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Worlds Apart [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Kelley
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Book Description

Some worlds just can’t be brought together. Or explained.

“Worlds Apart” contains four stories, all centered on divides that can’t entirely be bridged. Connections between the worlds exist, but separation both physical and metaphysical keeps permanent links from being formed.

“A World Apart” is the story of Lonnie and Laurie, a couple who discover that they alone possess the key to a mysterious domain. Enigmatic yet completely familiar at the same time, the world they can enter draws them together while continuously shaping their relationship and their lives.

“Chance Encounter” is about Wilford Middlewick and Jillsy Cavanaugh – how they meet, how their interactions unfold. Is their encounter a coincidence? Or have Lloyd and Farber, a pair of angels tending their earthly flock, guided them toward each other?

The tale of an entity hampered by circumstances, “Statue of Limitations” is Langston Frolley’s exploration of his ‘life.’ A statue by birth, he wants more than anything to be able to understand human emotion and to LIVE human emotion. Though he feels he already has a good deal of this within him already…

The centerpiece of the collection is the novella, “A Just Reward.” Kurt Smith has suffered a terrible loss, and as he struggles to recover, more and more events occur that make him question his sanity, as well as the authenticity of his life in general. The dichotomy of his world drives him further and further inside himself, until the truth is finally forced out of hiding.

“Worlds Apart” is a phenomenal, 25,000-word collection. Each story explores conundrums, examines the unexplainable while not attempting to over-explain it, and entertains magnificently as well. A fabulous read, allowing entry into a world of characters so real they could receive their own mail.


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  • File Size: 240 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BGSDR96
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful stories July 6, 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual collection of stories January 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good stories July 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this author to be both talented an creative. I really enjoyed the diversity of his stories an highly recommend this book . You will not be disappointed.
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Each of the first three stories in “Worlds Apart” involves supernatural happenings in some way. Author Daniel Kelley has interwoven these with quite ordinary situations in such a smooth way that the reader readily accepts the facts presented in the stories. Can you imagine sympathizing with a statue? You will, if you read “Statue of Limitations”!

The last story, “A Just Reward”, is entirely different. At first the reader is horrified to read of so many tragedies happening to one person – and then everything changes. Kurt, the seemingly innocent victim of all these events, is suddenly seen to be so evil that even Kurt himself can’t believe it. By the end of the story, the reader hardly knows what to think – except that the author has certainly stirred up a whole cauldron of issues that refuse to leave the reader’s mind!

This collection of stories has amazing variety and should not be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Collection of Unique Stories February 20, 2014
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Format:Kindle Edition
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting quality
These stories are so much more than I expected. They are varied with conundrums that are unusual and at the same time full of magic, beauty and a haunting quality about them. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sandra Padgett
2.0 out of 5 stars Four Short Stories
Worlds Apart by Daniel Kelley
Chapter One (no title)
Lonnie & Laurie confused are they 11 yrs old or 30 yrs old? Time stopping
When they’re together. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Annette McLarney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Stories!
I received this book for an honest review. I am not a great reader of short stories, but this author keeps pulling me into his books of short stories. Read more
Published 8 months ago by James Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars A World Apart
"A World Apart" is the best short story I have ever read. It takes you on twists and turns and it really catches you by surprise. The authors style of writing is easy to follow. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stephie
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Just Reward" to read!
The last story in this story is "Worlds Apart" from any story I have ever read. "A Just Reward" really gets you engaged. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Melly Mi
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

I began this book and thought I would just start it and then go to sleep. Read more
Published 13 months ago by m pollard
5.0 out of 5 stars An outside view
A collection of gripping novels of sorrow and longing which with simle allegories pulls you into sympathy for the main characters. Read more
Published 14 months ago by leif
5.0 out of 5 stars worlds apart
This a great book. love how the scenes go.Its about a couple just freshly made.Just learning about the world around them together.
Published 14 months ago by tonya gers
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Daniel Kelley is an author and a music arranger. His third novel, A Shiver of Wonder, will be published in October 2014. Nearly 625,000 books of his compositions and arrangements have been sold worldwide, and over 25,000 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 creates erotic 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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