Your Memberships & Subscriptions
Miao Dao (Dark Corners collection) Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
|Length: 66 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. Add the Audible book for a reduced price of $0.00 when you buy the Kindle book.
|Book 4 of 7 in Dark Corners|
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Joyce Carol Oates is the recipient of many honors, including the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the President’s Medal for the Humanities, and the National Book Award. Oates has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
- File Size : 1992 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Amazon Original Stories (September 27, 2018)
- Publication Date : September 27, 2018
- Print Length : 66 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B07GB1GCC7
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,260 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
BLUSH FACTOR: Profanities, including the f-word, are sprinkled here and there. There aren't a lot, so, unless you're sensitive to such things as the f-word, you likely will not be bothered so much that you choose to take a pass.
EDITING, WRITING, SPELLING & GRAMMAR: This short story, really a novella, is professionally edited. No worries here.
The length of this story is such that I am able to post a short sample for your consideration.
'...knives. (Had Momma? If so, Momma wouldn’t have failed to return the knife to its proper place on the magnetized rod.) Mia did not like to look at the dazzling knives, the razor sharpness seemed to hurt her eyes. But there was comfort in the beautifully carved ebony handles. All that Mia had dared, with no one to witness, was to close her hand around one of the knife handles without removing it from the magnetic rod. A strange sensation!—the carved ebony felt warm, as if another person had just been holding it. When Mia’s father had returned for the rest of his possessions he was furious to discover one of the expensive knives missing. He’d accused Mia’s mother of misplacing it, and Mia’s mother had protested saying that he’d probably misplaced it himself. So Mia’s father had gone away, for the last time, in a mood of bitterness and animosity. When Mia had returned from school that day last year this was the first thing she’d noticed—the glittering Japanese knives gone from the kitchen, where they’d hung now a terrible emptiness. It was Mia’s secret from her mother too—visiting the feral cat colony. For Momma would not have approved. Often now, Momma was in an irritable mood. On the phone, sobbing. Or, suddenly angry, slamming the receiver onto the hook. Scolding Mia’s brothers who bickered, left their toys underfoot, turned the TV up too high. Glaring at Mia, who...'
Oates, Joyce Carol. Miao Dao (Dark Corners collection) (Kindle Locations 99-110). Kindle Edition.
The language makes this less than ideal for the Young Adult audience, but the predictability makes it less than ideal for the Adult readers within our population. I hope this analysis makes sense. Put another way, the story just is not fresh enough for us older folks to fully enjoy. Mind you, it is good, and the Audible edition is a fine listen, but....
Four stars out of five.
I am striving to produce reviews that help you find books that you want, or avoid books that you wish to avoid. With your help, my improvement will help you and me improve book reviews on Amazon. Together, you and I can build a great customer review process that helps everybody. Will you join me? It is people such as you who have helped me improve over the years. I'm still learning, and I have a great deal yet to learn. With your help, I'll improve every day.
One request: Be respectful and courteous in your comments and emails to me. I will do likewise with you.
Thank you so much for indicating if this review helped you, or for your comment.
Especially when the book is pretty predictable like this one is....doesn’t mean it isn’t a well written enjoyable read but it’s pretty common fare in this genre.
Also, the choppy stream of consciousness style at times makes it feel like the author was trying to cram a long novel into a collection of short stories so she resorted to just cutting out parts of sentences and replacing it with random descriptions and blurbs.
The ending got me sonthat was fun. I just have been more into than I realized.
Isolated ar school, abandoned by her dydfunctional dad, whom she misses, and now dealing with a mom suddenly dating again, Mia finds a needed relationship with a feral kitten that she adopts. That's when things start going wrong, especially when her mom finds a serious romantic interest in and older man, who spends increasingly more time at her home. Yuck!
Because this is longer work, the author develops Mia's character more intensely, especially with Mia's growing obsession with wild cats.
More believable that the first three installments, this fourth work added more substance with fewer traumatic events, making the storytelling and slower plotline more interesting, thoughtful, and engaging.
As the suspense builds in the last half, this short read becomes impossible to put down, as the author's string writing creates tensions that propel the story forward to a strange yet satisfying ending.
My 4.5 star rating indicates the strength and depth of my reading experience and the importance of the complex and troubling storyline. The Audible narration added depth and character to my reading enjoyment.
I want to read more by this author, while also more enthusiastic about finishing this unusual and provocative series.
Totally absorbing and all too real.