- File Size: 257 KB
- Print Length: 101 pages
- Publisher: Needle Publishing (November 13, 2010)
- Publication Date: November 13, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004C44QRS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Terminal Damage Kindle Edition
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I'm actually kind of amazed that Terminal Damage is priced at 99 cents. Eight original stories by eight very talented writers for 99 cents? It's a steal! Get it now before they get wise.
Check it out. I do not own a Kindle, but I have an iPod. I downloaded the Kindle app, and read the book on my iPod. Worked like a charm.
There's a typically smashing cover from John Hornor Jacobs and an introduction from Jason Pinter.
The first story,'Last Man Standing' by Russell D McLean, is just great. A couple of Scots take too much of a bite out the Big Apple. And choke on it. Or something. Spot on dialogue and great pacing.
'Last Man Standing' is followed by a beaut of a sucker punch from Dave White and the high standard continues all the way through to John McFetridge's smart and droll 'The Gladiator Resort'.
Still, not having a Kindle, I figured those releases that were Kindle-only wouldn't ever cross my radar. Until I got this fancy Samsung Fascinate smart phone that has a Kindle ap on it. No way I could ever read anything on a freakin' phone, right?
Releases like this collection from the fine folks at Do Some Damage are perfect. This is the second collection I've read exclusively on my phone, and I find it to be perfect. I don't slouch into an overstuffed chair to dig in like I would with a regular book (or even with my Nook, for that matter), but often enough I find myself in situations where I have some time and don't have anything with me to read. Out comes the phone, and I can read a story or two while waiting for whatever it is I'm waiting for. At the DMV. At the Jiffy Lube. Waiting for my kid after school. Hell, I finished this one lingering an extra 20 minutes in bed this morning.
What about the stories in Terminal Damage? Excellent, of course, which is to be expected. About half of these folks are already published authors, and the others have the ripe scent of inevitability all over their prose. The styles are as varied as the personalities of the writers, all touching on the airport theme that runs throughout.
So yeah, if you haven't bought this already, do it. Get in on the ground floor so you can brag about how you were reading these cats before everyone else was.
Last Man Standing by Dave White was one of my favorites. The narrator is a depressed teenager about to commit suicide when he spots two suspicious Arab guys. White possesses a natural, engaging voice and digs deep into the narrator's psyche. He's also got a great sense of humor--a nice contrast with the rather bleak subject matter.
In Walkways by Steve Weddle, we get to know Oscar Martello. Here's a guy you don't want to mess around with--and everyone who does ends up paying for it. A satisfying read with blazing dialogue and creative swearing. (A big plus in my book.)
Perhaps the nastiest of the bunch is Cinnamon's Last Dance by Bryon Quertermous. Ex-stripper Mandy is trying to get back to Florida to visit her dying mother. Of course, JFK is the disaster that it usually is and the whole airport is shutting down. Mandy's got a way out, but is it worth it?
The answer is no, it is not worth it.
Overall this is an excellent collection of eight stories. For those who dig the dark side of the genre, it's well worth it.