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I decided to rate every story as i read them and just mention the ones that stood out to me.
Almost a 1 star hotel 3★ Kind of felt bad for the guy, in an I'm laughing at your pain way.
After until death do us part 3★ This went in an unexpected way.
The park 3★
Hell mouth 4★ Had a great twist that I really didn't see coming.
Noise pollution 2★
Camp conifer 4★ I may never look at well behaved kids the same way.
Autumnal equinoox 2★ Was confused by the end of this one.
Family reunion 4★
Two degrees closer to hell 4★ Loved how this one turned out.
The storm 2★
Obsessed 4★ Very creepy.
In loving memory 3★
Freak accident 5★ Played on my fear of everytime I try to tow something.
The devil takes a vacation 4★ I found this one hilarious.
Tax exempt status 3★ I could actually see the IRS doing this.
Mourning a friend 4★
The frozen lake 3★
Cat scratch fever 4★
Pray to eddie winkle 5★ What a twisted kid.
The weatherman 3★
Night shift 5★ I kind of understand where the nurse is coming from.
Kind of like that Twilight Zone episode 5★ By far my favorite of them.
A cockroach tale 3★
25 stories average rating of 3.6★
Since these are short stories there's not really much I can say on them without giving away something. I suggest if you're fans of Adam and/or Evans Light you check this out.
I was sent a copy by the author in exchange for a honest review through Book Review Buzz. Thank you.
In the zone, watch for Serling…
Beyond the shadows, profile Hitchcock…
Want everything these giant’s gift and more…
Longing for William Sydney Porter’s, better known as O’Henry’s, versatility, characterization, and ironic twist of his greats like Gift of The Magi, etc. …
Desire classic taste with modern world flavoring…
The ability to bend the creative mind the way Copperfield spins magic…
Want the bond of imagination contained within a finely honed novel…
Need the freedom of a play date commitment in a time consuming world…
Two Degrees Closer to Hell, cutting-edge author David Fingerman’s latest book of short stories, is your holy grail. As you move through the tales, glints within the minds of Fingerman’s characters will stimulate your inner Freud.
From Fingerman’s Eddie Winkle, who caresses our Id before bending beyond the realm of our authenticity, to David’s showcase of a pet’s perspective of humanity as our reflection, Two Degrees Closer to Hell will jump start your imagination into a unique pleasure of reality, absurdity and the occasional shiver.
After three successful novels, Silent Kill, Spyder, and Playing the Hand She’s Dealt, David Fingerman returns to the short story format of his first publication, Edging Past Reality.
Two Degrees Closer to Hell celebrates the infinite talent of a long sought after artist, as David Fingerman rekindles a lost one-of-kind artistry which makes using our imagination a lifetime of achievements.
Anyone can write a book, rarity is the presence of a great storyteller…
David Fingerman is that presence.
Another element that unites the stories, in addition to their denouement, is the irony. But do not fall into the trap of believing that these stories would be funny or would contain some humorous situation. No, the humor is a dark one, thoroughly filtered, a subtle humor that is sprinkled carefully between the lines, just as needed to give flavor to the stories.
An interesting common aspect is how the author builds the action. Based on a framework or a trivial circumstance, a simple fact of everyday life, David Fingerman successfully develops, only in a few pages, a situation that didn’t ever cross your mind. Like a snowball running downhill, his stories accumulate in a very short time: high tension, unforeseen, bizarre, thrill and ... the list goes on.
The result that matters is the reaction you'll have at the end of each story. Albeit there are many stories, I guarantee you that your responses will be quite different and there will not be many stories that will awake in you the same feelings. This is exactly the beauty of this type of work: the Short Story. Without introductions, without detailed description and without great preparation, but only with what the author thinks is necessary to arouse in the reader a response. Response that can be expected or not even by the writer because each of us has a different baggage of knowledge or a higher or lower resistance to stimuli. What is important is the reader to resonate with the subject and its outcome. Beauty resides in diversity, isn’t it? It seems easy at first glance considering that everything is presented in a minimalist key, but it is wrong to have such an attitude regarding this type of works. For there are not many authors who have this ability, to condense the ideas into a creative space so limited, and we must recognize that David Fingerman abundantly possess this feature that, next to a concise and attractive style, is to the benefit of us, the readers. So don’t be reluctant and don’t consider the short stories as the poor relative of the novel. It doesn’t deserve this characterization and you will find a lot of such stories that will satisfy your reading pleasure more than many novels and in a much shorter time. So ... it’s a winning situation.
The characters from Two Degrees Closer to Hell are more or less insipid people, with no trace of the heroes of the kind that you find in action novels and movies. You will love some of them or you'll hate others, you'll sympathize with them or you’ll be revolted by them, but one thing is for sure: they will not leave you indifferent.
Given that one of the stories refers to a famous TV show, The Twilight Zone, I could end up with the opening narration of the series:
„You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.”
But ... because it seems that there is always a but, some stories in this volume could make you think not to The Twilight Zone but to another famous TV series: Tales From the Crypt. In other words, you will not have reason to be disappointed.
this is my honest opinion
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