- File Size: 316 KB
- Print Length: 114 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 15, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014S2BA4U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack Kindle Edition
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Boyack wanders all over the literary map with this small collection and readers will, I think, be delighted with the tales he has to tell. A young woman who has been abused by a bully sees him get his comeuppance from a very unusual source; an alchemist plots his revenge on the world in the ruins of his home and... well, suffice it to say that Boyack will hold your attention with this collection.
Some of the stories are very, very short while others stretch on for a few pages but no matter the length I found them all intriguing and extremely well written. His characters are interesting, the plots range from realistic to magical and his scene setting - particularly in the story titled "The 50-Gallon Drum" - is excellent. This is all the more remarkable because too often when writers attempt short stories they sacrifice one of those elements in order to keep their work, well for lack of a better word, short.
An excellent collection, the perfect read for anyone looking for something a little out of the ordinary, and a book I highly recommend.
Mr Boyack, my hat is off to you. You sir are more than an author, you are a storyteller, and your command of the high, nigh-lost art of the short story nearly brought tears to my old eyes.
This is a beautifully written collection of short stories. Stories; not fragments, not half finished thoughts or what passes for poetry; these are stories and they are terrific!
The shades of Asimov or Zelazny or Heinlein or any of the greats would be proud. In fact these tales remind me most of the late, great Ray Bradbury and his wonderful command of prose, scansion and the music of language. The dialog is top notch and each scene and character and setting are limned and fleshed in a few bright strokes. The reader is transported, and the only disappointment is that the story ends...and we beg for another.
My considered advice is simple.
Buy this book, Read this Book and you will Enjoy this book!
The creativeness of C.S. Boyack is apparent His stories have that familiarity that the reader would swear came out of the author living an experience. Of course, some of the plots and subject material make this assumption entirely impossible and thus the real talent of the artist is discovered. Boyack writes a story as if he lived it. The characters and plotlines are so simply yet so carefully designed that the author makes this kind of storytelling look easy. The reader finishes the Notebook knowing what looks easy and what turns out to be the types of stories written are at opposite poles of one another. The Creative Notebook is excellent writing, and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to enjoy a wonderful reading experience.
Right out of the gate, you're hit with a story that has a twist ending. This really set the tempo of the other stories, which kept me interested in the whole collection. Every story has something unique about it, which makes it really hard to do an overview of the collection. For example, 'The Soup Ladle of Destiny' is very humorous and rather lighthearted compared to some of the others. If I had to pick the one that really stuck with me it would be a tie between that and '50 Gallon Drum'. Since many of these are micro-fiction, I can't say much without spoilers and that would ruin all the fun since the author has knack for surprise endings.
I'd highly recommend this for anyone who wants to be entertained by several quick reads.
You can read these tales anywhere—on a commute, during a coffee break, or even when you’re hovering around the water cooler. Or you might do like I did, and indulge with one right after the other. Whether you choose to savor them individually or all at once, a healthy mix of enchantment, adventure, humor, and shivers awaits!
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