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The Tenth Photograph: A Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Greg Sisco
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ten photographs on an old roll of film in storage, and once you look at them your life changes forever.

Following a crushing breakup, Lionel David plans to dig up an old manuscript to fill the hole left in his life and stumbles across the photos—photos spanning the length of the universe, taken by someone or something out in the cosmos that has been watching him since birth.

Three days later, having accepted the fate with which the photos present him, he persuades his begrudging ex to meet him for coffee. As their relationship draws to its conclusion and the two carry out their final moments together, the true nature of the photographs is gradually brought to light.

This is a short story approximately 3,000 words in length.

Product Details

  • File Size: 147 KB
  • Print Length: 10 pages
  • Publisher: (March 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007P73RGA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,437,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really cool March 27, 2012
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This story is intriguing from the very start. Ten photographs a man wants to show to his ex. The tension builds with each photo we see, and the characters get deeper and deeper. Cool ending I didn't see coming, and incredibly well-written. It's a short story, so you can blaze through it. I personally sensed hints of noir, Clive Barker and Julio Cortázar, but it's none of these things; it's its own thing, and a very good thing, if you ask me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short March 28, 2012
By LauraK
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This story itself is like a snapshot. It's a very quick read, perfect for a lunch break. The mystery of the photographs had me on the edge of my seat, with a satisfying twist at the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story with a great ending March 28, 2012
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What captures the imagination about The Tenth Photograph is the little details. We've all glanced back at an old box of photographs, reliving our lives with every snapshot, wishing we could catch one last backwards glance. With every photograph, we learn a little more about the narrator...only to be surprised at story's end. I won't say more lest I spoil this piece but it's well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The ending is too obvious June 8, 2013
By Bob
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With short stories like this so much depends on a twist at the end making the story end in an unexpected way. Unfortunately for me the ending was very predictable however if you do not see the ending coming it is not a bad short story. It is well written and the tension does build but for me ultimately disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poor Mr Siscos love life to come up with this tale! September 27, 2012
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I love this authors writing style, short, snappy and mostly funny!

A tale of a lost love trying to regain interest.

9 photos are shared over coffee.... we never get to the 10th to show the true nature of what is going on.

Kept in suspense until the last sentence, very clever!

Not even close to the twist I was expecting!
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More About the Author

There are two personality traits I can recall possessing for just about as far back as my memory will serve. The first is a love of writing and the second is a malicious sense of humor.

Since childhood, I have been the person who roots for the bad guy in movies and laughs when Bambi's mom gets shot. I take interest in the flaws of a character more than the heroic characteristics, which have a tendency to bore me. I find humor in places I probably shouldn't.

I started writing short stories and screenplays shortly after I learned to construct a sentence and haven't stopped since. As a high school student I wrote and shot home movies in my spare time while performing stand up comedy weekly at a talent show. I also wrote short stories with titles like Teacher Slayers (for which I am still astounded that I was not expelled).

My writing is typically bleak and violent with a fun, satirical edge that should tickle the funny-bones of anyone who is as sick as I am.

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