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- File Size : 157 KB
- Publication Date : November 7, 2011
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 44 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B0064RRKME
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,732 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I Killed The Man That Wasn’t There—interesting premise, but the slow tease fell a bit flat. Mostly I didn’t get a feel of why the physicist was so angry at his friend. The reasons were provided, sure, but it didn’t seem to justify decades of methodical sabotage.
I Never Meant to Hurt You—tons of speculative fiction in there, which I love. However, the initial motives and reactions seemed a little over-the-top. Don’t think real people would behave that way.
Conjunction—the best one in the bunch, I think. While not as profound as the first two, it nonetheless seemed the most realistic and hence the most heart-stopping.
Cursed Ship—for some reason this story didn’t seem to fit in with the emotional resonance or horror of the other three stories. It seemed to be a very short, tacked-on story as a practical joke.
For a mixed bag, I award this three stars, and I can see the ideas being fleshed out to make these stories truly inspiring.
The book consisted of four short stories, started with “I Killed the Man that Wasn’t There”, and each turned out to be a very quick read…but most of all each had surprising twists that I wasn’t expecting, and it was those twists that made them entertaining.
I was most struck by Mr. Nelson’s ability to come up with off the wall subject matter, and his ability to throw in ideas I would never have thought of. If you’re looking for a quick and quirky read that really isn’t that horrifying (thank dog), this is the the book for you.
Top reviews from other countries
To be honest, for anyone who has read this author's longer works, such a collection of diverse, conceptually challenging and vibrant short stories should not come as a surprise. Darrell Nelson's head must be a very interesting place to inhabit and I'm sure boredom isn't one of the issues he ever has to face.
Each of the four short stories in this collection has something to recommend it and as many twists as a mountain road. The author uses the freedom offered by speculative fiction to play with ideas and the result is a really great little collection.
You should read it!