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Cage Life (Love in the Time of Literature Book 1) by [Cox, Karin]
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In the first story we meet a young University student living in Queensland in Australia. She is drifting through her life with uncertain goals and friends who may not be the best choice. Along the way she meets a man who while he doesn't sweep her off her feet, he at the very least, sweeps the kitchen. Unfortunately, her fairy tale life is beginning to crumble and eventually disaster strikes.A very well written and emotion provoking story that will leave a lasting impression.

[The second] is a twisted little story that will grip you with its heartbreaking view of neglect and stun you at the end. I loved this one so much I went back and read it again.

Ms. Cox not only knows how to communicate a story well, the writes with skill. Her characters are easy to identify with. The narration is good and very smooth.
"The evocative descriptions and the writer's style made me feel like I was standing in the two main characters' shoes throughout the tales." Chief Expectator

I have never been one for sentimental rubbish and even less of a fan for short stories. Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King changed my mind about short story collections and Karin Cox has revamped the whole genre for me! ... This short story collection is a tour de force which very few authors can ever hope to achieve however Ms. Cox has excelled in spades." Reading Addict

From the Author

Thank you for taking the time to read Cage Life. In this busy world, it is no small thing to find the time to immerse yourself in reading. I remain profoundly grateful that so many still love the worlds created by well-written books. Although Cage Life explores dark themes, I feel that both stories offer some absolution from grief and the hint at a brighter future at the end, once the blinkers of perception have been stripped away. I hope you find the same. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 153 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Indelible Ink Press (July 18, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DC6AHM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,412 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Michelle C on September 25, 2011
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This writer has a special gift. Creative and extremely well written, these stories are sure move you.

I'm not usually one who likes short stories, however the description of the first story caught my attention, and I felt like I could really relate to this chatacter, being a stay-at-home mother of five myself, I have felt this way as well. It is hard to review these stories without giving too much away, however I will say that what happened to this young family was very unexpected.

It was very late at night when I read the second story, trying to read myself to sleep. My heart was really going out to what I believed to be an abused and helpless, elderly man who is forced into a cuckolded situation by his selfish young girlfriend. When the story ended, I am embarrassed to admit that I was confused. The next morning I thought on this story abit more and the light finally when on in my head. I had to go back and read the story again from this "new" point of view and it all made sense.
Kudos to this author for creating a short story and twisting it in such an amazing way. I would love to read a full-lenth novel from her...what a genious!
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This book had two very unique stories in it. The first one was simply amazing… The character started with nothing.. Hanging out in a dope short stop close to college and ended up in elite life with all she could ever want desire or ask for. She felt caged… adored, loved provided for within her marriage and child … and yet the invisible bars were there. Her free spirit was a memory that she brought forth one afternoon. A long time visitor came… with a tragic story and together they went down memory lane and then… the sudden happening… so terrifying… unexpected and neither had the ability to undo it…or deal with it and I found myself turning page after page to find out… to get to the end… hoping it would all end up…
The second story was well written and the characters pulled at your mind and heart. The main character found life close to the end result and love in a younger woman who took him home to love and take care of.. until Simon… and the weaker Basil got… losing his ability to manage and control certain body functions…you find yourself inside Basil head and thoughts, you view his actions and want to urge him on to safety… the neglect, humiliation and abuse, caring and love keeps you wanting to control and change what is not real….it’s a book…only a book and yet you feel like you had actually walked beside Basil.
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"The fan clacked on every spin, a ruminant chewing up the air and spitting out a rarefied version. I could not sleep. I lay with my eyes closed, watching the paisley swirls of semi-consciousness paint my inner eyelids with vaguely forming dreams." Karin Cox, "Still Life"

This author is a surprise. It's not often that a modern writer, writing contemporary fiction, writes so beautifully. The stories are interesting and, perhaps more importantly, a joy to read. While I love a page-turner, created from nicely drawn characters in a well-crafted plot, truly the books that affect me most deeply and stick with me are more literary. Those books are evocative, eliciting my emotions, thought-provoking, and the writer creates an ambiance, a world of characters, time and place, that I can vicariously experience in the reading. This is the kind of book a person can read and later read again. Who doesn't love a writer with an extensive vocabulary and the intelligence to use it beautifully? If you love language and words, you will loll about in the lovely prose which comprises this book. Bear in mind this is an adult modern writer and the world and lives she writes of are just that... adult and modern. This book is not for prudish Souls. Expect sex, drugs, rocking and rolling, and, possibly, rock and roll, along with life, love and loss, in this prose collection. You will be moved--sometimes it will be terrible and at other times it will be wonderful. I heartily recommend this book. I almost love it. Happy reading~*
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The common theme uniting the two short stories by Australian writer Karin Cox in this kindle e-book is a caged in, trapped feeling.

The first short story ("Cage Life") features a mis-matched couple, a free spirit wife and her straitlaced husband. She feels trapped in her marriage, living in a soul-less house and raising a toddler. They met in college in a drug-filled flophouse (there is way too much description of this part of the story for me) and she is afraid that she and her husband have moved too far apart, that the marriage was based on a temporary willingness to meet each other halfway. But, something heartbreaking happens (that I cannot disclose but it strikes you right in the heart) and it changes everything. I rate this story 3 stars out of 5.

The second short story (The Usurper) is one of those stories that mislead the whole time until you get to the very end and they you have one of those delightful "Ah-Ha!" moments and you realize what the story is really about. I rate this story 5 stars out of 5.

So, two stories. One rates 3 stars, one rates 5 stars. That makes a 4 star average.
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