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Glimpses Paperback – November 27, 2016
About the Author
Hugh W. Roberts was born in Wales and returned to his homeland in 2016. Having lived in various parts of the UK, he spent twenty-seven years living and working in London, a city he loves very much. He’s also lived in Chepstow, in south east Wales, Hartlepool, in the north east of England, and Brighton and Hove, on the south coast of the UK. Despite the fact that he has dyslexia, Hugh was thrilled when he passed both his English Language and English Literature exams at school. He has always enjoyed writing, especially short stories, and was only persuaded to start publishing his work when he was introduced to blogging in February 2014. This was the catalyst that propelled him to fulfil one of his lifetime ambitions of writing and publishing a book. Still a very keen blogger, Hugh has built up a large following on his blog made up of family, friends, authors, and people from all over the world. He writes about everyday life, publishes some of his photography, and has even dabbled in writing poetry (one of the writing elements he finds difficult to do). His blog can be found at www.hughsviewsandnews.com Now living between the town of Abergavenny and the city of Swansea, Hugh shares his life with his civil-partner, John, and their Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Toby. He spends his days writing, reading, walking, cycling and likes to relax in front of the television with a glass of red wine. He’s always been a morning person and does most of his writing during the day. Hugh has already begun writing short stories for his next book, which he hopes to publish towards the end of 2017. In the meantime, he would really appreciate it if you would consider leaving a review on Amazon for this, his first short story collection.
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Top Customer Reviews
There are twenty-eight stories in this collection that are sure to entertain everyone. I enjoyed them all but found one hard to read due to its gory descriptive nature. Horror fans will love it! The author has to be commended on his incredible imagination to create this wonderful collection. I look forward to his next book.
Some of the tales had me chuckling deviously bringing out a bit of the inner darkness. One in particular though, Needles had me cringing. I had to rush through it and don't think I could bring myself to read it again. Among my favourites are, Silent Night, Lipstick, (evil grin for the ladies) and I Believe In Father Christmas. (Even bigger evil grin for potential kiddies) There are others that stand out for me as well, but there's no point in listing just about every story in the book.
Well-written, well-constructed, cleverly devised... Ticks all the boxes!
Some of these stories are notable as Roberts had shared some of them on his blog, which initially captivated readers and had them wanting more. Some have become classics by Roberts, such as: The Truth App, about an Ipad of the future which has the power to kill off wrongdoers who dare to open the App, The Bridegroom murder mystery in 4 parts with its mind-boggling ending, The Rose Wish, which will have you thinking again to be careful what you wish for, and lessons in the tale of Father Christmas. Some character story favorites are also a delight, such as: Rusty and Richie, and the perils of Martha Dumplin. There are also some other fascinating stories to be read in this book. And no doubt with the imagination of this author, I'm sure we can be expecting more books to come.
Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy of this book as a gift.
If I had to choose my favorites I would say the Truth App which is a science fiction that revolves around a group of bloggers who become the victim of an app which threatens to wipe out humanity. I Believe in Father Christmas a supernatural tale of what happen when a little boy faces the consequence of telling his little sister there is no Father Christmas. Of course there were other that I also liked such as Lipstick and Ticket to 'Where'.
Truthfully I liked all of them they are well written and easy to read. I downloaded it and did not stop until I had finished. When I pick up a book and can not put it down until I have finished it is my idea of a good book.
Besides that issue, the stories take you away into different lives, from a ghost encounter, to complex marital issues (which seem to span a few stories, so interconnectivity adds to the interest) to the central and longest story "The Truth App.", a personal favourtie of mine, along with the wedding stories.
Glimpses is an apt title, for these stories are not just glimpses into the characters but also into the mind of the author. Despite the change of genres and locations, there seems an underlying warmth and poetic perception of the world, sometimes more worldly than at other times, but always reflective and thoughtful. I'm not a big fan of short stories and prefer to get into lengtier literature so I can really get into the characters. Glimpses achieved in many a short story an engagement and connection between me and the characters that novels didn't achieve.
Quite an achievement and a very enjoyable and touching selection.
The characters are well drawn, and hopefully not all from experience, as you get a very strong sense of evil from some of them. such as in The Easter Bunny and The Gingerbread House. There are also some very poignant moments in stories about people’s loss of dreams or their desire to recapture happiness such as in the first story Last Train to Aldwych.
Hugh Roberts clearly understands our human frailties and exploits them in a very entertaining way in his stories.. Humour plays its role in many of the stories even in those that explore our darkest thoughts and deeds! I thoroughly enjoyed my time glimpsing into the lives of the characters and the mind of the author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Being time poor, I found this an absolute delight to read as I could pick it up and put it down and take a glimpse into the lives of some...Read more