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- Print Length: 264 pages
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- Publisher: S & H Publishing, Inc. (October 21, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 21, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OQZSWGY
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,583,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Short and Happy (or Not) is an eclectic collection of short stories. The authors featured in the anthology have mastered the art form of the short story.
I have chosen to highlight three stories in order of appearance.
Sherri Fulmer Moorer’s November instantly pulls the reader into Tamara’s world. One love lost and another found most unexpectedly. November doesn’t have to be dreary.
Wendy Wong’s The View from 31/2 Feet is delightful. It is also has a powerful message. The seasoned teacher Ms Benjefield has seen many changes in education. How wonderful that she is so open to change. She is forever a life-long learner.
The third short story is by P. M. Pevato who provided me with the ARC. The First Coven is a truly original folk tale. As a fan of paranormal fiction, the well developed characters and story draws the reader into Aradia’s magical world. I would like to know what happens to the three witches and their brother. It is refreshing to read a new twist on classic genre.
In my opinion, this anthology would be a great teaching tool for a creative writing programme including by not limited to high school or post secondary. The collection covers a spectrum of genres. The stories lend themselves to be read aloud in a classroom and would make an excellent book club selection.
I highly recommend this anthology and give it five stars. Congratulations to the editors for compiling this international collection of creative short stories.
What you’re promised is exactly what you get when reading Short & Happy (or Not). The stories are short, some happy and some not. As an international anthology, this collection of short stories provides voices from around the world and writers who have published novels before mixed with new writers. This aspect is what I like about the anthology as a whole. There are a variety of writing styles and genres, which shows that the fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction stories hold just as much value as the realistic young adult or adult fiction stories.
However, the collection also has variety in terms of individual short story ratings. A majority of the stories were engaging to some extent, but only nine particularly stuck with me. I will focus on these nine stories because they were able to fully bring their characters to life and make them memorable even after I finished reading the stories.
“Surviving a Cold Snap” was a great way to start the anthology. The story immediately drew me in with its detailed imagery and, near the end of it, gave me a good laugh. The story is about a woman named Gwyneth who takes a sort of vacation to decide whether to stay with her husband or not.
“The Night Doctor” is only three pages long, but it has exquisite, natural-sounding dialogue that immediately increased my interest. The mystery of the disturbing Night Doctor didn’t let me relax once I finished the story. I was unable to move on to the next story for a few moments. I just sat in my seat thinking about what I had just read.
“Coprolith” was a funny and light read that I felt was time well spent. The story is about an archeologist who searches for a particular dinosaur fossil. With this plot, the dialogue and situation are filled with humor.
“Old Bones” is one of those stories where I can tell where the plot is headed, but the fact that I know doesn’t bug me. It’s about a boy named Ciaran who gets his fortune told and the aftermath of that. The end result is a lesson learned too late for Ciaran, but one that I was able to pull out: don’t let any situation make you think the future is set in stone.
“Unhappily Ever After” was wonderfully strange. The story is sort of a retelling of what would really happen to the fairy tale princesses in real life, how women shouldn’t rely on a “prince” to make them complete and fix their lives.
“Dragon Slayer” broke my heart. I won’t say why because it will obviously spoil it. All I’ll say is this story was great.
“The First Coven” made me feel as if I were reading a story out of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which I really liked. It’s about how witches first came about. Having read Firefly by P.M. Pevato as well, this story definitely sets up a history that fits the novel.
“A Lesson in Loss” made it to my favorite’s list because a kid’s innocent understanding of the world always fascinates me when I read stories with little kids as the main characters. The author of this story definitely knows how to accurately portray a five-year-old’s thinking. It’s also a bit of a heart breaker, so be prepared for that.
Over all, I encourage readers to pick up this anthology if they are interested in a variety of voices and genres merged together. And if you find there are particular stories that draw you in just as much as me, check out the authors’ sites or Facebook pages to further support them.
Ian Lahey's character portrayals and skillful dialogue in Coprolith prodded me to the dictionary to fully appreciate the humor and wit in the story. Professor Sukei's childlike zeal for hunting ancient dinosaur bones contrasted with the MC's more pragmatic views that produced an entertaining read with a surprise at the end.
African Heaven by Jo Alkemade draws you into the heat of the jungle with descriptions that touch your senses and stimulate a thirst for more. A touching story of a grown child returning to her father's deathbed and reminded of childhood stories he told.
Wendy Wong paints an eye-opening picture of kindergarteners' perspective of the world in View From 3 1/2 Feet. You will never again look at a six-year-old without thinking how they will affect the future of our planet.
S. M. Kraftchak's One Shot To Be Born stands out as a unique tale set in the future, spiced with allusions to the past that enhance the flavor and entertainment value. The writing stimulated this reader's appetite for a second helping. Kraftchak further demonstrates a flair for future worlds in a second entry, Captain's Barbeque, with an ending that is sure to please.
In The Last Wave Goodbye, Marjorie Rommel shows us an intense friendship between an elderly Englishmen and his Irishman friend. Living in the pastoral countryside of Washington state far from their homeland, spending time together to reflect on their long lives while the narrator listens and learns what is important in life from her grandfather and his closest friend. The story centers on how a small disagreement threatens but does not shatter the enduring friendship. An uplifting story.
If you want to learn how to make lemonade from lemons--stock market style--read Jane Roop's The Big Short. An interesting twist at the end, no doubt it came from her first life as a securities broker.
Many of the stories are truly short, but don't be put off. Dixiane Hallaj's The Closet Monster is barely three pages yet it succeeds in grabbing your attention, triggering childhood experiences we all share to expand the story in very few words, complete with a clever ending.
And there are two dozen more stories packed into this modest offering. All of them make an enjoyable snack. Author links are included at the end of each, should you hunger for more. If your imagination needs food for thought, buy this anthology.
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