Long Stories Short: A collection of short stories by Kindle Edition
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She lives with her husband and three small aliens, disguised as cats. Oneof the little creatures is rumored to be ET's second cousin, though ithas not been confirmed.
- ASIN : B00J547SEI
- Publisher : Karen Black (April 12, 2014)
- Publication date : April 12, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 839 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 125 pages
- Lending : Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#635,538 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #1,403 in Horror Anthologies (Books)
- #1,825 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
- #2,102 in Fantasy Anthologies
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Aftermath is a classic! It has an unexpected ending. The fire burnt down the house where Ronnie and Veronica, Paul and Michelle lived while they were asleep. According to the news, two people died in the blaze. Who were they? In You Summoned Me, the lesson is, “you get what you ask for.” Mark and Erin played with fire, the Quija board, and we know what fire does. In Magic and Miracles, Andy and Kathy went through some life and death experience. How did it happen that he was with Kathy on a boat trip at the same time Kathy was in a coma in a hospital? Forever is as spooky as they come. Andrea rises from death to protect Denny from Aaron. It is a complicated story. In Indisputable Evidence the spookiness doubles. Now the ghosts come to play. In One Step at a Time, Eli lives in the country of Bigfoot but Gordon, his grandson is not a Bigfoot. A Candle in the Dark, reveals to us the mystery of the dead that are still with us. So was Randy for Valerie. In Unintended Consequences, Melanie saw and misinterpreted what Frank her husband was doing and her “spontaneous reaction” caused deadly damage.
I enjoyed all the stories; however, I must point the author to her use of confidant instead of confident and a couple of other minor errors of repeated words.
My favorite is Unintended Consequences. Melanie loves her daughter with all of her heart. Her actions to protect her child lead to unintended consequences.
"The solid slam of the steel door convinced me that, until that moment, I had under-appreciated the concept of liberty. My expectation of an abysmal future was reinforced by the clunk of locks engaged behind me. Even if I could flee captors who flanked me on the walk to my cell, there was no exit from this hell hole. I had arrived at my new home as a consequence for my actions, yet wondered if my fate was truly justice."
The stories offer different perspectives on life and death, awake and dreaming, and right and wrong. The collection reflects the best work of well-known author Karen Black. Long Stories Short: A collection of short stories will warm your heart, stir your emotions, and entertain you.
“Long Stories Short” is a collection of ten short stories written by this author, of which, “The Hunted” is one of them, none of the other stories disappointed me.
To paraphrase what I said in my review for “The Hunted”:
As you read her stories you’re immediately sucked into each one. Ms. Black through her writing skills is able in each to create a mental picture of what’s happening; all the sights, smells, and dialogue. All of the stories have the ability, if it’s done right, to be expanded into a novella. In all of the short stories in the book Ms. Black succeeds in giving her readers an unexpected surprise twist at the end of each one, which definitely adds to the enjoyment of reading each one.
I’m therefore not hesitating in giving this book 5 STARS.
Top reviews from other countries
To some extent my own reading preferences for a slow burn and subtle denouement rather than have dramatic twists saved up for the end (and I do mean right at the very end) which, if done clumsily and too frequently tend to get rather cheesy and doesn't let the story find it's flow always. Overall, and in keeping with the stated opinion, I enjoyed One Step at a Time most, simply because it wasn't hurried and, like the main character, the twist wasn't overstated, or plonked in at the end with a false-sounding 'Ta-dah!' moment.
Lots of great ideas and some of the descriptive writing was quite beautiful in places, so this is a 'high' 3 from me, but the earlier stories weren't as polished in some respects, or perhaps could have benefited from a more thorough critiquing in the editorial phase to rein back some repetitious sections and generally tighten things up where the writing got a little too gawky or naive. Overall an enjoyable read showing a lot of promise to come.
Some of the stories have twists or surprise endings, others do not, although this does not take away from the enjoyment of any of them. Some more characterisation would enable an even greater empathy with the characters. This writer should be encouraged to write a full-length novel as she has a strength for setting a scene and developing background in detail, which bodes well for novel length writing.
My favourite has to be Mountain Justice, though many of the others are equally through-provoking and/or entertaining.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I hope to read a lot more by this author.