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Normally, Ishy away from short story collections because I'm a novel reader butonce I started reading Ripples on the Pond, I couldn't stop. The writing is superb with its concise storytelling, yet I didn't feel cheated bythe length. Characters are fleshed out and given their moment to shine.When I finished and there were no more stories, I smiled to myself. This is one of those books I will be re-reading again and again. A mustread!
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I'd review it.
My Rating: 5 stars
About the Author
- Publication date : December 3, 2017
- File size : 1958 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : The Gargoyle Chronicles (December 3, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Print length : 247 pages
- ASIN : B077XCK3SD
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,145,843 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Toby bowed, turned around, and left the building, his head bursting with thoughts. His hatred and vengeance had dissolved into sadness and pity, but mostly sadness…a feeling of loss. Something he'd have to live with for the rest of his life. He knew one thing for certain. He'd never return. Before he drove away from the Acacia Retreat, Toby held the torch tight in his hand. "I have confronted him, Mummy. I've done it for you and me. Rest in peace." On the way home, he stopped on an old wooden bridge and threw the torch into the mirror surfaced creek. He waited as the ripples extended outward and disappeared.
Time and again throughout the 71 stories, one comes up against harsh realities, compassion, and much, much more that make us human. Entertainment and enlightenment are in store for you, dear reader. 5 stars
Note: I received a review copy in return for an honest review.
A man infatuated with ivy. A woman pining for lost love. In a Turkish square, ancient buildings lament a devastating explosion. An unlikely friendship struck up with a homeless person. A journey to a magical place that once visited can never be found again. The camaraderie between the patients in a cancer ward. A writer who has lost his muse. A tragedy that leads to dementia. These are just a few of seventy individual tales set in locations straddling continents, which portray war, love, hate, hope, greed, revenge, despair, humour, mystical happenings, fantasy, and so much more. Like ripples expanding on the surface of a pond to reach its banks, they converge in this anthology of flash fiction and short stories by Sebnem E. Sanders in her debut release.
Sebnem E. Sanders is a native of Istanbul, Turkey. Currently she lives on the eastern shores of the Southern Aegean where she dreams and writes Flash Fiction and Flash Poesy, as well as longer works of fiction. Her flash stories have been published on the Harper Collins Authonomy Blog, The Drabble, Sick Lit Magazine, Twisted Sister Lit Mag and Spelk Fiction. She has a completed manuscript, The Child of Heaven and two works in progress, The Child of Passion and The Lost Child. Her collection of short and flash fiction stories, Ripples on the Pond, has been published in December 2017. Her stories have also been published in two Anthologies: Paws and Claws and One Million Project, Thriller Anthology. More information can be found at her website where she publishes some of her work: https://sebnemsanders.wordpress.com/
Sanders is a native of Istanbul, Turkey, who now lives on the Southern Aegean, thus many of the stories have an international flavor that I enjoyed (and also made we want to travel). I love literature that transports me to different settings and cultures where the wide range of human experience and emotion feels so familiar – just another reason among many to dive into this read. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a wide variety of wonderfully crafted short stories.
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To the prospective reader out there, I highly recommend this work of art disguised as literature... 'Superior' is the only word I can think of that may paint a picture of this book and its author.
Snapshots of lives or the end of them are delivered via realism, fantasy, deepest grief, transient sadness, humour, obsession, detachment, the pursuit of love and approval, and so much more.
Many of the short stories portray settings, which a lot of us will never see, but they’re a backdrop for the actions, and motives that drive the various characters, together with the results - some which can’t be foreseen, and which I think readers can’t fail to relate to for one reason or another.
A really enjoyable read.
I loved this collection of short stories: evocative, colourful and brimming with imagination. I wonder where Sanders gets her ideas from, and marvel at the level of detail she manages to cram onto the page. I've always loved short stories, and this collection is delicious. Thank you!