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Something Nice - Ten Stories [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Lawston
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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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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  • File Size: 3155 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,055 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly charming, endearingly strange July 4, 2014
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It's a dark and quirky night as Andrew Lawston slouches into the pub. His collar up to avoid the curious stares of other pub dwellers--none of whom has even noticed his arrival--he sits in a corner booth and digs into the pockets of his Mackintosh. He pulls out a pencil stub and bits of paper scavenged from gutters and trash bins. He orders a stout from the barman who eyes him with suspicion. Tonight, as he does most nights, Lawston is drinking and writing to silence the characters banging with blunt instruments on the inside of his skull.

There's the boy with the piggy tail. And the glutton with the anus of a cow. The villagers enslaved by aliens. The neighbors who vomit. The dead.

All of these souls and more clamor for release from their bony cell inside the Tower of Lawston. So Lawston drinks, and Lawston writes, and Lawston dreams of days and nights to come when the voices are silent and he is left in peace to write the stories that put a smile on the lips of his grateful mum.

These are not those stories. These stories are strange and charming and endearing and disturbing. These stories will sneak up behind you and make you jump when they whisper your name.

They are written with the skill and sureness of a born storyteller. Lawston's prose does not call attention to itself in any fancy manner, but it's smooth and graceful and evocative and funny. It has a way of poking like an acupuncture needle exactly the cluster of nerve endings that send a tickle of electricity up your spine.

Lawston's collection of short stories is good. The stories are half an inch deep, yes, but entirely engaging. I'm withholding one star for this reason alone: Lawston is going to write something, hopefully in the near future, that will blow our socks off. At the least, another Hitchhiker's Guide. At the most... I can't even guess. I'm saving my five-star review for that work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved them! October 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Absolutely loved this collection of short stories. They were all quirky, well thought out and a brilliant combination of funny, shocking and different. Each story is special in it's own way and they all stand out. One of my favourite collections.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something Nice July 1, 2012
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Johanna Zanten's review Jul 01, 12 · edit

Read in July, 2012

This collection of short stories will appeal to those who love sci fi, the weird, and the wonderful, as each individual short story has unexpected endings and is somewhat gruesome. I read with interest and could not predict the narrative. The story that I could identify most with was that of the boy born with an appendix at his derrière that looked like a pig's tail: Jake The Pig. The description and unfolding of the family dynamics were so real and the symbolism very apt; the outcome was very satisfying. Another one that appealed to me was Too Much Love Can Kill You, in which the mother's over involvement with her boy almost killed her, literally, but in another way than you might expect. As a mother I can imagine the premise and also see this situation often around me where parents hoover over their children possessively and obsessively.
Supernatural forces, or maybe alien influences play a part in most stories and death, near-death, or the threat of death seems a common thread in every story.

The stories are dark and the suspense is palpable. The literary qualities displayed in the stories are many: this author can write.
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Andrew Lawston is a London-based writer and amateur actor, who produces short stories and non-fiction articles as a procrastination tactic to avoid finishing a novel. When not writing, acting, reading, drinking beer or cooking curry, Andrew works as publishing manager for a membership organisation.

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


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