No Way Out - And Other Scary Short Stories Kindle Edition
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"I think the book is quite creepy. I loved all of the stories. If I had to pick a favorite, I would pick the third one. I still love them all." 5-Stars --Ella, iBook Review
"This book was totally AWESOME!!! The best part was the last story, about the hobgoblin. It was scary, but cool or gross, something like that." 5-Stars --A Kids Review
"It was a really good book, not too scary. It has a lot of supporting details." 5-Stars --The Girl from Brewster
About the Author
- ASIN : B00513D9HW
- Publication date : May 15, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 1264 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 93 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,011,240 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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No Way Out ***** Two boys challenge each other to explore a deserted house. The scary atmosphere is enhanced by the time of year, Halloween. Chris went first and fell into a room or container he could not escape from. Mike searched and found Chris but fell into the same trap. After a week, the boys had no food or water left. There were no prospects of rescue. Who said black cats were unlucky?
The Price of Friendship ***** This is the best story of the collection because of its premise. Joey and Nick loved baseball cards. They met a street vendor who had cards the boys desired greatly. The man would sell them the cards but not for money. The vendor would only trade for a few hours of memories the boys considered unimportant. The author did a good job of explaining the possible consequences of the trades.
Hobgoblin Horror ***** Jake and Alex meet Mr. Fitch in a senior citizen home as part of a community action program to cheer senior citizens while giving young people an appreciation of the contributions made by the life experiences of their elders. During one visit, Mr. Fitch tells them of the hobgoblins. If one is seen, the hobgoblin will pursue those who have seen “it” forever. The hobgoblin thinks it is a game to lure people into a trap where they will see the hobgoblin; the tiny monster will then kill the observer. Mr. Fitch has seen a hobgoblin in his youth, has survived, but is still on the outlook for an ambush. Now it is the boys’ turn. If they believe.
The three stories in the collection are good. I gave this title three Amazon stars because of the objection mentioned above about the structure of the offered download. This eBook was a free download on Amazon, so the only thing I wasted was my time. If I had paid for this, I would have requested a refund. I will not read anything further by M. J. Ware
It is a total of about 60 pages and is comprised of various spooky stories featuring monsters, zombies, aliens and more. Below I will give a spoiler free description of the stories and my general impression of them.
No Way Out
This is the first short story in the book and my least favorite. I don't know how much children would enjoy it. The characters are pretty annoying, the story was irritating and I didn't like the ending. I really didn't like the bit about the cat. I think if you read this story to your child they will bug you to find out how it ends because what happens to the characters in the end isn't clear. I'm sure the ending was designed to be scary and dramatic but I don't think kids will see it that way. They'll just want to know what happens next. This story was definitely skip-able but the rest of the book was actually really good.
The Price of Friendship
This is one of my favorite short stories in this collection. Its a pretty interesting twist on making deals with demons that I think kids would find entertaining. It makes for a fun quick read and isn't scary so it could be told as a bedtime story.
This story was one of the scarier of the collection. Being a monster story this probably wouldn't be the best one to read to a small child before bed. It's about a creature that will kill you if you see it. It's slightly gory. This is a pretty entertaining read that I think many kids would like.
Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb (Extended Preview)
This is a 5 chapter sample of a full length book. This was definitely my favorite story. As a child I LOVED goosebumps books and I know I would have loved reading this zombie book. Its about a couple kids that find themselves the sole survivors of a zombie outbreak in their town. Its full of action, danger and humor. It's scary but not too scary. After reading this your child will probably want the full book.
Zack & Zoey's Alien Apocalypse (Preview)
This is another preview of a full length book. This story is about aliens that like to eat fat people. Its pretty humorous and I think small children will really love that it also has pictures in it. Out of all the stories included in the book No Way Out - And Other Scary Short Stories this one is probably geared for the youngest age group. I think children would find this story a little scary and exciting to read.
Overall its a good safe choice for kids and you can't go wrong for the price.
You can find my full review at: http://odbookreviews.blogspot.com
Top reviews from other countries
Considering how short these stories are I don't think you can expect masterpieces, there really isn't enough pages for anything amazing. However as a quick 5 minute read while I was busy it worked fine.
The first story is No Way Out. It's 8 pages long and is the story of 2 boys entering an old house on Halloween.
The second is The Price of Friendship and is 4 and a half pages. It's a very quick story of a stranger who trades the things you want in return for your memories.
The last short story is Hobgoblin Horror and is 11 pages. It's the story of 2 boys who listen to an old war veteran tell tales of his past.
75% of this book contains previews for other books, which I also read. These offer more substantial reading at the cost of not knowing the endings unless you buy them.
This was free, but it is not worth the time to download or the space it takes up on my tablet. I uninstalled it as I wish to NEVER read it again.
*Side Note: I really need to learn some self-discipline and stop downloading all these free short stories. I have no self-control at all when it comes to short stories and it's a pleasure to find a collection that is well written and captivating.*
I enjoyed all the stories on offer here though I think the title story was probably the weakest. I particularly loved the story entitled 'Hobgoblin Horror', macabre and funny at the same time, what a combination!
The preview to the novel Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb (Middle Grade Mystery Series Book #1) was rather fun and I will be purchasing it in the near future as I want to know how it pans out.
I have enjoyed Ware's writing style in this short collection and will be keeping an eye out for more.
I get a little way in and then I notice that the endings are about as scary as your aunt/grandma wearing purple lipstick with a coldsore and wanting to kiss you. They're mostly precautionary tales, i.e. "Don't go into abandoned "haunted" houses, or this horrible thing will happen!"
The stories were alright, a little predictable, not that scary, and probably had kids aged 9-12 in mind.
I only read up to the second story though, so I can't say if the ones after that were more gruesome or frightening.