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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Hollywood Books International (January 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982955812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982955819
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,942,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviewed for the Fargo Forum by Richard Moquist, author of Eye of the Agency and The Franklin Mysteries.

In this, his third volume of short stories, Alan Davis again delivers a most satisfying read. Davis writes with a distinct and colorful style that is imaginative and inventive. Some stories are filled with irony and a touch of humor and end with an O. Henry-like surprise. Others are edgy and may leave you a bit disturbed.

The rarest gem in this collection is Catching Out, a haunting story of an unnamed man riding the rails like a dust-bowl hobo. He is driven by something he can't quite describe and isn't even sure which direction he is traveling. "Why not travel like a bodhisattva through the desolate remains of the earth, not a saint or criminal, just a spot of energy living out its fate in the vegetative world?", he asks himself. He ends up in a small town with a Norwegian stave church and a Viking ship museum. He meditates in the church, sits on a bench and looks out over a frozen river, realizing at last that his days of "catching out" are over.

The story might well be a metaphor of the author's own journeys. The well-traveled Davis is a New Orleans native, transplanted to the North Country. He now teaches at Minnesota State University Moorhead (the city of Moorhead has a stave church and a Viking ship museum) and is Senior Editor for New Rivers Press. His other award winning collections include Rumors from the Lost World and Alone with the Owl.
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I used three other books for this writing course, although I enjoyed each book of short to short short fiction inside, this book had some repetition inside of other short stories read. If you're looking for a story starter idea book, or a book to help relieve some writer's block, or even just a book filled with short stories to read over a period of time, I would recommend this book. I enjoyed it but due to my course, some of the stories were repetitive making it hard to enjoy it fully.
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