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Ghost Story – Peter Straub

After reading both “The Talisman” and “The Black House”, I decided to check out if Peter Straub writing on his own is as good as a horror master as Stephen King is. Turns out, he’s not.

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The Tales of Alvin Maker: Grinning Man

If you’ve read The Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card, you’ll probably enjoy this interlude in the travels of Arthur Stuart and Alvin. They meet another great American character called “Davy Crockett” or “The Grinning Man” due to the fact that his knack is “grinning” at things until they do what he wants them to do.

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David Baldacci – FaceOff

Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide!

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Robert A. Heinlein – No Bands Playing, No Flags Flying

This story was tailored in length (1500 words) for Colliers as a short-short.

Wars come and wars go, but the wounded we have always with us-and damned little attention they get between wars.

So this was definitely a very short story (5mins reading) about a couple of veterans who have one of their friends “konk out” during the telling of a joke. It’s too short to have anything of value in it, no character development, no moral outline, definitely no funny jokes.

You’re both wrong. Remember I defined ‘bravery’ as requiring that a man had to have a choice…and chooses to be brave in spite of his own fear. The ward surgeon had the decisions forced on him, so he is not in the running. Colonel Hostetter was an old man and blooded in battle-and he had Josephs’ example to live up to. So he doesn’t get first prize.”

1/5

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Alice Munro’s Best: Selected Stories by Alice Munro

13531679._UY200_.jpgThis is a dazzling selection of stories–seventeen favorites chosen by the author from across her distinguished career. I have to admit to ignorance – I had not heard of Alice Munro until she was awarded the Nobel prize for literature and when she gained the spotlight, she gained one additional follower.

Alice Munro has been repeatedly hailed as one of our greatest living writers, a reputation that has been growing for years. The stories brought together here span a quarter century, drawn from some of her earliest books, The Beggar Maid and The Moons of Jupiter, through her recent best-selling collection, Runaway.

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The Test – Sylvain Neuvel (Short Story Review)

I really like the stuff that Sylvain Neuvel writes. I was impressed before when reading (or more listening to) The Themis Files, and now I was wow’d by this 75 page short story that manages in a short and compact format to tell such a good story.

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Arrival: Film tie-in book by Ted Chiang

I have had this book in my bookcase to show that I’m not at all small-minded after hating on the Arrival movie that came out a few years ago. I carried an unpopular opinion that the alien encounter movie designed after the short novella by Ted Chiang called Stories of Your Life and Others was actually a big pile of poo. It should not have been released with a strong teaser trailer indicating a possible invasion when the actual subject matter was the use of linguistics in order to communicate with the alien species.

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The Plant – Stephen King Book Review

Well this was a pretty interesting story! Probably a horror story for any publisher out there. There was an editor who removed a manuscript from someone and instead of rejecting it outright as the guy sounded like a crackpot, he decides to give the guy a shot. He receives the full manuscript and what do you know! The entire story is absolutely horrific, realistic depictions of murder accompanied by Polaroid pictures which do not look doctored.

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And Thereby Hangs a Tale * Jeffrey Archer Book Review

Having recently finished Honor Among Thieves * Jeffrey Archer, I decided to pick another one of Mr. Archer’s books and decided on a collection of short stories called “And thereby hangs a tale”. Some of the stories were real, some had actually happened to him and some were probably gathered from his time in Belmarsh Security Prison.

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Shirley Jackson – The Summer People

The third story I’ve read by Shirley Jackson, and all three have been superb. This one has really gotten me thinking about how well we really know the “worlds” with which we believe ourselves familiar, and how infused our own vision of them might be depending on the specifics of season or time of day…

A couple from new york spend their summers at a country house on a lake. One year, despite the incredulity of their seasonal neighbors, they decide to stay an extra month (“past Labor Day”) and find that their ‘summer eden’ can be a very, very different place

17 Pages.