A Moveable Feat

Wonder When You’ll Miss Me by Amanda Davis is a richly complex novel with at least three plot arcs. By definition, the arcs are not presented in a linear fashion. The reader is aware that Davis is uncovering all three plots at the same time. Elements of each plot march forth for reader examination at unexpected times. Each plot is complex and invites reader reflection. This means that the novel is not a fast read. As I mulled over each element of a plot and its relation to the entire story, the novel falls short of description as a page-turner. I was happy to read an entertaining story that is also intelligent. All plots deserve a five-star Amazon rating.

Trading Up

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Heidi by Michelle Miller can be found as one of the Amazon Original Stories (AOS) in a collection titled The Fairer Sex. Heidi is Book Four of an eight-book series. All can be read one at a time for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription or the collection can be purchased as a set (not for free). All the short stories emphasize “short.” Heidi, the third story in the series is only forty pages. Grab a cup of your favorite tea. This story is longer than others in the series. You may need a refill. This is about your favorite topic, money. That is your favorite topic, right?

The Remains of the Night

On the not-so-fake-news (‘cause we can see it with our own eyes) we have been treated recently to scenes of the aftermath of wars. One of the least gruesome views has been of the staggering amounts of material left behind in the countries where wars have taken place. As I looked upon a huge store of abandoned US military equipment, I couldn’t understand why the military had not destroyed equipment they could not take home.

Million Dollar Baby

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Alicia by Michelle Miller can be found as one of the Amazon Original Stories (AOS) in a collection titled The Fairer Sex. This is Book Three of an eight-book series. All can be read one at a time for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription or the collection can be purchased as a set (not for free). All the short stories emphasize “short.” Alicia, the third story in the series is only twenty pages. Grab a mug of your favorite brew. Not a large mug, you won’t be able to finish it before you finish the story.

Art as Life

Lauren by Michelle Miller is either a short read or a short listen and can be found as one of the offerings from Amazon Original Stories. This collection, The Fairer Sex, has eight stories ranging from a 16-minute read to the longest one at 56 minutes. Lauren is an 18-minute read. All works in the collection are available for “free” with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Shopping Organic

Here is a comment I posted at the end of this review. I want to repeat here. This short story has very descriptive writing related to sex. It falls far short of porn, but it is NSFW (not this review, the short story). Consider this a trigger warning.

Meredith by Michelle Miller can be found as one of the Amazon Original Stories (AOS) in a collection titled The Fairer Sex. This is Book Two of an eight-book series. All can be read one at a time for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription or the collection can be purchased as a set (not for free). All the short stories emphasize “short.” Meredith, the second story in the series is only sixteen pages. Grab a cup of coffee. You will get wrapped up in the story, but you can finish it before your coffee gets cold.

Friends and Liars

You Owe Me by Kerry Costello is a crime thriller that asks you to hang out a bit while it prepares to get off the ground. At the 65% point, we meet Billy Ray and Valentina bound and gagged sitting in the back of a limousine going wherever the people who bound and gagged them wanted to go. From this point forward the story is interesting all the way to the conclusion with a few surprises on the way. So, does this mean the story is slow and boring before this point? Not really. There is a difficult to believe story beginning but once I accepted that, what follows are a couple of characters I took to be main characters disappear with a nonchalance that I found disturbing and surprising. Those two elements got me to Chapter Eight, the 13% point of the novel. To sum up, an enjoyable first part, a large interesting segment from Chapter Twenty-eight to the conclusion, and much wasteland to cover in between. The in-between story reads like a slow progression of logical events and therefore is completely predictable. I was happy to encounter Billy Ray and Valentina as (finally) captives.

Not In My Neighborhood

It is time for another Twittering Tale. Or I might be late. Living on the “flipside” of the world continues to confuse me. These once-per-week challenges give me a chance to rant a bit about current irks and annoyances plus have fun as I interpret what I see in Kat’s pictures. What follows is my rant, Kat’s instructions, this week’s photo prompt, and her story followed by my story.

Wanna come out and play?

The United States has never arrived at a point where the citizens could step back, look at it, and say, “There, finished, finally, a perfect Democracy.” There has always been contention and strife in areas of religion, race, culture, gender, and wealth distribution. The search for solutions is frequently seen in the context of States Rights vs. National Rights. For example, if you purchased land and built a house near a southern border, you would not expect to step out your front door one day and be impaled on barbed wire. Under the elegant name of eminent domain, this is a possibility some could (in theory) face. They won’t face such a fate, of course. People can be moved.

Perfect

Candace by Michelle Miller can be found as one of the Amazon Original Stories (AOS) in a collection titled The Fairer Sex. This is Book One of an eight-book series. All can be read one at a time for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription or the collection can be purchased as a set (not for free). all the short stories emphasize “short.” Candace, the first story in the series is only twelve pages. Grab a cup of coffee. You will finish the story before you finish the coffee.

45 is an Unlucky Number

With the exception of Kat Myrman’sTwittering tales once a week, I am not a fan of reblogging the work of others. I especially resist material that mentions the Travesty in Chief currently disguising himself as a member of the human race. (NOTE: “himself” is used here as correct with a deferential nod to the political correctness people. Anybody want to demand inclusion in the trainwreck to which “he” belongs)?

This Ode points out the warts that surface as temporary occupants of the house in the swamp interpret their role while exercising great power. It might even encourage some to look back in history and see how people, like us, reacted at the time and tried to cope with an imperfect system. Those were different times, unlike now when people, like us, are apathetic and willing to accept all kinds of public indecencies; physical, ethical, and moral.