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Mourning Doves and other stories. [Kindle Edition]

Tom Upton
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An diverse collection of short fiction with something for everybody.

The Kindle version has two bonus stories: the hilarious "The Great Squirrel Hunt of 1977" and the poignant "The Last Long Walk Home"

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Tom Upton was born in Chicago. He attended Columbia College, where he studied writing and film.
     Upton has written Just Plain Weird, a young adult novel, Scarecrows, a very dark tale of horror, and Mourning Doves, a short story collection.
     His other interests including animal rights and senior and disabled rights. 
     He is writing the Freaky Jules e-book series, a young adult paranormal series of novellas. Freaky Jules #1 (Vanished) and Freaky Jules#2 (Pants on Fire) have already been published. Freaky Jules#3 (Hellhounds) will be available shortly.
     He now lives in the rural Midwest, with his wife and two teenaged daughters.

Product Details

  • File Size: 273 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1440439117
  • Publisher: Hightowne Press; First edition (March 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NGPL5O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading December 19, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
Tom Upton's stories in this collection are very diverse. Some are more enjoyable than others, but on the whole there is something in every one of the stories that will make a reader stop and think. The version I read could definitely do with some editing, as there are many typos and errors which distract from the stories and weaken the flow of the writing.
Tom Upton's talent seems to lie in being able to grab the reader's attention and draw them into the story, and most importantly to keep the reader's interest. There are many believeable and well-observed/developed characters in these tales. Halfway through the collection, I think there are a couple of stories that could have been left out, interestingly 'Mourning Doves' was one of them! That story along with 'Fetal Position' are, in my opinion, the weakest stories in this collection. My personal favourites are, 'The Hanging Boy', which I felt was particularly insightful, and, 'Life Along the Okie-dokie Highway'.
Sometimes I found that the endings to the stories were not very satisfying, even though the actual stories and content were very interesting.
I enjoyed reading this book and it's definitely a collection worth reading.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Desperately Needs A Proof Reading! March 20, 2010
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I wish I could give this 2 1/2 stars, because unfortunately the promising writing style was just absolutely mauled by the overwhelming number of typos and grammatical errors. One or two is forgivable, more than a dozen is inexcusable.

As well, Mr. Upton relies far too much on the abrupt ending, which while very rarely can be effective when used with care, by the time I came across it the fourth or 5th time, it just began to seem a bit lazy. Part of the joy of a well executed short story, after all, is that it is such a complete bit of prose neatly wrapped in a small, satisfying package. Between these two distractions, it began to feel like every story read was like driving down an interesting road, but having to dodge innumerable potholes. Only to find the road ending abruptly at a cliff edge. Frustrating.

I will say, however, that I was left with enough of a sense of underlying talent that I'm not quite willing to give up on this author. After all, I don't know whether this was a collection of early, novice work before he found his true stride, or some other reason that would explain the above shortcomings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of short stories. January 23, 2013
By James
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I gave this book five stars because they did'nt allow for more. The only complaint I had was the book ended to soon. It is one of the most enjoyable reads I have had in a long time. I can't reccomend it enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice stories January 12, 2013
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A very nice selection of stories. A good read in just the right size to make for a wonderful afternoon
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable stories June 3, 2012
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I enjoyed reading these stories- Upton writes a good short story and he has a way of including little details that give the story a depth beyond the plot. In the very first story, a boy is tasked with replacing a pane of glass that he broke in a game of catch. His father teaches him the basics, and Upton describes all the hardware purchased, the bits and pieces that go into removing a broken pane and installing a new on. The hardware isn't really part of the story, but it is part of the boy's experience and this inclusion gives the story a richness that only comes from a strong memory that has stayed with you a lifetime.

While I found these stories very pleasurable to read, I also found enough typos and errors to be annoying. The author should do a thorough proof-reading because these diminish the quality of his writing.
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More About the Author

Tom Upton was born in Chicago. He attended Columbia College, where he studied advanced writing and film.

Upton has written Just Plain Weird and the Freaky Jules young adult paranormal series: Freaky Jules #1 (Vanished), Freaky Jules#2 (Pants on Fire), Freaky Jules #3 (Hellhounds), and Freaky Jules #4 (The Crying Witch).

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