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You're Not Alone: An Indie Author Anthology Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B00Y5RCOOE
- Publication date : July 10, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1389 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 322 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,078,603 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I won’t single out an individual author, because they are all wonderful, but I will say the story that sticks with me the most involves a dream, where the dreamer, after waking, feels a desperate urge to travel deep into the desert, to visit his grandfather. This story reminds me of different accounts in The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda. If you’ve read any of Mr. Castaneda’s work, you’ll know that I’m referring to parallel dimensions within our own reality, and in our dreaming.
For anyone who enjoys an eclectic mix of stories, this anthology is the perfect go-to read.
Even for those of you who don’t typically delve into short story collections, I believe that “You’re Not Alone” will be a pleasant surprise. Best of all, the net profits are donated to the Macmillan Cancer Support. I honestly can’t imagine a better cause.
Or story. Or genre. Or country of origin.
If there's a takeaway from this incredibly talented voice-strong diverse ménage of tales, it's how alike we are as people.
We love, we contemplate, we wonder, we live, and we share.
100% of sales proceeds go to charity.
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I'll start with an admission. I treated this much like an LP (remember those) or a CD of an album I had bought, where I knew some of the more famous tracks. That's right - I read the authors I had previously read first. Not sure why I did that, but maybe it was because I had read a book of theirs already, in most cases it had been a full length novel they had written. Fully understanding the difficulty of condensing a story into a novella format, I wondered if they could pull it off.
Before I dissect the stories themselves, I would like to pay a special tribute to Ian D Moore for pulling this off - bringing so many authors together was no easy feat, and yet with You're Not Alone, that's what we have right here.
Add to the fact that the proceeds contribute to a worthy cause - Macmillian Cancer Care, and there is yet another reason to buy this book.
Readers of course, will want to know what it is all about. Here goes.
There are stories that pay an obvious nod to people affected by cancer, and I pay tribute to them for tackling such a hard subject. My own father went from an apparently healthy man to death's door within a matter of weeks, once this brutal disease had taken hold. The fact he had long left the marital home was irrelevant. Whatever differences he and my mother had did not disguise the fact that he was a human, and this disease tore him apart.
I suppose the overriding theme of these stories in You're Not Alone is that whoever has been touched by cancer, there is some hope, some feeling that it can be beaten. Even where it wins - it's a temporary win, because it cannot kill the love held for that special person.
With so many stories in the book, and many authors who I hold in high regard - being indies takes away none of your talent (who says established authors have got this writing thing down anyway?!), I don't wish to highlight some at the expense of others, yet I feel I must. Otherwise this review could turn out to be a book in itself.
Kayla Howarth's "Dad" is a poignant story that really pulls at you. (Having read her excellent Institute series, where she brings us a dystopian world that works), I found myself thinking about that story long after finishing it. I'm not saying it is the best of the tales, but my, does it hit home, and yet is never depressing or self-serving.
Ian D Moore is the man who brought the collection together, and his story One of Those Days is a truly brilliant story that left me absolutely floored. If you want genius in a few short pages, you could not go wrong here.
Lesley Hayes' A Year Afterwards opens the collection, and having read her Oxford Marmalade collection of short stories, I can say reading one of her works again was like a guilty pleasure - you know it's going to be good, professionally written as befits an author of her considerable experience, and well, I loved it.
Tom Benson's Goals demonstrates the breadth and depth of this author. I read another collection of his and his short story here is an easy pick, and will be remembered by those who read it.
Now this review is starting to look like a love letter to independent authors. Not all the stories hit a home run, but it would be unfair to expect that. What I can say is that each other has given their all here, so if the tale didn't quite work for me, it doesn't mean that someone else wouldn't absolutely love it.
A title that stood out for me was Witch's Mark by Katerina Sestakova Novotna. Now this lady can spin a tale or two - her own Hawaiian Lei of Shrunken Heads was the oddest and yet utterly beautiful collection of stories I have read this year. I knew she would hit the heights again with an amazing tale. Her story is worth the book price alone.
An author I was not familiar with was Anthony Randall. Anyone who had relied on the little black box in their car will empathise with this wickedly clever story. For my own part, the satnav got me to Cornwall, only to direct me towards a cliff....thanks for that!
The Birth by Lucinda E Clarke is truly jaw-dropping. Make this high on your list to read!
Babes by Max Power shows the depth and sheer talent of this man. I have not read anything of his since Darkly Wood (still my book of the year so far)
There are some authors here whose individual books I have not read, but am about to. Nico Laeser, Angela Lockwood and Eric Lahti are authors to watch. If you are unsure, look through the names. There is a wealth of talent here.
The first thing to strike any reader is the value of this fine collection of no less than 28 short stories. No, not simply the cash value, but the quality and diversity of the writing. The stories were written specifically for inclusion in this book. One of the things that make them so special is the international flavour and multi-genre that strikes the reader within the first few stories.
From beginning to end this compilation is about variety. The writers are from all over the world, the stories cover a wide range of genre, and even the point of view changes from one tale to the next. The styles are different and the stories come in different lengths. What is there not to like? This is a variety performance of the written word.
There are poignant tales, those that will make you laugh, and others that will make you wish there was a draft from a window causing that tear, but the main thrust of this review is that there is just so much entertainment in this book. I wanted to highlight a couple of authors and stories, but having tried, it was too difficult, and I decided, unfair.
The icing on the cake for me is to know that all profits from sales of this book are being donated to the Macmillan Cancer Support funds, and that really is worth shouting about.
I am reluctant to single out one or two stories for extra praise, there is so much to admire here. But, if I am to justify my claim that this is writing of the highest quality, I must. First up is 'Ooh, Air Margit' by Rebecca Bryn. I am not sure if this is fiction or memoir; the author does indeed hail from Kettering in Northamptonshire (the title is a piece of Kettering dialect). She ruminates about the lives of her female ancestors as she listens to the platitude filled homily being delivered by a lay-preacher at her mother's funeral. This is social history in a nutshell, family saga in delicious miniature.
It is followed, physically in the volume and in terms of quality, by Max Power's 'Babes'. A woman reflects on the all too few years she has shared with her second husband, the love of her life, as he lies dying. Like Max, this man is from Dublin. Both characters come across as utterly believable.
All of these stories are, in their different ways, love stories. They deal with the beginning of life and the end of life. They are all life-affirming. A woman discovers the true value of time saved when she discovers how to spend that saving; a couple undergo an unusual method of marriage guidance and learn the power of forgiveness. A family gather's at a woman's deathbed and recalls the many camping adventures they shared in the past. There are ghosts, aliens bent on planetary domination. And the painful birth of a man who did indeed aspire to planetary domination.
The most uplifting fact about this book is that the authors have waived their right tto a share of the royalties, all of which will be donated to Macmillan Nurses, the British charity that provides assistance in their homes to terminal cancer patients. That is a good enough reason to buy the book. Do buy it, do read it. I promise you will not be disappointed.