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UFOs and GOD: A Collection of Short Stories Paperback – November 1, 2016
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"Lane is a seasoned writer, and his skills are on display in UFOs and God. Each is meticulously crafted, beginning smack dab in the middle, tossing the reader into the fire with his characters. The dialogue is sharp, but not overworked and reads with authenticity. His descriptions too read polished but not contrived. It is in his final story, "Writer in the Attic," where we are allowed to see the writer at work, not necessarily Lane himself, but all writers whose eyes are never just watching the world around them, but instead are always busy working, crafting stories from the fodder. While varied and unique from one another, they are united by the frailty yet strength of their humanity." -- Lee Ware, U.S. Review of Books
"The short stories in UFOs and God are fictional works, but aside from the title piece, anyone who anticipates that this book will be centered around UFOs should be advised that there are bigger scenarios at stake, here; and these involve belief, perseverance, determination and survival. So if it's alien or religious stories that are anticipated or desired; look elsewhere. UFOs and God is much more: it's a closer examination of succinct moments in life where people get the opportunity to look back, look ahead, or take a close look at the world; and each piece is carefully crafted to support a reader's perceptions of their own 'aha' moments in life." - Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"In "UFOs and God" - the short story which shares the same title as the book - the author tells a unique story that is much like a love-filled reminiscence from a family member about a peculiar "Aunt Carol". Without giving away any important details, it's necessary to state that Lane did an exceptional job of writing the story (along with many others in the book) in a relatable and sentimental way - so much that any reader would be able to identify with the characters, the lesson of each story, and the funny aspects of each one as well. All in all, Lane has compiled an assortment of unique stories that are as entertaining as they are touching, and any reader will feel as if their time reading was well spent." - Reviewed by Nayala Smith, Dog-Eared Reviews.
"Entertaining and Evocative
Beautifully conceived and executed 'UFOs and God' is an intriguingcollection of short stories, ranging widely in both tone and plots with varyingformats and lengths in multiple genres. Delivered with most picturesqueimagery, elegant yet descriptive, 'UFOs and God' is a solid piece of literarycollection that cleverly uses an array of analogy of ambiguity and emotiongiving it an impressive depth.
Author Michael R. Lane's close examination of life reveals an intense,variety of thoughts that gives voice to the compelling characters in eachnarration and displays pragmatic human imperfections and other distillations oflife. 'Love and Death', 'War' and 'Writer in the Attic' being personalfavorites, authors book features entertaining, evocative and some insightfulappealing tales that are bound to force readers to explore and enjoy intricaciesin their personal favorites. This book is sure to delight a wider audience andfascinate them with brimming fantasy, fiction and reality. An ideal collectionto give, share and indulge in, 'UFOs and God' is a 5 star read!" -- ENAS Reviews
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The author does an exceptional job of keeping the reader interested during each story, and making them feel even more engrossed in it by the end! The end of each short story leaves the reader with a realistic anecdote that they can refer to, and it keeps the reader thinking. For example, in "Daylight", Lane describes several different people who each have their own form of an awakening. A teenage boy realizes that puberty changed his view of his closest female friend, a business woman becomes pregnant and has to make big decisions about her baby and future husband, and a military man reflects on his family as he faces his impending mortality. Each of these people have different issues to deal with, yet they all become intertwined by the end. Lane creates simple-yet-effective twists and turns in many of his short stories, and engages the reader throughout the entire reading experience.
In "UFOs and God" - the short story which shares the same title as the book - the author tells a unique story that is much like a love-filled reminiscence from a family member about a peculiar "Aunt Carol". Without giving away any important details, it's necessary to state that Lane did an exceptional job of writing the story (along with many others in the book) in a relatable and sentimental way - so much that any reader would be able to identify with the characters, the lesson of each story, and the funny aspects of each one as well. All in all, Lane has compiled an assortment of unique stories that are as entertaining as they are touching, and any reader will feel as if their time reading was well spent.