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A Little Girl In My Room & Other Stories Kindle Edition

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Length: 38 pages

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  • File Size: 129 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 4, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003B3O310
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Claire Farrell is an Irish author who spends her days separating warring toddlers. When all five children are in bed, she overdoses on caffeine in the hope she can stay awake long enough to write some more dark flash fiction, y/a paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By ~DJ Faz~ on May 14, 2010
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Books like Claire Farrell's are not my usual cup of tea, but all teetotalers need a shot of white lightning once in a while. It keeps life interesting. The Little Girl in My Room & Other Stories is an excellent book for anyone in a reading rut. This book will knock your whole world off-kilter!

Filling this dark book with twisted tales of malevolence, greed, and revenge, Farrell has a gifted and uncanny talent of stepping into the skin of her characters and firmly planting herself there. The first two stories actually made me smile and wish that I'd had them to read to my sons when they were younger--spooky fun! But the second two stories actually made my skin crawl. Did I stop reading? No. I couldn't! And the stories just got darker and more twisted.

I am normally a lover of the bright and glorious happily-ever-after ending that this book doesn't provide; however, one disturbing and graphic story (entitled Justice) did have an extremely satisfying ending that had me nodding and actually feeling empathy for the evil-doer. How did that happen, you might wonder...read this book to find out. You'll be nodding, too.

If you like to feel scared, if you like dark, unsettling books, or if you simply need a change of pace in your reading, this book--written by a talented teller of tales--is for you. Highly recommended.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lynn McNamee on May 21, 2010
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Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars

There were a multitude of different topics covered in this short story collection from child abuse to rape to the supernatural. They did all have themes of abuse, violence and cruelty in common. They were also all dark and disturbing.

Two stories in particular stood out for me. The first portrayed a scene of a violent rape from the viewpoint of the victim. The second showed the same scene from the viewpoint of the rapist. This contrast was jarring.

While most, if not all of the stories, dealt with violence and sex, Ms. Farrell managed to convey the tales with respect, never drifting into the trap of trying to shock the reader with gore. The stories managed to be vivid and shocking in a muted way. It was the casual handling of violence that was the most disturbing.

Each of the many stories in this collection were very short. Ms. Farrell managed to inject meaning and nuance behind every sentence, utilizing the short story form in an expert manner. There is even one story told in verse.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

The sentence structuring was wonderfully done in every story. The tones changed in each, depending on the narrator. There were stories told from the viewpoints of children and adults, both male and female. Each of these viewpoints was made obvious through the voice.

The descriptions were sparse, yet powerful. Every word seemed to have been chosen carefully to give the right impression.

Rating: R for Adult Situations, Violence, Rape, Sex, Child Abuse
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Russell G. Moore VINE VOICE on November 8, 2010
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I'm so glad there are still authors out there who have the courage to write and publish terrific horror stories like those found in "A Little Girl In My Room and Other Stories".

After reading the first story, "A Skeleton in My Closet", I was totally hooked. I read all the stories and found them all to be as spine-tingling and dark as the first.

I read some other reviews that comment on the stories and call them "inappropriate". Baloney, I say. Why do horror stories have to be appropriate for young children? If you're buying horror stories and reading them to your children, perhaps it's YOU that needs to sort out what's appropriate and what's not.

If you love being unnerved by jolting images and unnatural creepiness then this book has it all.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Suto VINE VOICE on May 23, 2010
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Ms. Farrell's collection of short stories brings us a look into some dark topics but they were well written and certainly draw a reader in. Each one will bring you different emotions and from different views. This title is certainly worth a read but it isn't for the faint of heart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 10, 2011
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I don't normally like short story anthologies, but I read this one in an hour and a half. Some of the stories were realistic and others just scary and imaginative but all were memorable. All make you think, what would you do in that circumstance. Some just broke your heart. If it hadn't been for the previous reviews, I wouldn't have taken the chance. Then I would have missed out. Careful you don't miss out too!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Everington on May 16, 2011
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This is a hard to book to review - some of the stories are really good: 'A Friend' in particular I really liked, as was 'Ready Or Not'.

But others I didn't like too much. It seems to me what the author has tried to do is take 'classic' (some would say cliched) horror tropes and write a succinct, orginal version of them. Where she succeeds (the stories mentioned above, plus a few others) it works really well; but where she hasn't, the whole story just comes across as cliche: another story where someone is offered a deal from the Devil; another story which turns out to be told from the point of view of someone who's dead and doesn't realise... (I don't consider these *spoilers* as the twists are obvious from the first few lines).

This isn't a bad book, it's written quite well, and I'd certainly give another of this author's books a go. But for me, it wasn't quite the full package.
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