- File Size: 340 KB
- Print Length: 63 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: David Wailing (November 25, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 25, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ADRUR3U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,595,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Fifth Season Kindle Edition
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First up we have Fifth Season, about what happens when a new fifth season suddenly arrives. It is told from the perspective of a young boy, Duncan and to me, as a mother of two boys, seems really realistic. I can certainly imagine a young boy looking on what is going on in the world in the way that Duncan does, and reacting just as he does. Highly realistic in a futuristic, David Wailing way.
The second story is Nineteen Seventy Stevew, set in the long hot summer of, yes, 1970something and is about a young boy called Steve. It is a story that will have you "oohing" and "aahing" with nostalgic memories of funny feet lollipops, Evel Knievel, and recording the Sunday night chart run down on your tape cassette player. You could almost be forgiven for thinking that the author is experimenting with a new genre, but then suddenly everything tilts in a wackier than an episode of Wacky Races way and you find yourself in the Twilight Zone. I have to say, I think this is my favourite of all his short stories and have read it twice already!
(bought on amazon.co.uk)
Both stories are told simply, from the viewpoint of a young boy. The technique is deceptively simple but what the author achieves is much much deeper, stark beauty seamlessly becoming sheer horror in the first story and something weirdly unsettling morphing into moving profundity in the second.
I enjoy Wailing's Auto books but, based on these, I'd love to read other work from him too.
Both these shorts are written using a child's voice, and really show off the author's skills in creating believable characters in very short order.
Fifth Season centres on the reactions of 9-year old Duncan and his family, when a fifth season rudely butts in between winter and autumn in the southern hemisphere.
Duncan's life, and that of his family and friends in Sydney is turned upside down with the emergence of this 'season' which creates havoc with the natural order. Though a 'short', it could easily have been adapted into a much longer novel.
I particularly liked David Wailing's grasp of the thought processes of a 9 year old (Weeeiiird!), and I was intrigued to learn that in Oz, the sun rises in the East and then travels NORTH before setting in the West - that kind of detail makes reading anything by David Wailing a real pleasure.
Nineteen Seventy Steve is a pure nostalgia trip for anyone old enough to remember what it was really like (I am).
Again written from a childs perspective, the story is seen from young Steve's point of view as he shares the joy of being young in the seventies.
As another reviewer has pointed out, this story could easily have been written by Stephen King - yes, it really is THAT good.
To top it off, at the end of the book there are a number of 'drabbles' - stories of exactly 100 words, all of which I found interesting and a good bonus!
5 stars (again!)
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David Wailing exercises his powerful imagination to bring us a short story that captures our own imagination in a way few writers can achieve.Read more