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Product Details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorMike Ink; 0012- edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984580174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984580170
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,917,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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5-star reviews for Flowering and Other Stories, a 16-story short-story collection 

Do yourself a favor and buy two copies. One for yourself and one for someone you care about.
Bob Poole

Tom Bentley has a very vivid and picturesque way of writing.  I was easily drawn into each story. The stories were absorbing, captivating and made for enjoyable reading.
Cecillia - Goodreads review

Tom has a way of phrasing things, of animating words, of holding images hostage to his whip of ink that make reading his short stories a physical as well as emotional, visual and mental experience.
Becky Blanton

From the Author

Flowering is a collection of stories built around the themes of loss, social disruption, mistaken judgment and stumbling redemption. From a shoplifting sociopathic genius to a card-dealing witch offering a mystical experience at the blackjack tables to a harsh drunk who turns out to be a malignant--yet chillingly accurate--soothsayer, the story's lead characters are complex and not always charming, but their colors are memorably bright. 

Location also figures significantly in other stories: settings in suburban Seattle, a bleak Arizona desert town and a tiny cottage in New Orleans all draw deeply on the native textures of their territories. From flash fiction to richly woven tales, Flowering invites you into distinct worlds, all built on story.

More About the Author

Hello. I'm Tom Bentley, and I've run a writing and editing business out of my house for many years. I've published hundreds of nonfiction freelance pieces, and am working on a second novel. My nonfiction pieces include first-person essays, travel pieces and more journalistic articles; venues include Writer's Digest, Writer's Market, the Los Angeles Times and many more. I've won three Traveler's Tales Solas Awards.

I was the 1999 winner of the National Steinbeck Center's short story contest, and that story is included in my collection, Flowering and Other Stories, which was published by AuthorMike Ink in May of 2012. (And I hope by this point it doesn't sound as though I'm just blathering on.)

My other interests are reading, bicycling, brain research, basketball, politics, travel, photography, chocolate, whiskey and selected nonsense. I live in the hinterlands of Watsonville, California, surrounded by strawberry fields and the occasional Airstream. See my lurid website confessions and writing-related blog at http://www.tombentley.com

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The stories weren't simple, but they were very easy to read.
George
The author moves effortlessly from humorous to poignant and even tragic stories.
Girlfiddler
This is an interesting collection of eclectic short stories.
Peter Bourget

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Becky Blanton on June 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
I can't get the images out of my mind. Tom has a way of phrasing things, of animating words, of holding images hostage to his whip of ink that make reading his short stories a physical as well as emotional, visual and mental experience. In other words -- his writing rocks.

I can't talk about my favorite parts of these stories without giving away the plot twists, but suffice it to say I'll never assume certain things ever again. And while I love trains and totally understand the power of standing alongside one as it blasts by, I won't look at trains the same way either.

Tom has that rare sense of being able to find the fleeting thought, the one we bury or slam the door on when it tries to come inside our consciousness. He welcomes those thoughts in, milks them for their horror or weirdness and turns them into something we, if we allow ourselves to see it, recognize as something we'd all say, or think if we allowed ourselves to.

Great read and worth the price and then some.
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this collection before reading it, or even while reading it. The stories twist and ramble, but all that does is pull you further in. While all the characters are different - mannerisms, motivations, backgrounds, etc - they're all real and relatable. Definitely an interesting read.
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By Carly K on February 9, 2014
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I enjoyed almost all of these stories. There were some characters I really couldn't like at all because of the things that they did so I didn't like those stories as much (like the one about the guy who worked in the apple orchard, which I really liked and then was kind of shocked by the way it went). However, I do recommend these stories, but don't expect them to be all nicey-nicey! I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review of the book.
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I have really been getting into short stories again (maybe because, like this collection, I have been getting a lot of them free for an unbiased review). I often have a lot of time to kill between appointments, and short stories are perfect for keeping me entertained when I am out of the office and sitting around waiting for this person or that person. This collections was really good,

Really nicely written stuff here. I particularly liked the one about rhinos in the desert (which was set in Arizona and not really about rhinos--but doesn't it make you want to read it?), although, given the bad stuff that happens in some of the stories, I was holding my breath waiting for it to go really badly wrong. Whew. Didn't. Some did. Others were much more hopeful (gotta love a story with kittens that make a very sad person realize life can get better). The stories weren't simple, but they were very easy to read. I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys short literary fiction.
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Often in a book of short stories, I enjoy one or two of the stories a great deal and find the rest just okay or even boring. Mr Bentley's collection gets a 4.5 from me---I found the majority of the stories to be very good reads indeed. I enjoyed that the stories, while framed around a small set of themes (loss and the consequences of poor choices being the primary elements), were set in a number of different time frames and different physical/cultural settings. Although many of the stories ended exactly as you think they might, the journey is the thing rather than the story's payoff. The stories made me cry, smile, and try to avert my eyes. The prose style is excellent and effortless, making for a a really good read for people who enjoy short stories about generally less-than-cheery topics.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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i received this book in exchange for an honest review.

the book consists of a set of short stories from different areas of life. i picked up this book coz i needed a fast read. after reading a number of heavy novels i wanted something light. and this book fit the bill perfectly. the characters designed in the book are very heart touching. but what i loved most about the book was the writing style. it brings back memories. which is what i loved the most. i certainly will recommend this book to people who are looking for a quality writing.
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By c15ca on January 31, 2014
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The main characters of these stories are not sympathetic enough for me to be drawn into their world. They seem to go on and on about unnecessary details of things and don't show much emotion. Actually, I almost hate the main character in Flowering, because he keeps complaining about and loathing his weird roommate to the nitty-gritty details. The end of that story is easy to guess. For those who love slow-paced stories, this may be for you.
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By Igor Asselbergs on February 4, 2013
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A series of short stories by Tom Bentley. Some sweet, some gripping, some heartbreaking, but the stories are always witty and entertaining.
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