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There is No Otherwise [Kindle Edition]

Ardin Lalui
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is the emotionally charged story of JP McGrath, a young cowboy who at sixteen finds himself working on the Tobin Ranch east of El Paso. JP has been forced to grow up fast, life has been hard, but his biggest test is yet to come. On a night out drinking with friends, a chain of events is set in motion as violent as it is unstoppable.
Already, JP has been hailed as having entered the ranks of the most interesting, sympathetic and poignant characters to populate the lonesome, literary West. This beautifully designed series of stories, of which this is the first, is fast becoming one of the most anticipated western collections of recent years.

"Haunting in its sorrow and filled with humor, this is a remarkable debut from one of the country's most exciting new writers." —Expo77

"This one is weighty and so laden with honesty that it will leave you aching for more." —Guerilla Book Worm

"There is No Otherwise, proves to be a seductive entry into a field of... stories about the Americana of the dry, desolate, has-been plains of Texas and New Mexico." —Grady Harp


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About the Author

Ardin Lalui was born in Ireland in 1981. He later lived in Eastern Europe, Africa, South America and Canada. He received a law degree from the University of Aberdeen but gave up the law to live a life of adventure. He has been writing since 2007 and published his first story on Amazon Kindle in 2012. His biggest influences are Cormac McCarthy and the lyrics of Tom Waits. Visit Ardin's website at http://ardinlalui.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1193 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Ardin Lalui (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZKT9LW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,363 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 Captivating story January 10, 2013
By Skyfox
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't usually read short stories as such (other than Stephen King collections) but I actually started reading this one and wanted to keep going. I found myself immersed in the tale and its characters, and I found the opening paragraph to be quite atmospheric, setting the mood for the story to come. One of the things I love about Stephen King is that his short stories always 'set the scene' which helps to keep my imagination well oiled - I found the same to be true of this story, which I thought flowed beautifully, making it easy to read in one go. Good story, solid writing, interesting plot, and very good development of characters and scenes.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Young Master of Western Ambience December 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Short stories make a tough calling card when entering the field of literature, but in the case of author Ardin Lalui this story, THERE IS NO OTHERWISE, proves to be a seductive entry into a field that has heavy competition - stories about the Americana of the dry, desolate, has-been plains of Texas and New Mexico. One the Kindle version the author gives a beautifully designed, artistic and atmospheric website where he establishes his credentials: `Ardin Lalui was born in Ireland in 1981. He later lived in Eastern Europe, Africa, South America and Canada. He received a law degree from the University of Aberdeen but gave up the law to live a life of adventure. He has been writing since 2007 and published his first story on Amazon Kindle in 2012. His biggest influences are Cormac McCarthy and the lyrics of Tom Waits.'

So this young lad from Irish descent has a vision of life in the dust of Texas farmlands - and that vision happens to be so well defined that in one short story he stands like a man with a very promising future. The quality of prose paints places and people so well that he can be compared very comfortably to writers such as his inspired guide Cormac McCarthy, and Colm Tóibín and Carson McCullers. In his author's statement he leaves a message for us all: ' Writing is still the most profound and direct method of storytelling we have. People say the novel is dying but I say the novel will die last of all. Writing is unique in its ability to connect two people and transmit a story from one mind to another. There is nothing else like that. Who would want to live in a world without books?'

His story involves three young lads who work on the Tobin Ranch east of El Paso (of note, the Tobins immigrated from Ireland!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Cormac McCarthy fans November 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really liked the gritty writing style and the believability of the characters. A compelling and well-written story, looking forward to the next!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for nothing, this pleasing short story... February 8, 2013
By Rick O
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not for nothing, this pleasing short story ( 44 pages ) reminded me of Jay and the Americans 1964 song 'Come a Little Bit Closer'. All the elements are there, but still the ending is somewhat different. My question to author Ardin Lalui is why did you stop the story on page 44? I was really getting into the content when it ended. Why? It's too bad, because the book seemed like it was ready to ignite. If you are not ready to write a full novel, try a 200 pager like Stephen King's 'The Mist'. Not every author can write a 54 page masterpiece like Washington Irving's 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow', or the 44 page classic 'Rip Van Winkle'. Your story displays pending talent and I look forward to your first novel. I also found the lack of quotation marks refreshing, while substituting them with dash marks somewhat original.

