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Nine Lives by [Tyler, Terry]
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  • File Size: 286 KB
  • Print Length: 91 pages
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GQFDSI4
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By Darcia Helle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2013
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You know that saying, "I wish I could be a fly on the wall", which people say when they want to know how others behave in certain circumstances? In this collection of stories, Terry Tyler allows us to be that fly on the wall. These stories prove things are not always as they first appear. When we look a little closer at people and their lives, we're often surprised by what we see.

Tyler's talent for creating believable and likable characters has quickly made her one of my favorite authors.
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I finished reading Nine Lives last night. I've been reading these stories most evenings lately and I think I can honestly say I found every one of them neat and truly satisfying. I've only recently started reading short stories, but I love the genre now - if they are good - and Terry Tyler's Nine Lives are really good. It's hard to say which one I liked best, but I think probably Mia, because the ending was such a surprise (brilliant!) and I loved Happy Birthday as well (very fitting for the last life). But that's not to say I thought any less of the others. I didn't. Angel also had a great twist at the end, and I wanted to die in We All Fall Down. I was dreading what was going to happen. Terry Tyler is immensely skilled at bringing normal people to life. You feel as if you know them yourself, but maybe that's because we've all known people like them. Her characters are real, flawed and familiar, and these stories are also about very familiar situations but always with an unexpected twist. Extremely well-written and cleverly crafted, Nine Lives fulfil everything I expect (or hope for) in short stories. Even though I know the endings now, I am certain I'll come back to these again. Well done Ms T!
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NINE LIVES is an enjoyable short story collection delving into the lives of various characters who could indeed be described as having nine lives in terms of their resilience.

I liked all the stories, and the subtle comic elements of these gave a depth to the events depicted. The more serious stories, though, were also interesting, and the showcasing of the characters' psychological elements were very compelling.

I also liked the fact that each story had a sting in its tail, but this was not the raison d'etre for these, rather, reflecting a cogent culmination of events. Some of the stories would well do with expansion, as there was the impression that the respective themes could be explored in a longer format. Well done.
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I practically devoured this short story collection! One of the best I have ever read! Loved the writing style, loved the characters, loved the plot, loved everything and wanted to read more!
My favorite story was ''Don't Get Mad, Get Even''. Stroke of genius.
Highly recommend the book and hope Terry Tyler writes more short stories in the future!
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By J.C.D. on December 8, 2013
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She's done it again! Terry Tyler knows how to entertain the reader while presenting her story. In this case it is nine short stories. Each has a message carefully wrapped in delightful prose. And just when you think you know how a story will end, she pulls the rug out with another surprise. Great job!
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Some authors have that gift. When you read their work and sense the pages drawing to an end, you want to read slower. Put it off. Make it last longer.

Terry Tyler has it. In her short story collection, Nine Lives, she creates real characters and authentic situations that engage you and leave you wanting more.

Some authors have that gift. When you read their work and sense the pages drawing to an end, you want to read slower. Put it off. Make it last longer.

Terry Tyler has it. In her short story collection, Nine Lives, she creates real characters and authentic situations that engage you and leave you wanting more.

I haven't willingly read a short story collection since high school. I'm glad I gave it a go with this one. Short stories are a challenge for a writer because you have such a compressed timeline to connect with the reader through characters that deserve their consideration. You have to fill in the backstory in some way and draw the reader into the current conflict. You have to make them care.

Terry does it in nine scenarios that pluck at many of the reader's emotions.

This is a quick read and a wonderful introduction to her other works. She's writes in a contemporary style, never with pretense but always with heart.
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Feelgood easy reads that leave you smiling

In my opinion Terry Tyler is the queen of the feelgood easy read, where realistic characters walk, talk, and step right off the page into your head. She’s got a truly unique way of pulling you effortlessly into her stories, so that the characters feel like friends, and that is a pretty special gift to have. In these 9 stories you feel as if you make a few mates, get some surprises, and garner a little more insight into the lives of all kinds of essentially ordinary people, who have some fairly extraordinary secrets.
A married woman is tempted to infidelity, slimming leads to a surprise, there’s the ramifications of jealousy, disappointment in love, the list goes on. And not all of it is female based: there’s the gritty machinations in a sleazy snooker bar, plus a story all about an actor and an architect and a fairly sinister raven ( I loved the raven). I enjoyed one story in particular, when I’m sure I was supposed to disapprove of a slovenly feckless character, but found her quite endearing. You may not agree. You may not agree with lots of my ideas about all the different characters in these stories, but I promise you they’re all interesting people, many are likeable, and each story has a neat clever idea that leaves you with a little voice that says ‘I never expected that!’
That’s the whole point. You never do know quite what to expect with Ms Tyler’s inspirational stories, and that’s what makes them fun, and fresh. Whether you read these tales to while away a solitary work break or enjoy them on a ride into work on the bus, you’ll put away your kindle with a smile on your face. And not many writers can claim to do that.
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