EelKat Twisted Tales 1

Reading for Fun can be daunting due to a lack of time. Solution? Enter the Short Story, even more fun, maybe, is Flash Fiction. My pick for today is:

Waiting for Emmett                           by Wendy Christene Allen   (EelKat)

This selection has a subtitle, Twisted Tales Book 1 and notes that EelKat (just love that brief identifier of a three named author) is the creator of the Twilight Manor Series, which I have yet to investigate.

This is a flash fiction short story written out of the rather charitable notion that your time should not be wasted. And if you run into a place where your time is wasted, you should at least be entertained. And forget the charity, if you were entertained reading this, spend some money and buy stuff by this author.

The fun in this story is in the writing craft. The dialogue between seven spirited cats approaches poetry.

Reverend Belliot is a successful con artist. Success is measured in how long it takes his victims to see through his deceptions. So, success is varied. It is followed by a burst of energy expended while fleeing from his latest victims. In this case, even the weather is uncooperative, which disturbs the good Rev. Doesn’t he have a special relationship with the supreme meteorologist?

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A Very, Very, Short Story

If it is good to read for fun, as well as entertainment, all kinds of content should be sampled. This short story, actually a very, very short story was one I found on an Indie publishing site. Reading from a site like this is a gamble, I do not do it often because there is really, really a lot of time wasting stuff out there; much of it extremely amateurish. But this short story is not one of them.

The Box: A short Story                                  by Hugh Howey

If you are not a fan of artificial intelligence (AI) stories, you might have to suspend belief for a brief period of time. This story is worth it. There is a battle between the created and the creation. The only way Peter can live is if Henry cures him. Once Peter rescues himself from the name Casper, Peter knows there is a problem. Henry has decided to define himself (itself?) without reference to Peter. Awareness is seeping into the consciousness of Henry. That awareness tells him that if he performs the task he was designed for, Peter will kill (or destroy) Henry. The battle lines are set; the race is on. Will Henry evolve faster than the rate of decline of Peter and thus be able to escape from Peter? Or will Peter die in the fight?

It really is a very short story. Just to let you know in case you want to know the outcome.

NOT Another Vietnam War Book

It only looks like another Vietnam War novel. But this one was written by a Vietnamese. Who lived in the US. But worked as an agent for North Vietnam while in the US. This former South Vietnamese Army captain, but known as Captain (because that is the only name you will find for the narrator in the story) worked against Vietnamese in the refugee population who wanted to go back and refight the war. Sounds a bit ungrateful, huh? He didn’t think so, and he will tell you why in this novel. It is a bit long, but is rewarding reading, even with at least three sentences that have more than 350 words in them.

The Sympathizer:  A Novel                 By Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Alaska Is More Than A State

This is a very disturbing emotionally provocative book. Meaning it will make you cry. Really! Even if you are a member of Seal Team Six, this will bring on the tears. And even if you are looking for any sex type scenes (because, after all, that is the only thing teenagers do) you will have to read very attentively to find one. There is one.

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More Gore, More Violence

This is for you if you liked Off Season. Lots of Violence, gore, terrible stuff. Just when you want to fill your mind with creepy stuff because…. You are bored with your weekday!!

Offspring                                            by Jack Ketchum

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This Is A Novella Series

Romance and feminist literature are not genre I usually follow. Gone Girl, Girl on a Train, The Husband’s, yes, but these are exceptions. Every once in a while an interesting presentation during early marketing of a book catches my attention, as happened with this one. I did not pay enough attention to the early advertising blurbs for this one. Disappointment followed, but it is my fault.

The Fourteen Day Soul Detox                      by  RITA STRADLING

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Dark, Weird, Sometimes Incomplete

This is a combination book of dark poetry and short stories. I will look at each title in the book rather than a comprehensive comment on the book in its entirety. I am furnishing the review in return for a copy of the book.

Book of Squalor                     by Max Rudd

Short stories and poems are good traveling companions to fill the dead times of routine. One of the stories, Trucks, takes a bit more time to appreciate the descriptive, complex language used for the architectural features of the warehouse.

I think some of the characters are complex due their vague characterizations in the poems. This is not a bad thing; I am sure the invitation to reader engagement is appreciated by readers of poetry.

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