Friday, September 24, 2021

Mysterious Ways

 

A collection of eccentric and quirky tales.   

Atheism is more of a fad for Mimsie rather than part of a belief system.  Is Emily Mayhew’s real motivation about buying a house or are her wants and needs a little more complex to say the least? Home under the hammer take on a new twist as people come to delight in the perhaps gruesome  fate of  the former residents of the properties on offer.

Mysterious Ways is a single author collection from Bridge House Publishing. Jeff Laurent s is an enthralling story-teller who invites us to look again at what we thought was normal.    

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Creative, macabre stories in the darkly humorous style of Roald Dahl. I thought the story titled Dust had a disturbing, dystopian twist. Overall, an entertaining read!  
 
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Mysterious Ways is a collection of short stories on a variety of weird and wonderful themes. Thirteen tales take the reader to strange, macabre and fantastic places, many of them related with a touch of wicked humour.
This is the ideal book to dip into on a dark night.
 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Gatherings

 


A collection of character based stories with a strong element of stream-of-consciousness style in some of them.   

This book contains about twenty-four unthemed short stories. The narratives are picturesque, evocative, and entertaining. They will take the readers on a journey laced with slightly amoral leanings to the serious and in-depth observations of the human condition. With both tragic and comic endings, vices and virtues, entwined into the hearts of the stories, are all about ordinary people with mundane aspirations, broken dreams, and success.

 

Gatherings is a single author collection from Bridge House Publishing. Mehreen Ahmed has a well-established voice and is an experienced literary writer. 

 

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A really immersive collection of short stories, featuring various memorable characters with interesting names.
Every single one has a message to tell, make an important decision, suffer, survive, fight, love, protect their loved ones etc.
 
Mehreen Ahmed brings us a great variety of drama and emotion with Gatherings! This collection of short stories spans the globe, following a diverse set of everyday people. It was this span of characters and Ahmed’s choice to focus on the drama of ordinary people that really drew me in. Each character’s story is touching, and Ahmed’s writing fills each of them with depth and realism.
 
Overall, the book Gatherings was a gala of stories of humanity: a glimpse of its polished and flawed system, its worst and its best, its survival, defeat, existence, and continuing pervasiveness on this planet.   
 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Between the Lines Pam Line


 

After an eventful life with four husbands, consecutively, and many tears in Spain and France, Pam has returned to her Yorkshire roots where she lives with Blossom the dog. 

Here the author give us glimpses into a life that starts with a idyllic childhood, puts her in touch with prestigious figures and less comfortable homes. There are sadnesses and triumphs.  A life lived to the full emerges through a gentle but forthright prose. Does this present a story of survival? Are we given hope?

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                                            Pam Lines takes us on a roller-coaster life adventure.

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wonderful collection of short stories vividly told. From Marie and Esther on Morecambe beach to fraternising with alcoholics on Yeadon Banks, and a child’s view of a grandfather reliving the Great War to visiting a seedy gym in Bradford, Pam Line observes life through humorous, and sometimes poignant, eyes
 
Pam's stories are easy-to-read nuggets which leave you thinking that all human life is here.
Many of them reminded me of Alan Bennett's 'Talking Heads', with their use of chatty vernacular, quirky detail and mixture of gentle humour with an underlying poignancy.
A great little book you can easily read in one sitting or dip into during your coffee break.
 
 
Such a lovely collection of short stories. The writer really bring the characters and settings to life with words. I thoroughly enjoyed this and look forward to reading more from this writer.  
 
ISBN: 9781910542682

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