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Literary Fiction Short Stories

Everything My Mother Taught Me – Alice Hoffman

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January 19, 2020

Circumspect

Everything My Mother Taught Me is a poignant story of a mother’s relationship with her daughter, husband, and neighbours. Some women should never be married, some women should never have children, meet Nora Ivie, mother to Adeline. Only a mother that is so narcissistic and devoid of caring for her…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

The Lion’s Den – Anthony Marra

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December 28, 2019

Fortitude

The Lion’s Den is a beautifully written short story that is fascinating, clever, and insidiously probing. Packed with dark humour and satirical prose the observational settings that are painted are vivid and highly revealing. This is a story of a troubled relationship between father and son, with multiple side reflections…


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Fantasy Science Fiction Short Stories

Harmemoric Asylum – Dixon Reuel

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September 10, 2019

Resonance

Dixon Reuel has written a thought-provoking short story that manages to create a cold dystopian world and a tale with a deeper meaning. I imagined the images from ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ and ‘2012’ and wondered how implausible another ice age is. It is perversely entertaining to consider how…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

Ten Seconds – Lucian Lupescu

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August 23, 2019

Loneliness

Ten Seconds is a collection of ten Flash Fiction and Short Stories that grab moments of life that have meaning and emotional pull. The stories start at an occurrence of birth, journey through episodes of flash memories as a child, a teenager, an adult, married, in a career and end…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

Five Hundred Poor – Noah Milligan

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July 15, 2019

Profound

Five Hundred Poor is a very clever, fascinating and uniquely constructed book. There are 10 short stories that are unconnected in terms of storyline, but they combine to create a profound theme of loss and despair. We may consider our lives to be poorer when our dreams don’t materialise, when…


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Nonfiction Short Stories

Weirder War Two – Richard Denham

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June 16, 2019

Curiouser

Weirder War Two: More Strange Facts, Unsolved Mysteries and Tall Tales from the Second World War is a continuation from the first book with 101 new facts and tales. ‘Weirder’ is a useful term for the follow-on book, but the truth is, the stories are less weird, but still very…


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Crime Humour Short Stories Thriller

Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer – Ryan Suvaal

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December 19, 2018

Grammar

Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer, is a highly imaginative, tongue-in-cheek story of a psychopath that has been rattled by the misuse of grammar. The infamous Grammar Nazi Serial Killer came to despise the incorrect use of grammar after living in a house of cannibals when a…


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Poetry Short Stories

[Dis]Connected: Poems and Stories – Michelle Halket

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September 23, 2018

Affiliation

Connected is a collage of beautifully written stories and poems that capture the imagination, as we find, lose and appreciate, those connections we make in life. The premise of the book is to explore, why in an ever-connected world are we seeing isolation and disconnection with so many people. We…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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