I occasionally read dystopian genre. The predictable generic plot with its negativity, impending unavoidable doom, and my sadness at the death of well-developed characters do not help me manage routine activities for the rest of my day. I have to consciously not read this kind of stuff in early morning hours. It is a good weekend read and, if a hero wins, I can be happy. To do so, I generally have to read to the end and that requires a binge read to the conclusion. No stops in the middle of tragic parts are allowed. Today’s read is:
Hell’s Children by John L. Monk
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This is yet another short story and teaser for an introduction to a series. This is the introduction to the Rebecca Schwartz series. As a short story, it is good for carrying around to fill otherwise wasted time. Although a pleasant time filler for me, I recommend these short story teasers for my English as a Foreign Language students. A teacher using any of the Julie Smith short story teasers for learning purposes has to read the story first for themselves and then must prepare to provide cultural background notes for students; without that a foreign language learner will become mired in irrelevant (for the non-native speaker) references and bored.
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There are short stories, then there are really short stories. Then there are the six-word story challenges. Haiku deserves its own category, independent of word count. This work is the second of the two; really short stories. Some might call them flash fiction.
RSS = Really Sort Stories
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While reading longer novels, I like to take breaks and refresh thinking with some shorter works, like this one I chose today. Not only is it on Kindle Unlimited, as of the day of this post it is on sale for FREE, easily my favorite choice when it comes to price.
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Tom is going to camp. It is 1974, ten years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and he is almost (self-claimed) 16 years old; time to get on with life. (note: He is 14). Besides that, he has to live somewhere while his scientist parents are on a trip to Russia. At a restaurant/diner he is picked up by Davis, a counselor at the camp. The ride to the camp is in the dark, at night, in a pick-up truck, so we have the possibility of pedophilia. Occupants of a passing vehicle throw a beer at the truck while screaming the “n” word, so we have racism, as in “Color War.”
Color War by Bruce McCandless
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By the book’s title you would expect to read a story about a criminal, a crooked man. Maybe the identity of the crooked man would be a mystery and that would be the fun of the book, finding out who is the crooked man. But the reader can’t really do that because there are too many crooked men, and a few slightly bent women. I really looked to find one character that could be described as completely innocent. Just when I thought Tubby’s secretary, Cherrylynn, was an innocent, Dunbar hinted at a several-year-long party prior to her employment with Tubby.
Crooked Man by Tony Dunbar
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