- File Size: 483 KB
- Print Length: 238 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: AIA Publishing (October 25, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OWP5PYU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,825,561 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the mundane to the downright weird, Awesome Allshorts showcases the talents of twenty one authors from various parts of the world in this collection of flash and short fiction. There's something here for everyone.
These stories make the mundanity of day-to-day activities entrancing, or tell tales of other times and places. The first story is an excerpt from Thalia Newland's metaphysical fiction novel, just to get the reader in the mood. From there, we read about Blind Howard's daily sojourn on the bus, the mysterious old guy in Lewis's office who's name nobody knows, the Aussie bloke who moved house because his wife won the lottery, the heartwrenching story of the fall of Tibet, the day Nana met Smilin Mike the wrestler, Joan Kerr's portrayal of the harshness of life in country Australia, the point of view of a zombie, a man trying to save his marriage, a woman trying to get out of hers, the story of a wet nurse in old world Ireland, the menu list for a particularly unhappy dinner party, and a man convinced he's borrowing somebody else's life. AND THAT'S NOT EVEN ALL!
The stories in this anthology are not only well selected, they are also well ordered. Obviously, every reader's interests are different, and every reader will have favourite genres, or stories that suit their tastes better than others. While there were some stories in the collaboration which didn't really grab me, they were far and few between, and I mean that literally: there weren't two stories next to each other that both underwhelmed me. Which meant I knew if there was something I wasn't keen on, the next one was sure to be different. I think that's a very important feature in a short story anthology.
The styles of each author were distinct, which was great. There was nothing too same-y in the writing. I'm a sucker for a sense of place or something mundane written differently, so I loved the Australian stories, the dinner party story (by a Kiwi author), and also the wrestling. Each of these stood out for me, as I'm sure something different will stand out for every reader. I thoroughly recommend this collection, showcasing the high standards of some of the great independent authors featured on the awesome indies website.
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There are bios for each of the authors listed at the back of the book, pick a favourite and buy one of their other books! Joan Kerr, one of the minds behind the hilarious Gert Loveday, is featured a couple of times, and I'm looking forward to getting into some other authors I've just discovered too!
As I read each story I was amazed at the breadth of styles, settings and subjects. They ranged from recipes to harmonicas, old Tibet to a near future. Each showed something of the loves, frustrations and sometimes amusing elements that make up a life.
Unusually for me (and for an anthology) there wasn’t a single story I felt shouldn’t be there, each added to a great reading experience. In saying that, there were several standouts which I have to mention: The Cost of Hope, Lamplighters, Recipe for a Dinner Party and Clearing the Shed.
I will certainly be looking at the authors of these short stories and buying their longer fiction.
I've read a few short story anthologies, and this one is definitely the most interesting. The collection is richly diverse in terms of subject matter, national origin and setting, narrative tone, length, and literary style. As I read, I found myself jumping from fantasy to vignette to full plots inspired by true events, and the transition somehow is fluid and seamless rather than jarring or distracting. Awesome Indies has managed to build an enjoyable whole out of various and disparate components!
Among my favorites in the lineup were 'Clearing the Shed', 'Quarantine', 'I, Zombie', 'Chasing Dreams in the Time Left Over', 'Traffic', 'Standin' at the Crossroads, Waitin' for the Devil to Show', 'Home Late', 'A Matter of Trust', 'Pearls', and what is likely the stylistic jewel of this collection, 'Recipe for a Dinner Party'.
This anthology asked me interesting questions, presented me with some of my greatest fears in life, introduced me to new ideas not common in conventionally published shorts, and fed an interest in diverse snippets of literature that I didn't even know I had.
To sum it up best, I'll paraphrase one of the author's descriptions regarding the virtues of the short stories collected in this anthology: The short form gives authors the opportunity to write in ways that couldn't be sustained for an entire novel.
I recommend reading these shorts--open yourself up to unique experiences from authors all around the world who love writing so much that they publish themselves!
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Rather than being a collection of short stories, it read more like a collection of excerpts, which annoyed me a little.Read more