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Six Minutes [Kindle Edition]

Ederyn Khushrenada
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This collection of short stories explores the darker side of human nature:

■  A condemned prisoner recalls the events that brought him here

■  A jet set couple get a surprise when they return from a vacation abroad

■  After witnessing a kiss between two friends, a gay soldier seeks therapy

■  A soldier pursuing a Somali terrorist stumbles into an FGM ceremony in progress

■  A terrorist suffers a crisis of conscience while prepping a small child for a suicide mission

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From the Author

I hope my books live up to your expectations.  =^ᴗ^=

Product Details

  • File Size: 227 KB
  • Print Length: 71 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,398 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing May 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
From the reviews I expected this book to be one that I would have to read through fingers over my eyes just as I had to do in the old horror movies. I didn't find anything horrifying in this book. Parts of it were gross and distasteful and I thought the writing was mediocre. But horror? No, just a few short stories that I've already forgotten.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as advertised. May 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The author mentioned right at the get go that "the most frightening animal in the universe is man", and with the context inside this book, it was no lie. First, let me say that this is not my usual area of interest, however I received this book knowing full well that it was labeled as 'Dark Fiction', and so this review stems from this knowledge.

5 stories told, all filled with their own unique twists that can either leave you mad, happy (if you're a bit disturbed) or in my case, wanting to see a bit more after various endings. If anything, that was my only 'complaint' with this book, I wanted to know more about the stories! The way it was all written, easily suggested that the author could have added more content, however they all delivered their 'lessons' at the end of each well written short story.

Heck, I expanded my German vocabulary simply by reading this (A few stories contains it, but Google translate helped me out with those). And for the price, It's definitely worth it considering it leaves you with a new outlook on 'horror'.

A bit of a warning... "Not intended for young readers" - - - - -"Reader discretion is advised". (The 5th story had me blushing a bit...) Keep this in mind, and you will enjoy the work written. Would I recommend this to anyone that enjoys dark and edgy fiction? Yes I would.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Alina
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I've concluded that the most disturbing aspect of all of ederyn's short stories is that they are believably real. This account of what two or three human beings said or did really could have happened. The underlying linking concept throughout these stories is of the depravity that human beings are consciously able to perpetrate on others with malice aforethought. However these stories are no simple litany of graphic gore, they are skillfully constructed to misdirect the reader so that the denouement comes as a punch in the guts. Yet there is surprising nobility of sentiment here as well. Some of these stories are both horrifying and life affirming - not an easy thing to pull off. These stories are emotionally complex and I haven't really read anything to which I could compare them. The only comparison I can think of for effect is the movie "In the realm of the senses"In The Realm Of The Senses: The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray]. At some point you will think ederyn's stories are too much, at what point that occurs depends on you. Not for the faint-hearted.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain weird. (I love it.) June 17, 2011
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This is a book about human evil, which is well-written and has an experienced author's appreciation for pacing, diction, and drawing the reader in. Unfortunately, unlike most books, this one draws you in and proceeds to beat the crap out of you. This is a book which is extremely hard to get through, not because it isn't well-written, but precisely because it IS well-written. Sending you through the ringer is exactly what the author intends to do, and it shows.

Reading this book is like playing chicken on the highway. It eventually becomes a game of "How long can I keep my eyes open?" Because the writing is skilled, you never feel like you're wasting your time, which leaves you with what is more-or-less a perfectly free choice... To endure, or walk away. And it doesn't really matter which one you do.

This is one heckuva strange and unique book. It's like a bioluminescent mushroom growing in a field of daisies. Check it out, but it's certainly not light reading. It perfectly succeeds at what it intends to do, however, and deserves five stars.
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I live on the planet Sedna--I'm the mayor!--where I'm currently working on a pretentious literary novel about ancient Egypt.


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