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Worlds Apart Kindle Edition

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Length: 81 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Product Details

  • File Size: 294 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Publication Date: February 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BGSDR96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,361 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daniel Kelley is an author and a music arranger. His novel, Jack and Tilly, the sequel to his short story A Dance with Tilly, was published in November 2015. Nearly 675,000 books of Daniel's compositions and arrangements have sold worldwide, and over 30,000 of his e-books have captivated readers. With lyricist JoEllen Doering, he also composed the music to the classic holiday song, "It's Christmas Time Again".

Daniel mosaics, bakes constantly, annoys practically everyone with puns, is a massive EDM fan, and loves playing games of almost any kind, though Hearts is his current fave. He and his wife Cynthia have three children and too many fish. Adair, Darcy and Adele are the names of the children.

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Format: Kindle Edition
This is a beautifully written book! You know you have a great read when you are on the last page (without realizing it) and you get mad at your e-reader because you cannot turn the pages any more. This is easily 4 1/2 stars and will appeal to almost everyone. I think the best thing about this compilation is that the stories are so varied. The last short story was so haunting and scary to me while the first was just so beautiful and magical.

I cannot say too much without giving up the plots of each of these stories, but I was honestly surprised that these were all written by the same author. He has such an imagination and a way of weaving these stories with succinct detail. I didn't think it was possible to be enraptured by characters that only have twenty pages of "get-to-know-me" time, but it certainly is! You will not regret reading this book. My only regret is that there weren't thirty more stories!

I received this book in a LibraryThing members giveaway in return for an honest review. I was not compensated monetarily for penning the above review and all opinions are my own.
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As usual I received this book free for the purposes of review. Despite that kind consideration I give my candid opinions below.

This collection of four short stories amounts to a couple hours of reading; keep this in mind if considering paying full price for it. I'd categorize the stories as tales of the everyday but always with some wry twist, somewhat reminiscent of the Twilight Zone.

On the positive side, these are quick and efficient tales; the author doesn't waste much time getting to the heart of things. Depending on your point of view that efficiency can be viewed as a good thing or a bad thing. These are real quick jabs of stories, nothing long, drawn out or overly complicated. I'd not be surprised to see them in some of the pulps of the 50s and 60s. Kelley's stories are also reasonably original and thought provoking.

To the negative side, Kelly's surprise twists seem to be somewhat forced and lack subtlety. They don't quite live up to the polished refinement of the masters of this genre, but then not everyone can be a Bradbury or an Asimov right out of the gate. Further, two of the four stories just seem unfinished. In Twilight Zone terms it's like turning off the TV three minutes before the real ending and things end with a rather muted "huh..." rather than the usual "oh!"

In summary, these stories have potential but they just don't seem quite fully cooked yet. They're the kernel of good ideas but just need a bit more hammering out and detail. Also, for the current asking price I'd expect much more content. This book really flies by.
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I received this book in exchange for a review. I registered for a few books at the time and didn't really pay attention to the descriptions. Maybe I should have!!
I enjoyed the writing style of A World Apart and chuckled to myself as I was reading it. I was a bit confused when time stood still, but took it for what it was and enjoyed the story. I would have liked for it to be extended into a novel because it all got a bit rushed towards the end and I would have been interested in what Lonnie and Laurie did in these extended times (think Narnia).
Chance Encounter was OK. Not badly written.
I thought Statue of Limitations was entertaining if a bit frustrating because , obviously, the statue can't move.
I gave up on A Just Reward. I don't like sad books, so when the third person died I started skip reading and then only read the odd line on each page to get the gist of the story. I think the latter section might have been interesting but I had given up by then.
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Though anything but ordinary, these stories are short but very interesting and capture the reader’s attention from the very start. Each story concerns an individual, couple or family told from a different angle. The collection is not quite a paranormal collection, but all the stories concern something other than earthly in them. The author, whose writings I have read a lot, has a great, concise writing style, so he wastes no words or side plots in his writings. In this collection, I felt as if I knew each of the people involved, except for the one story about Kurt Smith that was so far from my realm of experience that I could not find anything to relate to. In one story, a couple, who never seem to hit it off with members of the opposite sex, find a unique relationship where time is only there for them alone. Another story concerns a statue who the author has personified, to give us some expected but still unusual thoughts about the world around. In the one story that I found most difficult to relate to, an elderly man finally comes face-to-face with a history he has been avoiding for years. The collection moves along nicely. The writing, as I said, is quite good. The plots of the stories are not that unusual but have unusual twists. The characters are done well. I think anyone looking for something to read quickly that is not the usual run-of-the-mill would find this collection of stories fascinating and well worth the effort. I received this from Library Thing to read and review.
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