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Stranded by [Raiser, Kimberly]
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Length: 157 pages

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Product Details

  • File Size: 141 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1432706012
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.; 2nd editon edition (March 28, 2008)
  • Publication Date: March 28, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OI275I
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By A. Gilliam on October 12, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
When an author asks for reviews, even to the point of handing out free copies, well, you want to give a positive review. That said, negative reviews do serve to set a reasonable expectation level for prospective readers which can lead to a more positive experience. This isn't a "don't waste your time" review but rather a "be forewarned."

This book is, shall we say "wildly eclectic," ranging from Flash-Fiction (300-1000 generally words) that often describe a single scene or narrative to works of traditional shot-story length and the stories are not all what could be considered sci-fi, per se. That is not a critique by any means.

The problem with the work is that, save for 3 or four, they fail in terms of story telling and objective, humor, or philosophy. A number have a long, long build-up -- almost the point of tedium -- which builds expectation and a wrap-up that is so fast a tortoise would miss it if he blinked. It leaves the reader with the same felling of boarding a roller-coaster, riding way, way up into the sky only to crest the top and...find it was time to get off. In some cases, the old saw of "show, don't tell" is followed only pro forma in that a character, rather than narrator, makes a one-paragraph explanation of the philosophical point of the story.

About half of the stories felt more like sketches and ideas jotted down on the run with the intent to come back to later or perhaps partial drafts. Some of them tried to make a point and belabored it to the point of irritation, or sophomoric toilet humor, which is a shame because the point could have been easily and successfully made in a far smaller space.
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I read the first four and was unimpressed. These are not stories, they are mere ideas. Some are good ideas and could become good short stories if they were fleshed out, but as the are, they're just ideas that haven't been developed. I doubt I'll finish the book.
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"Stranded" is like popcorn--it's light, fluffy, and goes down very easy. The stories cover a variety of subjects and styles, but my favorites, like "Man upon a Rock," "Simple Rules for the Proper Execution of a Suicide," and "Felonious Fruit," make use of Raiser's facility for humor and the unexpected twist at the end. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for the lighter, wittier side of speculative fiction!
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I love great sci-fi, and even "only" good sci-fi is a real treat. Sometimes, even bad sci-fi can be hilariously entertaining. However, this collection of short stories interspersed with a mind-boggling multitude of blank pages struck me as pretentious but ultimately pointless. While I respect the author's commitment of time and creative effort in producing this book and offering it to the reading public, I cannot find anything else positive to say about it. That said, in the end it is, after all, a matter of personal preference.
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Anybody who enjoys quirky, imaginative, creative and intelligent short stories needs to own this book. Contained within its bindings is an assortment of stories each one with an unique, and utterly refreshing, point of view. The author has an impressive fluid, poetic like, grasp of the English languages and, I am delighted to say, she is not afraid to use it! This book shines from Amazon like a sparkling gem lying on a vast pebble beach of mediocrity.
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A lot of short stories in this book, which I usually like. However, these were kind of boring. Very tough to finish this, fortunately I didn't pay a lot for the book.
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This collection of snippets is like watching TV when your husband has the remote. Just as soon as you start to get interested in something, he switches to the next station.
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Did not like this at all. It reminded me of some of my writings from my ninth grade high school English class. Very amateur.
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