume more about the characters and the situations. Some of them have a gritty urban feel while others are more about the emotions and the backdrop feels less important.

The author has used a wide range of styles and narrative voices and I thought there was some very effective use of different literary techniques. There was also some beautiful prose employed. In places it maybe got a little overly wordy though. As an e-book it is largely well formatted, although a few little typos had crept in.

All in all this book made for an engrossing read that should have time taken over it in order to be fully appreciated, it doesn't deserve to be a quick easy read. With such a wide range of styles included I imagine a lot of people wouldn't love all of them but that's not really a negative when the writing is so interesting. In his descriptions of the stories the author mentions them being experiments in different ways, and I'd say they are largely successful experiments.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dragon Lady Ness-a on July 17, 2011
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These short stories are all very well written and are very diverse in theme and presentation. You can tell that the author carefully crafted each one with an attention to detail and nuance in every word chosen. If there is one theme that runs throughout, it would have to be commentary on the human condition. Despite settings or story lines, humans act as humans have for a very long time -and it isn't always pretty, but it is always human. That said, I wasn't entertained by most of these works. Sometimes I think that authors who are caught up in making sure that their works are literary forget that they also have to entertain or inform to fulfill the purpose of storytelling throughout the ages. Taking that into consideration, these stories are not for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L.E.Olteano - Butterfly-o-meter Books on July 24, 2011
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Dear God! If I read any more fabulous short stories I might be tempted to give up reading anything else!

Now, as far as styles go, this is the very original, gutsy kind. Boy, do I love that sort! But I am aware there are those that might not like this sort of writing; to those I say, to each his own. My opinion is writing, as an art form, should be gutsy, and awesomely unique, and intimately personal. The more edgy the writing style, the more personal the reading experience is.

All stories are wonderfully peculiar; I couldn't quite decide on one favorite.
Words are so wonderfully put together, images so powerful, this collection is bound to leave a strong impression. You might feel disoriented, or slightly dizzy at some point, they are quite intense in my opinion, the atmosphere quite thick. It's a crazy fun ride though, a delectable ride through the wonders of a beautifully creative mind.
His voice is crystal clear, mature, assertive, and it just seduces you completely.

I think I felt most touched by Janey Chu, and I deeply, deeply enjoyed Red Backed Betty and Down with Me. I believe no matter your personal preference, you will find at least one short story that will bedazzle and fascinate you.

Who would I recommend this to? Well, the braver of heart, I'd say; those that are not looking for an easy, quicky feel-good read. If you're a lover of stereotypes, you might want to look elsewhere for your literary pleasure :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 12, 2011
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All Night by the Rose is a collection of thirteen stories and each story differs greatly from the last. I have mixed feelings about the collection as a whole. It is definitely unique and has great style but overall I give it 3.5 stars.

When writing short stories, it's extremely difficult to establish a distinct atmosphere, set up the conflict and characters, and enthral the reader with such limited space. There is something special about this collection (the author's voice and wordplay are exceptional), however it fell a little short in establishing the distinct plot of each story.

The author has a very lyrical style and often I found myself lost in the poetry of his words (which is why I enjoyed it) but the stories themselves were missing something; I needed a clear snapshot of the moment I was being thrown into. In the middle and end of the collection, each story's plot became more defined: what it's purpose was, what point/moment it was trying to tell. However, at that point, it lacked the unique lyrical voice that drew me in the first place.

A few of the stories that stood out to me were City on a Hill for it's poetic qualities (long, intertwined sentences and alliteration) and Kissing Eleanor for it's nice coming-of-age moments. The story Janey Chu, about a God-like hamster who shrinks the petulant children torturing him, was extremely entertaining and could be a children's or middle grade book in its own right. The Great Fall of a Mediocre Man and He's Really my Brother showed the author's ability to create devastatingly human, flawed characters. Each story has something special to offer, I just wish each story combined more of the stand-out elements.
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