The story centers around three young men driving a pickup through Texas to the small town of Las Cruces, New Mexico. They all work at the Tobin Ranch as cowhands, but are treated as the sons of the Tobins. They are depressed about Mrs.Tobin's mortal illness and Mr. Tobin's subsequent hard drinking. They are looking for a good time! They pull into town and enter a drab bar named La Luna. On page sixteen, JP, the youngest of the three friends, looks around and says to himself "...it was about the kind of place where nothing good would ever happen to them..." This is where I stop, you will have to read this winsome short story for yourself to find out what happens next.

Mr. Lalui does flash the reader his budding talent, and I would like to see more extensive work from him in the future. Even though he only had 44 pages to work with, it's surprising how much empathy this reviewer had for the characters. There wasn't much time for the author to give the reader a warm feeling about anything, but somehow he succeeded. Kudos to this promising Irish author, who writes westerns!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Paced Story January 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Although I don't usually read this genre, I was drawn in from the first paragraph. Everything from the imagery, to the sense of place, to the pacing of the story is well done. I could feel the foreboding in the atmosphere, and cared about the characters and what happened to them. Highly recommend!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Short Story November 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the slow, easy pace of this short story, the way the characters were developed, the back story. It was uplifting, in that JP, at sixteen, does what he has to do and the reader knows what kind of man he will become. Not my usual genre either, but the author's voice came through in such a forthright manner that I look forward to more stories by this author.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book as a free promotion. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Short
This is not a book, but rather the 1st chapter of the makings of one. The first chapter held my interest though.
Published 1 month ago by Timothy M Young
3.0 out of 5 stars Really liked it but it just . . . Ended.
Good story but too short and ended too abruptly. Maybe I didn't download the whole thing? Gonna try another one by Lalui.
Published 7 months ago by Ghud
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read but should have been a novel. If this is one of those that you are supposed to buy every chapter separately, then I am disappointed.
Published 8 months ago by James D. Barnessenrab
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry
This is a ripoff. 36 pages of the middle of what might have been an interesting story. I won't be buying anything else by this author. Read more
Published 8 months ago by C.W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good short story.
Three young cowboys, out in the larger world, one for the first time, encounter some pretty girls and some nasty guys.
Published 10 months ago by W. A. Peterson
1.0 out of 5 stars So What?
When I got to the end of the story, I thought "so what"? I didn't find this story cohesive or interesting. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bea
4.0 out of 5 stars Good character development
Short story. Written to capture the personalities of the characters, as well as the background for this story -- and it succeeded in this. Held my interest to the end. Read more
Published 12 months ago by zzz
3.0 out of 5 stars Different
If you want to read a short piece that doesn't fit into any prescribed format, this is for you. I think I can say I enjoyed it, but I'm not positive. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jean Nienhuis "MaggieJ"
2.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but more for men, I think
Very masculine thinking--it seems. I do not recommend this for my friends. I think it it is an interesting study of characters. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Reviewer#1
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot said in few words
thats for sure. Young men in rough bars can sometimes expect trouble, and that's part of the reason they go there. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Twostory
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Ardin Lalui was born in Ireland in 1981. He later lived in Eastern Europe, Africa, South America and Canada. He received a law degree from the University of Aberdeen but gave up the law to live a life of adventure. He has been writing since 2007 and published his first story on Amazon Kindle in 2012. His biggest influences are Cormac McCarthy and the lyrics of Tom Waits.

Visit Ardin's website at http://ardinlalui.com

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