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THE GREATEST short STORY [ies] [I've] EVER TOLD [Kindle Edition]

Jay Squires
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

DARK REFLECTIONS: Lena loves Robin in that special way a mother loves her child. Only, Robin is her husband! Lena also has feelings for Maretta, who happens to be Robins's sister and the matchmaker who brought them together. Maretta seems to feel the same. But how could anything come of it ... at least while Robin's dying?

WHAT A HUNDRED'LL Do: Are these the rants, ramblings and actions of a demented man? Or are they the net result of love carrying him as far as it can go?

KEEPING SCORE: Competition means nothing unless a score is kept -- even when the competitors are 100-plus years-old! On this field the battle can be brutal. Ask 114 year-old Graham Murdoch, listed as the oldest person in the U.S. (but only 3rd on the world-scale)! Or ask his ruthless opponent, in the other corner (so to speak!) at 113, Foster Carmichael. Foster Carmichael craves to be number one. Need more be said?

BENT: Is Johnny Dead or Alive? He was sure he knew once. Or is Johnny merely dreaming he is dead or alive? There have been some bizarre cognitive encounters. He may have been part of them. Perhaps his shrink knows. Unless he is a shard from his shrink's shattered delusions. Why aren't things as simple as when he was a child? At times he remembers his childhood.


Product Details

  • File Size: 294 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Jay Squires; 1 edition (November 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00679FTLS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,773 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gallery of life. April 5, 2012
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Short story writing is an art form. In the art world there are classics and avant-garde works. Also, there is a constant evolution of the use of media in order to show us something new or a new perspective on a classic. This collection of short stories is like strolling down the halls of a gallery. Jay paints each story differently. He uses character study and emotion, guiding them as a talented wordsmith would. He doesn't force the themes at you; he waits until you, the reader, discover the heart, humor and soul of the piece.

As I started my journey down the halls of his gallery, I was pleasantly surprised at how different the voices were in each story. I stopped and checked to see if I was reading an anthology of many instead of a collection of one man. Each story does more than give you a slice of life. It gives you history, life, longing and yes, in some cases, death. From jealousy and something darker in "A Very Special Little Summer Vacation" to the crazy justification of a sentimental act in "What a Hundred'll Do," he deals quite skillfully with complex emotions while telling us a story. My favorite is "Keeping Score," the amazing story of a man who is on the fast track to being the oldest living human. How he is drawn into a competition by another... but that would be giving the story away. This piece alone is worth the purchase of this collection.

I recommend "Really The Greatest short Story [ies] I've Ever Told" by Jay Squire to the reader that wants more than a casual gaze at life. I assure you, the trip to his gallery will be well worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic and Thought-Provoking August 24, 2013
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The Greatest Short Stories I've Ever Told, by Jay Squires, is an eclectic mix of nine original tales that are each very different in style and perspective. While two stories deal directly with the impact of human loss (one resulting from an accident, another due to cancer), death also plays a role in several other shorts. The various angles from which the author used his characters to explore the realization of imminent death, the fear of dying, or feeling dead inside to the point of pathological hysteria, were interesting and eloquently portrayed.

One poignant story didn't touch upon literal death, but effectively displayed bittersweet waves of introspection from a young boy as the idolatry of his wretch of a father is cruelly shattered, marking the figurative and irreversible death of his once-perceived role model. Another relatable tale of introspection explored the tumult caused by the declining health of a long-living pet and how the furry creatures entrenched in our lives come to symbolize anchors, or sometimes crutches, for human relationships. Once a beloved pet passes on, the residual effect on human survivors can be interesting indeed.

Overall, these stories were very well-written, the characters well-defined, and their inter-personal characteristics exposed with an honest and interesting voice. The endings were sometimes abrupt, leaving the reader with a few questions still unanswered. That's not always a bad thing, as it tends to keep the story alive for rumination after the story is over, and gives a compelling reason to re-read them, for many are deeper than they seem at first, often revealing a new stream of consciousness and possibility just as the story ends. Well done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Jay pulls you into each story slowly. He starts you off peeking from behind the curtain at the action while it slowly leaves the room causing you to follow. You have to think before you turn the pages or you will leave a "comma of drool."
Great work!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read! June 27, 2013
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The way this author puts words together not only tells interesting stories, but he makes you think. He takes what appears to be two unrelated concepts, weaves them together, and by the end of the story, he makes his point. He brings out emotions and observations that we otherwise would miss, and tells a great story in the process. What makes this book different for me is that I had to read a story and wait before reading the next one. My brain was mulling over the concepts in the story I had just read. Brain food!

I recommend this for anyone who likes to read good quality stories that add to your life!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty Short Story Teasers. May 11, 2013
By rickter
This review was done during my reading challenge of 100 Books in 100 Days in which the author graciously provided a free copy of his book in return for a review.

This may be the only collection of short stories that I have on my list thus far. I have to admit, (between you and me) that I don't usually read short story collections. When I invest in reading a story I want to stay a while and for me, the short story just wets my appetite for more. Short Stories are an appe-teaser!

Jay Squires is a big ole tease with his novel THE GREATEST short STORY [ies] [I've] EVER TOLD!!! I didn't have time to be bitter about it though since each story he shares in literary prose was a new experience of the human condition. He lures you in with well worn human emotions but reveals it in surprising ways. Each story is told in a new voice and I really enjoyed them all. He uses a voice of a child trying to understand the harsh realities of adults, the confusion of youth and love, death as a contest and as a beginning. There were even a couple pieces (like Bent) that left me questioning what I just read. The author took me on a journey that stretched my mind and exercised my emotions.

If you enjoy reading literary short stories then THE GREATEST short STORY [ies] [I've] EVER TOLD by Jay Squires is worth buying, reading and sharing.

For me, I would like to throw down the proverbial gauntlet and challenge Mr. Squires to take one of his beautifully crafted short stories and use it as a springboard into an entire meal novel. I'm hungry for more!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Artfully Crafted Stories
Author Jay Squire's THE GREATEST SHORT STORIES I EVER TOLD is a collection of nine original tales that he created as a thought-provoking read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jacqueline M Piepenhagen
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly an enjoyable read!
Love the Author, he is a new favorite read.. I enjoyed his shorts, they really are the Greatest ever told!!
Published 5 months ago by Harriette P. Mccoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Loved this book! Story telling at its best! I am a huge fan of the short story and this collection did not disappoint.
Published 6 months ago by just me
4.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure
John did a awesome job with these short stories. Writing short stories is a very hard thing to do as you need to make each of each unique, and John did just that. Read more
Published 11 months ago by nguyen phuong nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars Short stories with long life
Short stories, to catch my attention, must make every word count. Every sentence must lead to the next. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Scot Hildreth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Storyteller!
These are thought-provoking stories with believable characters that the reader will care about. Each one pulls you in with the opening lines. Mr. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Paul Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories that we all can relate to.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book of short stories. Mr. Squires has a way with words that will make you laugh, make you sad, but most importantly, make you think. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Shells
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Short Stories I've Ever Read
Jay Squires is a wordsmith, not your average wordsmith, mind you, but a master. His word choice and attention to detail alone, separate him from other authors I've read. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Hamilton C. Burger
5.0 out of 5 stars YEA!!! I FINALLY GOT TO READ JAY'S STORIES!!!
I knew I would enjoy each and every story Jay Squires wrote!!! The man has a gift for story telling which captures your attention and entertains your mind and heart!!! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Vonda Norwood
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