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To Read or Not to Read [Kindle Edition]

Vincent Hobbes
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Book Description

'To Read or Not to Read' is a short story by Vincent Hobbes. It was first published in 'The Endlands' (Jan. 2011)

Gunter von Strauss owns a small bookstore. He carries something for everyone’s taste.

He also carefully inspects each book, making sure they are safe to read.

Who knew that choosing the wrong book could carry such a consequence.


Product Details

  • File Size: 106 KB
  • Print Length: 16 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HW43F4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,608 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unlocking the door to another dimension September 9, 2011
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I'm confused by people who don't love to read, those people who go into a bookstore to 'kill time' and leave without purchasing something to read, even if it's only a magazine. In this story, a woman goes into a bookstore, seeking to kill several minutes there as she waits for her children to finish their noisy fun at the skating rink across the street, but this isn't any normal bookstore. Here, the reader really does get lost in a book, and the very important thing is always to be careful in your book selection. In this bookstore, you really need to know what you're getting yourself into.

This strange tale starts out pleasantly but ends rather unpleasantly, but in a good way. Although I felt the ending was easily seen, certainly not an unexpected twist, I still enjoyed the bloody horror of it and the dark humor in it. I also appreciated this metaphor of the reader becoming part of the story, getting lost in a book and going to those places only a good book and imagination can take you. Whether those places are light and fun or dark and scary, those make-believe places can seem very real.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To Read, Definitely September 12, 2011
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Birthday party at the roller rink or quaint little bookstore? The decision seems simple for Shelby McClain, even if she isn't actually interested in buying a book. But at this store, you can't buy the books. And the little old owner with the thick German accent tears out the pages that are "dangerous". What sort of place is this? Whether she wants to or not, Frau McClain is going to find out.

In TO READ OR NOT TO READ, author Vincent Hobbes has created a fast-paced short story with an unusual plot and a lovely sense of foreboding. The story isn't perfect - I thought the Hobbes could have gotten to the action sooner - but it is still a wonderfully strange, shivery way to spend a few minutes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual book store November 11, 2011
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Shelby McClain has about 40 minutes to wait for her daughter at a skating rink that is driving her crazy with the loud music. Since there is a little out-of-the-way bookshop across the street, Shelby takes advantage of her extra time and goes in to take a look around.

Herr Strauss is the proprieter of Strauss Books. Shelby isn't aware that this little shop owned by the odd little man isn't your everyday bookstore. She chooses a book, goes to the counter to pay for it, but he tells her that she cannot purchase the book. They aren't for sale. If the books aren't for sale, then what kind of bookshop is Strauss Books?

Vincent Hobbes has done a marvelous job with his short story TO READ OR NOT TO READ. The characters are quirky and the only one who isn't gets to hear an argument between two customers who debate over what the other one reads. Trashy filth or not trashy filth. It's a fun story but it's creepy. Great for when you have a few minutes to spare to read or not to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! September 1, 2012
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If you like the Twilight Zone, you will love this short story.

Shelby has 40 minutes to kill and she comes across an extraordinary bookstore where you don't buy a book but rent time to read it. I have to admit, I laughed at the ending, Herr Strauss forgot to "proofread" Shelby 's book which had devastating consequences. I wish such a bookstore actually existed.

Buy this short story, you wont be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Written well, very good story, entertaining September 15, 2011
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Only 514 locations, but well worth reading. This is a very creepy little story about a small, out-of-the-way bookstore (we readers all have been to at least one) with a special "back room." Mr. Hobbes does an excellent job of creating the perfect atmosphere for a shuddersome story. The message of this neat little offering is, "Be careful what you read!"

I definitely will read more of Mr. Hobbes work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned horror story January 2, 2012
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This story was great! I really felt like I was watching an episode of Twilight Zone, or Night Gallery. The story was wonderful, engaging, and very well written!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this magical yarn. December 2, 2012
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Another fantastic tale from Vincent Hobbes, who is fast becoming one of my favourite writers.

This was only a short tale but I found it totally magical. It was like a Hansel and Gretel story for book-lovers. I was swept along with Hobbes's narrative, immediately able to picture the quaint little bookstore, that we sadly don't see so many of nowadays. The quirky characters only made the story more surreal and added a touch of humour to what was to become a very dark ending.

I loved this story. I would be even happier if such a bookshop existed in my town. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To Read or Not To Read April 17, 2014
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This short story focuses on a very different type of bookstore -- one in which the customers buy time to read their favorite books, rather than buying the books themselves. The plot focuses on a new customer who first comes across the shop while waiting on her child to finish roller skating. She finds the elderly proprietor both charming and odd, but decides to give the store a try after another customer explains how things work. While some elements of the story are a bit predictable, the story is built well so as not to give away the entire ending until the last page. Overall a well-crafted story that's worth the time "To Read!"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better short stories I have read on Kindle
One of the better short stories I have read on Kindle. The idea and the premise is so original and unique. It makes me want to read it again, and again. Nice work.
Published 8 days ago by atothewr
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twilight Zone Book Store
Author Vincent Hobbes short read TO READ OR NOT TO READ will take you from the well-established book store into the twilight zone. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jacqueline M Piepenhagen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! I will look forward to reading more ...
Great read! I will look forward to reading more by Vincent Hobbes.
Published 21 days ago by Elizabeth Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Story!
Very Good short story!! Keeps your interest to the very end!
Published 1 month ago by Karan J. Veon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great short story. I would definitely recommend it!
Published 2 months ago by Chesslovenpyro
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book store ever
In this bookstore, you don't buy books or even get to take them home. Busy people buy time to read inside the store. Just don't get too caught up in the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Guy with Beard
5.0 out of 5 stars Would you read?
Gunter von Strauss owns a very special book store. It has timeless classics and new releases. However, you can't ever buy them, because they're not for sale. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reacher Creature
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it! Very suspenseful! Wish it was longer!
Published 3 months ago by Lori Cabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Really good short story. Great twist at the end. I will have to find more to read by this author.
Published 3 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.
Wow is about the only thing I can say to describe this book. I'm not usually into horror but this books description made it to where I just had to read it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. horton
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More About the Author

Vincent Hobbes was born in Dallas, Texas in 1975. He has been actively writing most his life. His love, his roots, is horror. His recent releases primarily consist of horror, though he knows no limit in genre. His 2012-2013 releases range from horror, dystopian, science-fiction and fantasy. He's been widely reviewed, his fans having compared him to the likes of such greats as Philip K. Dick and Stephen King.

Mr. Hobbes writes with elegant prose, has unique plot-lines and great character development. His work is mind-boggling, his characters life-like, his ideas fresh in a dull market.

To learn more, visit his website: http://www.vincenthobbes.com

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