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Something Nice - Ten Stories [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Lawston
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Book Description

An acclaimed collection of ten short stories by Andrew K Lawston. A blend of science-fiction, fantasy, philosophy and the supernatural. From the cuddly neighbours with a nasty hobby in Throwing Up With the Joneses, to the lovelorn robot of Cyberstalking these stories all made the author's Mum ask the same question. "Why don't you write something nice?"

Well, now he has.

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About the Author

Andrew K Lawston is a writer of strange and quirky fiction who lives and works in London. In addition to his writing, and his day job working on the magazine for a major membership organisation, Andrew is a keen amateur actor.

A former language teacher, Andrew also holds an MPhil in Film Studies and is a fluent French speaker. In addition to his fiction, he also translates French books for fresh new audiences.
Andrew has a small black cat, and enjoys cooking curry, eating curry, drinking beer, watching films, exploring London, and failing to learn to play the guitar.

Product Details

  • File Size: 579 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Andrew Lawston (March 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R62AXU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful collection May 3, 2012
By Ignite
Format:Kindle Edition
Andrew Lawston is a new writer to me although these stories have evidently had previous incarnations. There wasn't a single one I didn't enjoy. They were particularly well written and all had that little edge of discomfort. With many, you wondered if it could happen. The best accolade I can give him is that his stories didn't remind me of anyone else's work. He writes with his own voice. Long may he continue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing. I like it. February 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very strange & disturbing collection of stories. I like strange & disturbing. What I liked most was that all the stories were either completely different from anything I'd ever read, or any similarities to classic plots were turned on their heads with something totally weird. However, some of them felt sort of unfinished.

"Throwing Up with the Joneses" (a student learns something strange about his neighbors), "The Late Romantics" (a successful man returns to his hometown, for a reunion with the girl he's loved since childhood), and "Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony" (you are what you eat) worked the best for me because they felt the most like complete stories. All three left me thoroughly disturbed, especially "Gluttony". *shudder*

Some of the stories left me confused. While reading these, I felt like there was some information missing. In some instances the reader seems expected to make leaps in logic. This is okay if at some point in the story there is some kind of resolution where the story confirms or corrects our assumptions. But, that doesn't always happen here and it pulled me out of too many interesting premises.

Overall, I think "Something Nice" is a good casual read, especially if you're looking to be disturbed.

Amber Dawn (The Kindle Book Review)
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. KBR is not connected with the author, publisher, or Amazon in any way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Awesomely Disturbing January 11, 2015
By Rebecca
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is a collection of unconnected short stories. While they seem a bit disjointed at first, once I reached the third short story, I began to get into the flow a little better. At this point, I retraced my steps and started back at the beginning, and got much more out of the stories than I had the first time around.

These short stories are extremely well written. Since they are short, you are immediately thrown into the plot, at times completely unaware of what is going on. But each time I started a new story, I was hooked from the first paragraph!

The stories are all unique and a little disturbing, which is a genre that I particularly enjoy. There's something fascinating and thrilling about delving into a story and knowing that no matter what initial assumptions you make about that story, the ending might completely throw you for a loop!

Lawston did a fantastic job with these short stories. I was pleasantly surprised with each of them. I also got a kick out of his ending note on why he titled the book "Something Nice." I definitely loved the inside joke.
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More About the Author

Andrew Lawston is a London-based writer and amateur actor, who lives in the flat above an Indian restaurant with a little black cat. He knows this is pretty much as idyllic as life's ever going to get, given that his first ever job was working in an independent bookshop at the age of 16. Even then he knew that it must all go downhill from there...

Andrew's work mostly takes the form of short stories, which have been hailed as "funny", "quirky", "horrific" and "twisted". Often all at once. His work can be found in various anthologies, including Sanity Clause Is Coming, and his own self-published collection: Something Nice.

A fluent French speaker and former teacher, Andrew supplements his short story writing with French translations. Casanova's "Story of My Escape" was published in 2014 to the delight of English-speaking Casanova enthusiasts around the world, and further translations are in the pipeline of early 20th Century French novels.

In addition to his original fiction, Andrew has also placed Doctor Who stories in several charity anthologies, including The Cat That Walked Through Time, and Shelf Life.


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