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Impossibilia Paperback – January 29, 2014
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"Complex and powerfully emotional stories couched in deft and smooth prose. ... [Smith deserves] to be known to by a very wide audience indeed." --Dead Reckonings Review Magazine
"The writing is superb. Douglas Smith is an artisan, and his stories beautifully crafted. ... In my search for the perfect short story, the three in this volume certainly qualify." --SF Crowsnest Reviews
"Three amazing stories that are so unusual and beautiful that no other name than Impossibilia could possibly describe this collection." --Mass Movement Magazine
"A book that ably demonstrates what Smith is capable of as a writer, added to which, anyone who references Springsteen songs in their titles is going to get the thumbs up from me." --Black Static Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
We all have things we hide away inside--secrets, fears, aspects of ourselves we keep locked away. Or try to.
In that respect, the characters we meet in Douglas Smith's Impossibilia are like any of us. They have things inside them too. Only their things are a little... different.
A dead wife that won't leave. A wolf. The secret to being the luckiest man alive.
In 'Bouquet of Flowers in Vase, by van Gogh', remote viewing drives a search through the past for lost masterpieces. An ex-CIA agent, haunted by the presence of his dead wife, falls in love with a beautiful remote viewer with her own secret. But can viewing the past change the present?
Cree Indian legends, a love triangle, a covert government agency, and shape shifters collide in the award-winning 'Spirit Dance', described in Challenging Destiny as "...a vivid and wonderfully written tale about Native Canadian spirits, in the vein of Thomas King."
In 'Going Down to Lucky Town', an itinerant gambler chases a streak of luck across the country, while trying to win back the love of his daughter. The secret he finds forces him into an ultimate gamble for the highest stakes of all: his daughter's life.
And through all the stories, these characters share one more thing beyond what they hold inside. In the decisions they face, in the choices they make, they do what they do out of love. Lost love, found love, the love of a child. But love.
So maybe they aren't that different from us after all... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The stories in Impossibilia gave me a wonderful return on my investment.
Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by Van Gogh is a unique time travel story. If I was given one word to describe the story, I'd use Passion. Love, death, loss, and rebirth, the highs and lows of human life flow throughout these pages. All set against the backdrop of the vibrant, mesmerizing, and compelling paintings of Van Gogh.
Spirit Dance is our very first introduction to the Heroka--not your everyday full-moon, bloodthirsty shapeshifters. As ancient Indian legends tell, these shifters are quite happy to live and let live. Just don't provoke them, you will not like what happens.
Going Down to Lucky Town tells us the story of a con-man with an unusual gift. Pursuing a streak of luck around Ontario, he discovers that one of the loves of his life has died, leaving his other love in the not-so-tender hands of the System. He tries to use his 'gift' to protect his daughter, but his past refuses to leave him alone. Will he win or lose?
This collection concludes with the opening chapter of Wolf at the End of the World--Doug's first novel about the Heroka. I'm waiting, not so patiently, for the next one.
Gambling your time and money on these stories will return so much more than you invested.