- 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: #2,064,128 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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A great gift. Christmas is coming, if the extreme shop decorations are anything to go by.
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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!
The enigmatic subtitle of the Awesome Indies collection of short stories, Last Days, Lost Ways, hints at disjunction, reflection, scenes in which a variety of voices recount departures, frustrations, lost or decaying loves. In fact, as you read from story to story, the variation in styles and subjects, the movement from striking characters to bleak or funny situations, the range of emotions provoked – all combine to make this a rich experience.
The authors all know how to grab the reader and draw him/her very quickly into the specifics of their settings and the mysteries of the characters and their obsessions. The mood swings from anxious to loving, sinister to funny, despairing to whimsical, futuristic to domestic, romantic to dystopian. Some stories are firmly set in an apparently mundane everyday world, but one unpicked by a character’s reactions to its pressures and interpretations of its moments. Others move straight into the paranormal or historical. But all touch on aspects of life, fears, relationships which will have echoes in readers’ own experience.
The anthology exemplifies the flexibility and continuing relevance of a form which is nowadays enjoying an overdue revival.
The writing was good. It was the definition of ‘story’ which didn’t click with me in some cases. To me, and I suspect, to many readers, a short story is a complete tale. Some of these read as, or maybe even were, excerpts from some longer work and I didn’t like that. I wanted closure.
The stories I liked best were Pearls, Home late, The Creator, Recipe for a Dinner Party, Standin’ at the Crossroads, Waitin; for the Devil to Show and A Matter of Trust. I enjoyed these stories and the feeling of having savoured a complete experience with them.
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