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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (April 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557295165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557295166
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,675,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The material varies in quality, effectiveness and level of violence, but on the whole the stories testify to an imaginative writer with a skilled, even sublime grasp. -  Kirkus Review

Customer Reviews

Joseph is an amazing artist who paints beautiful pictures with words.
Acheilos
While I do read short stories often, this is honestly the first time I found a book of short stories that entertained me so completely.
Jen
The characters in each of the stories are interesting, and certainly helped keep my involved with each story.
lydaalexander

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I take pleasure in reading stories that cannot be conveniently labeled - the ones that astonish and play with content, format and word choice...and many of the stories in this collection are like that. Unfortunately, some of the stories didn't "speak" to me at all, so I had mixed feelings about this anthology as a whole. It also takes a stretch of the imagination to believe that all of the stories fit with the theme of the compilation.

Nevertheless, the stories were thought-provoking on many levels. There was a plethora of distinctive characters. A couple of stories were exceptional, and a couple were lacking. I liked the majority well enough, but I wasn't blown away by the anthology.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By martins4unc on February 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Paths to Divinity by Joseph DiCristofano is a collection of seven well written short stories. All of the stories have somewhat of a dark twist to them. They are filled with death, fear, supernatural elements, love, and hate. The author is very descriptive in his writing and this helps bring the characters to life. The reader experiences all of the emotions and fears of the characters in the stories. The book was a little too dark and creepy for me but if you like horror and tales of the unknown you would definitely like it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Very Merry Shakespeare on October 16, 2011
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This is a series of tales that speak very skillfully about every aspect of religion and science, from all points of view. Now, some of these tales are not for the faint of heart; this is a collection that offers action, adventure, horror, and even some characters who will leave behind a severe distaste in your mouth. Yet, each and every tale does offer a powerful look at vengeance, justice, revenge, history, religion, and faith.

The first story may just become the favorite of all readers. The author brings us into a hospital for the mentally-ill - a place for the insane to sit and ponder what they've done, seen, and now believe. In this very intriguing story, an inmate is speaking, attempting to tell the tale of why he is innocent of a crime that the world has no doubt he committed. This extremely captivating story about how this man went from a University where a friend of his - an archaeologist - told him the tale of an ancient artifact that could very well change the course of faith and religion in the world, to an old manor in England where he had to view the artifacts found. An in-depth story of King Solomon follows, and is told in beautiful and extremely well-researched detail. This is also a story that makes it very clear that perhaps, the ends do not justify the means; and that even ancient beings who many do not believe in, can very well be called back to take out their revenge on people who put pride and prestige before faith and truth.

From this exquisite tale, the author then delves into a much more horrific area, introducing a serial killer who is quite in love with himself, and doesn't seem to understand that if you `dish it out, you may just have to take it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Private Pook on August 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
The biggest compliment I can give Joseph DiCristofano's first collection of short stories is the sheer number of ways in which it explores the concept of its title. There is a solid theme throughout the entire book, but every story feels different -- each has its own unique take on divinity, whether it be good or bad, epic or minute.

DiCristofano tells his stories in beautiful language that almost seems intended for being read aloud. The only snags are when he spends a little too much time laying groundwork, and the momentum of the story itself comes to a halt.

These are small concerns, however, in a compelling collection of short stories labeled "vol. 1" because, I hope, there is more to come.

"Hydromancy 101" - Ironically, the first story in the collection works the least for me. I admit that the dramatic finale stayed with me, and there is haunting imagery here. The problem for me is DiCristofano is giving us a unique, convincing narrator, and then allowing him to ramble for the opening five pages without allowing anything to happen. The counter-argument, of course, is that the narrative necessitates the character be long-winded, but I see that as taking too much time to establish a character trait that is already evident by the end of page two.

"Feels Like Home" - A simple story about a serial killer with a strange sense of love. I found that the killer was not so much what engaged me as the creepy fate that awaited him at the end.

"The Passing of Eric Webber" - Starts off as a compelling tragedy about a dying german soldier, but things really get interesting when the grim reaper shows up wearing tennis shoes. This is where we get to see DiCristofano's unique sense of spiritual tranquility, and where his imagination really takes off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DcndC on May 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Impossible to tell what to expect from an author's first work, but the stories here are surprisingly engaging and left me looking forward to future books from Mr Dicristofano. The book presents and evokes a wide range of moods, emotions, and styles. As in any short story collection, you will find some stories more enjoyable than others, but the story "Thy Kingdom Found" is worth the price on it's own.
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Joseph lives in Chicago, Illinois, with his dogs Luna and Odie. By day, he is an electrician for the CTA, and by night he writes about horrible angels and wonderful monsters and terrifying metaphors beneath the context of reality and whatever else he sits and contemplates. Besides writing, he enjoys beating on his drums, weightlifting, spending time with good people, PC games, MMA, not watching reality television, ineptly strumming his classical guitar and not doing his dishes.

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