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(Almost) Average Anthology: tales of adventure, loss, and oddity Paperback – March 8, 2017
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About the Author
Jason Nugent was born in Cleveland, OH in 1974. He moved to rural Southern Illinois in 1992 and lives there today with his wife, son, and mini-zoo of three cats and two dogs. A lifelong Cleveland sports fan, football season can be a desolate time for Jason as he cheers for the Cleveland Browns. Fortunately the other pro teams have stepped up their game as the Cavaliers brought home a championship to the city and the Indians look poised to make some noise. Writer of dark fiction, fantasy, and scifi, Jason has four unreleased novels to his credit. Author of over two dozen flash fiction stories he's busy creating new worlds and sharing his work with others.
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Once he has the reader’s attention, Nugent carries them from scene to scene, ranging from bleak to grim, to macabre. Each story delivers a thought-provoking punch or a clever twist that takes the reader by surprise.
I chose to enjoy these short stories individually rather than one after another in close succession, but as a collection they display the range and power of Nugent’s dark imagination and his ability to deliver each story with a profound effect.
This collection of strange short stories is very well written. The author, a new author on the market, has a wonderful ability to grasp your attention quickly and keep you reading even when you’re way too tired to keep reading. There are some truly amazing gems in this collection. Although I didn’t ‘love’ every story, I appreciated the few (very few) that didn’t make me say WOW! This is an author to watch. He has great ability. I highly recommend this collection of stories; especially Dreamwraith. That was my favorite.
4.5 of 5 (which rounds to 5)
I'll admit, flash fiction isn't always for me. Sometimes, it feels like just dipping your toe in the pool when you want to dive in headlong. But Jason Nugent's collection hits the spot in its genre. By turns a little bit fantasy, a little bit horror, a little bit thoughtful reflection, a little bit science fiction, you get the sense of a bigger world beyond each of the stories here.
Some hit the mark more than others - as you'd expect with a collection of so many different stories - and tales such as the darkly, ruefully wry Vacation or the tantalising beginning of Aimee's Quest stand out in particular. Dreamwraith could be a Twilight Zone episode on its own, while The Long Sleep winds the collection up leaving you asking the question "What next?"
Not all of the stories quite worked for me - and while the opening story might be poetic in nature enough to make me think of something like Ted Hughes' The Thought Fox, it's perhaps a little slight as a starter for the collection. The third story, Beneath The Clouds, was where I felt it started to make its mark.
In the end, the anthology leaves me wanting more... so I'll be looking out for just that with future releases from the author!