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Stranded [Kindle Edition]

Kimberly Raiser
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Book Description


Stories and tales from science fiction, richly perplexing, philosophical, and downright hilarious. And some just for the fun of it. A collection of stories published around the globe, in one carry-along companion! Featuring "Man upon a Rock" Readers choice award at Silverthought online and one to read outloud to the kids, "Felonious Fruit". If you've got a minute or an hour, there is something here for you!!!

Product Details

  • File Size: 141 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1432706012
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.; 2nd editon edition (March 28, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OI275I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hit and a miss and a miss and a miss... October 12, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
When an author asks for reviews, even to the point of handing out free copies, well, you want to give a positive review. That said, negative reviews do serve to set a reasonable expectation level for prospective readers which can lead to a more positive experience. This isn't a "don't waste your time" review but rather a "be forewarned."

This book is, shall we say "wildly eclectic," ranging from Flash-Fiction (300-1000 generally words) that often describe a single scene or narrative to works of traditional shot-story length and the stories are not all what could be considered sci-fi, per se. That is not a critique by any means.

The problem with the work is that, save for 3 or four, they fail in terms of story telling and objective, humor, or philosophy. A number have a long, long build-up -- almost the point of tedium -- which builds expectation and a wrap-up that is so fast a tortoise would miss it if he blinked. It leaves the reader with the same felling of boarding a roller-coaster, riding way, way up into the sky only to crest the top and...find it was time to get off. In some cases, the old saw of "show, don't tell" is followed only pro forma in that a character, rather than narrator, makes a one-paragraph explanation of the philosophical point of the story.

About half of the stories felt more like sketches and ideas jotted down on the run with the intent to come back to later or perhaps partial drafts. Some of them tried to make a point and belabored it to the point of irritation, or sophomoric toilet humor, which is a shame because the point could have been easily and successfully made in a far smaller space.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT STORIES, Just story ideas March 16, 2012
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I read the first four and was unimpressed. These are not stories, they are mere ideas. Some are good ideas and could become good short stories if they were fleshed out, but as the are, they're just ideas that haven't been developed. I doubt I'll finish the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Stranded" is like popcorn April 8, 2008
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"Stranded" is like popcorn--it's light, fluffy, and goes down very easy. The stories cover a variety of subjects and styles, but my favorites, like "Man upon a Rock," "Simple Rules for the Proper Execution of a Suicide," and "Felonious Fruit," make use of Raiser's facility for humor and the unexpected twist at the end. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for the lighter, wittier side of speculative fiction!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is brilliant! April 7, 2008
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Anybody who enjoys quirky, imaginative, creative and intelligent short stories needs to own this book. Contained within its bindings is an assortment of stories each one with an unique, and utterly refreshing, point of view. The author has an impressive fluid, poetic like, grasp of the English languages and, I am delighted to say, she is not afraid to use it! This book shines from Amazon like a sparkling gem lying on a vast pebble beach of mediocrity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very interesting April 16, 2012
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A lot of short stories in this book, which I usually like. However, these were kind of boring. Very tough to finish this, fortunately I didn't pay a lot for the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Channel Surfing February 24, 2012
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This collection of snippets is like watching TV when your husband has the remote. Just as soon as you start to get interested in something, he switches to the next station.
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1.0 out of 5 stars review for "Stranded" April 12, 2012
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Did not like this at all. It reminded me of some of my writings from my ninth grade high school English class. Very amateur.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read August 9, 2008
"Stranded: Stories from the Edge of Infinity" is a combination of the thoughtful, the quirky, the funny, and the bizarre. Several of the tales are extremely short, or "flash," fiction. The brevity of these stories, far from detracting from their enjoyability, increases the impact of the point each makes. The longer stories in the volume have benefited from the room provided for the development of the characters and the framework within which they have been so skillfully placed. The combination of story lengths make this volume convenient for those who want to be entertained but only have a short time in which to read, and yet is re-readable for those who have the leisure to consider.

Ms. Raiser uses some unusual perspectives and premises in the course of her stories. What if I waited precisely one minute before performing each deliberate act? If I were a rock, what would I think? What if I could consciously completely forget anything and everything that I wanted to forget? She also provides a new take on some old questions. Why is the sky blue? What is "Hell?"

Individually, each story provides something for your brain to chew on. Even the shortest stories made me stop and think for at least a moment before moving on to the next. In a few instances, I decided to re-read the story I had just completed because the point I was pondering seemed too profound to be contained within such a small package. In others, I just didn't get it. Overall, I enjoyed this book.
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Growing up surrounded by the influence of science fiction, including Raiser's grandfather Henry Kunicki who grew up with famous physicist David Bohm, it was difficult not to create worlds beyond our own for Raiser.
Raiser's debut novel "The Family Bones" is a culmination of thriller, sci-fi and mystery. On the verge of movie rights, this book is popular among teens as well as adults.
Raiser is working on several novels soon to be released, and a children's line of books as well. Look out for the Pepper Fink series.
With the support of fellow well known authors, including P.S. Gifford and Linda S. Cowden (author of Grimmie) Raiser intends on making writing not just a part time hobby, but a full-time career.
Keep an eye out for this multi-talented award winning author for future hits.
Stranded: Stories from the edge of infinity... is a collection of Raiser's published short stories that have been compared to Twilight Zone, Monty Python, Douglas Adams, and...well...the utmost bizarre, and thought provoking.

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