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The Edge of the Map Paperback – May 7, 2011

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Jax Goss is a wandering South African who seems to have settled in New Zealand. She lives in Dunedin, for the moment. She is currently employed full time as the mother of a very small human, and writes on the side. She expects this situation to stay the same for a while, but she has long ago learnt that nothing ever goes the way she expects.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461072018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461072010
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,791,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent collection of very short stories. The stories are mostly slice-o-life stories. For some reason, I assumed they'd mostly be fantasy oriented, but I was wrong. This wasn't at all a disappointment, and there wasn't a mediocre story in the lot. They made me laugh, they brought tears to my eyes, they got me thinking.

The characters felt like they were the author's friends, that she had heard these stories from the friends while sitting around a fire. Many of them are people I'd like to meet myself.

I mentioned the stories are very short. Most are two pages, with a few three or four pages. In terms of length, the stories are both absolutely right and completely wrong. Each one is just the right length and needs nothing further. However, I wanted each one to keep going for many more pages.

Given the length of the stories, I probably could have read this in two or three days, and that's what I initially intended to do. After the first pair I read, I decided to stop there for the day. These were fudge truffle delicacies I wanted to savor, not M&Ms to gorge on.

I'd be hard-pressed to name a favorite, or even two. Ask me again in an hour, and my answer will probably change. Right this moment, though, I'll give you three: "Smile", "Key", and "Numbers".

Excellent first book, and I'm looking forward to more stories. The map always needs extending and the edges pushed further back, no?
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Format: Paperback
Jax has summed up the human need for "fantasy" in her writings.

Day to day, us human beings seem to think in a "one dimensional" sphere.

Jax's writings push the reader into an unlimited realm of spheres to orchestrate fantasy into their meagre existances, therefore encouraging their human psyches to DEVELOP, EXPAND, THINK OUTSIDE THE SQUARE !!
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