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Passing Fancies Paperback – November 26, 2013
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About the Author
A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, and still calls it home. She has always had an overly creative mind, and an active imagination. She is fond of good books, action movies, and dabbles in oil painting as a hobby.
Ms. Stewart has been writing for several years, her main focus being in the fantasy genre. She also has a great interest in history and mythology, often working those themes into her books and stories. She has authored and published several books, including Gothic Cavalcade, Killers and Demons, Chronicles of the Undead, Shadows of Poetry, and Once Upon a Dark and Eerie...
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Many of the stories provide the reader with images just beyond comfort, leaving exclamations of gasps, "oohs," and "holy smokes" at the end of each creative story.
As I read, my imagination ran away with me. At the end of some micro-stories, I was left wishing for more, wondering what might happen to the characters were they in a longer story. Ms. Stewart rewards those musings later in the book, choosing a few shorter stories to expand and dive into.
I can't help but wonder where she might further expand her twisted explorations in her next book?
A great read from a talented writer.Passing Fancies
The first -'micro-fiction' which is a story told in less than 100 words. This idea of a complete story in so few words for me is a mission impossible. However, Anita excels in this field and shows expertise in succinct language in 16 stories which leaves me breathless.
The second section - 'flash fiction' has 9 stories each with less than 1,000 words.
The third section - short stories.
All of her stories focus around fantasy, science fiction, mythology and crime. They are well-written and intriguing with some unexpected and amazing punchlines. It is an easy reading type of book where you can read as many or as few stories at a time, put the book down and return to fresh stories or even a re-reading.
The collection opens with a delightful selection of tales told in 100 words or less. And the first, A Fictional Vacation, is a perfect introduction. Just sit back and let the author carry you off on a wondrous journey... Though some of those glimpses through the window are distinctly disturbing, for all that they're so brief. The author certainly knows how to pack an emotional punch into just a few words.
The next section employs my favorite short story length, around 1000 words or less for flash fiction. One hundred words is great for a passing fancy, but if I want to stop for a snack between the world's distractions, a thousand words provides the perfect short stay. Of course, settling back into those distractions afterwards might be hard, and eating a snack after reading about the werewolf father's kindness... Actually, going back to writing after meeting Nick's wonderful muse might be difficult too. But the smiles that go with the shocks are always beautifully timed, and the emotions swirl from fear to pathos to fun.
Then on to reading a collection of fine short stories. Finding one that reminds me of a hundred word tale is like meeting with an old friend--"Tell me more," I ask as we sit together by the fire. Each tale takes its own different direction and ends, leaving the reader satisfied. Passing Fancies is a fine polished collection of fanciful dreams and nightmares, and a thoroughly enjoyable read.