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Of Trains and Other Things [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Howe
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An anthology of ten short stories by Jeff Howe. Starts with the Subway Series trilogy, which includes the Amazon short, The Train. Other story titles include The Concourse, The Tracks, A Brave New World, The Six O'Clock News, The Box, Uncle Leo's Nose, Waiting for Sherrie, A Forest in Forever and Overheard at the Game.

This is a compendium of amazing stories that leaves you thoroughly entertained and thoroughly out of breath. The emotions conjured by the various component parts of this book run the gamut, from true love to spine-tngling terror...but all of them will hold your interest and leave you in awe of the mind of Jeff Howe's creative genius.


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About the Author

I, like most everyone else, was born to a woman. As luck would have it, she turned out to be my mother. A lifelong relationship has resulted from this strange event which neither of us discuss very much.

I was born in Maine. Some would say that makes me a Mainiac, with or without an "e." I say it makes me a native American, but there are some in this world that would disagree with the logic of that.

There are some in this world that defy ALL logic.

By dint of not making career plans early on in life, I have ended up in advertising, which is like the New Jersey of careers. I spend my spare time (an oxymoron?) trying to scribble a few thoughts here and there with the hopes that they will form books eventually. Cheers!

Product Details

  • File Size: 209 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1438242735
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (August 13, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001U891N8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I appreciated the way Jeff Howe described how he came to, worked through, and finished each of his stories in this collection. That preface detail gives clues on how he was able to develop MOODs in each story which are highly unique, dramatically different, and intensely engrossing... though one would think that such PRESENCE of mood would have to have been created by a pure Right Brain, totally intuitive [no concept or plan] method, rather than one with such a gorgeously dedicated Left Brain contribution.

With this resulting quality of emotional aura PRESENCE, each of these works is chillingly mesmerizing and stays with you... lingers in your space, yet not in a depressing way, even though deep and sometimes depressing issues are explored. Howe adds a word or view here and there which gives a precisely effective, minimal emotional uplift, just the right amount to temper the essence of chill of his Twilight Zone types of moods, which he does more subtly and brilliantly than even that highly successful (deservedly, IMO) old TV offering. I could quote every word in this book as polished, shining examples of literary excellence.

Continuing to detail comments set above:

As noted, I admired the way Howe organized his presentation; and his formatting for KINDLE is exquisite, clean and balanced. Jeff's blurb "On Writing" (as per Stephen King's book's title) read like a succinct synopsis of what King said in his book, yet Jeff added his unique style and wisdom. Though I realize that all readers won't have this taste preference, I enjoy reading about an author's behind the scenes of his writing process; and it was effective and appealing to have that done so crisply, as is accomplished in the introduction to "Of Trains and Other Things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FROM THE MIND OF JEFF HOWE.... August 25, 2008
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One of the more delightful honors that now and then come my way is the invitation from one of my writer friends to read a new manuscript they are preparing for publication.

Author Jeff Howe gave me the opportunity over the last year to read three of the stories included in his newly released book Of Trains and Other Things . All of them were brilliant...all of them were different in the ways they got under my skin...but all of them were so obviously from the unique mind and creative genius of Maine's contribution to the world of fine literature, Jeff Howe.

If you read Jeff's Amazon Short The Train , you'll know what I mean about "unique". Jeff has a way of holding your interest as he leads you through sunny uplands and dark labyrinths...only to slam you with a brilliant ending that leaves you thinking for days... and days.

Well now Jeff has put together a compendium of amazing stories that leave you thoroughly entertained and thoroughly out of breath. The emotions conjured by the various component parts of his latest book run the gamut, from true love to spine-tngling terror...but all of them will hold your interest and leave you in awe of the mind of this creative genius, whose talent runs amok in several of the "fine arts", not the least of which is writing.

Autumn is fast approaching with its longer nights calling out for an exceptional good book or two to fill the hours with the kind of engaging excitement that can only come from thought-provoking stories that trigger the emotions and challenge the gray matter.

Jeff's stories...the stories included in OF TRAINS AND OTHER THINGS...do all of that, and bring on the spinal chills besides!

A five star classic for vivid imagination and graphic description!

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Maine born and bred, college educated, Army trained, career bored - it all contributes to the complexities behind the desire to write.

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