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Andrew Friedman – Say Not What If

24. Say Not What if by Andrew Friedman (2011)
Length: 51 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 11 November 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Andrew for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 November 2011.
Why do I have it? I do really like short stories but I haven’t read much lyrical poetry.

This is a 10,000 word rhyming poem on the importance of time, and living for the now the best you can. It also discusses the morality of the death penalty as well. A man is given the death penalty after murdering a ten-year-old girl. He has spent his life overworking at his job, ignoring his wife and generally living the good life for himself. Fate allows him to witness the outcome of his actions in murdering the little girl – the lives and possibilities that he ruined by his vile act. 

I, myself, am neither for nor against the death penalty but can certainly understand the feelings of victims of violent crimes who believe that the only justice they can find is in fulfilling the death penalty. I give this story an A! It is very thought-provoking.

A! – (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Aparna Warrier – Inklings: Very Short Stories and Other Babies Born of Ink

15. Inklings: Very Short Stories and Other Babies Born of Ink by Aparna Warrier (2011)

Length: 13 pages

Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 3 May 2011
Where did it come from? Many thank to Aparna for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been in my TBR pile? Since 23 April 2011
Why do I have it? I haven’t read many short stories so thought that I would try this one.

This is a collection of flash fiction short stories dealing with the humor, romance and relationships of real life. I have to say that I have never read flash fiction – which are really short stories that usually stand alone. I was very interested in this book and give it an A!

A! – (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Kathryn Meyer Griffith – Always and Forever

12. Always and Forever by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (2011)
Length: 30 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 9 April 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathryn for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 23 February 2011
Why do I have it? I have liked Kathryn Meyer Griffith as an author ever since I read her book Witches in high school.

Emma Baker is taken out by a girlfriend to celebrate her first night as a newly-divorced woman. After 10 years of marriage, Jonathan, Emma’s husband, had sprung on her the fact that he was in love with another woman and walked out on her and her son Christopher. Emma swore to herself that she would let no man turn her head at the bar; until she met the bouncer, Ben. Their attraction for each other was immediate but they agree to take it slow. Is this desire a flash that will burn out fast, or is it always and forever?

I thought this was an interesting departure for Kathryn Meyer Griffith as she is usually a romantic horror author. This was a contemporary romance with no horror elements at all. I give this short story an A!

A! – (90-95%)


May you read well and often

James LePore – Anyone Can Die

7. Anyone Can Die by James LePore (2009)
Length: 48 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 20 February 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Tracee at Pump up Your Book
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 1 February 2011
Why do I have it? I like short stories.

Set in the world of A World I Never Made, these three short stories feature the characters Pat and Lorraine Nolan, Megan Nolan and Max French.

The first short story is Till Death do us Part; Pat and Lorraine Nolan meet three ne’er-do-well natives on their Mexican honeymoon. In God’s Warriors, cynical Megan Nolan witnesses a shocking act that calls into question her loyalty to friends or her loyalty to money. In the third short story, Max, FBI Agent Max French exacts a deadly price years after a very personal crime.

I enjoyed Anyone Can Die by James LePore. It was an very interesting introduction to the characters of A World I Never Made. I give it an A!


A! – (90-95%)

Happy Reading to you all, Emeraldfire and Rosefire

Kathryn Meyer Griffith – The Nameless One

The Nameless One by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (1993) (Author’s Revised Edition 2011)
Length: 35 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 25 January 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathryn for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 22 January 2011
Why do I have it? I have liked Kathryn Meyer as an author ever since I read her book Witches in high school.

When archeologists Laura and Julian Bennet discover the tomb of an ancient Egyptian Queen known in legend as ‘The Nameless One’, they choose to ignore the whispered curses about the Queen and her sorcerous ways. Upon opening the tomb, they unknowingly release an evil into the world that is better kept buried. Will they be strong enough to pay the price for defeating it? I really enjoyed this short story by one of my favorite authors. I did a paper on the Curse of King Tut in college and am very interested in Egyptian history. I give this story an A!


A! – (90-95%)


Happy Reading to you all, Emeraldfire and Rosefire

Graham Parke – Random Acts of Senseless Kindness: A Gomessy New Year

31. Random Acts of Senseless Kindness: A Gomessy New Year by Graham Parke (2010)
Gomez! Book 2
Length: 26 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started / Finished: 26 December 2010
Where did it come from? I received this short story from the author. Thank you!
Why do I have it? I have always been interested in contemporary mysteries.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 25 December 2010

Gomez Porter is at a loose end – he just recently inherited an antiques store after his parents had an accident, his girlfriend is acting strangely and he hasn’t been invited to any New Year’s parties. Add in a suspicious homeless man who seems to be testing him and it all adds up to quite a New Year for Gomez.

I have never read Mr. Parke’s No Hope For Gomez!, so I think I missed some characters relationships but I did enjoy this short story. I give it an A!

A! – (90-95%)

Happy Reading to you all, Emeraldfire and Rosefire