Twisted Shorties

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From the inventive minds of the writers on Gather.com comes a book...
a book of odd short stories, with fiction astonishing and intriguing, and yes even creepy. Writers such as Sheila Deeth, Barbary Chaapel, Tracy Fabre, and Douglas J. Westberg bring you tales of romance, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, whimsy and a bit of lilting poetry.
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About A. F. Stewart

A. F. Stewart is from Nova Scotia, Canada, is fond of good books (especially science fiction/fantasy), action movies, and oil painting as a hobby.

Ms. Stewart has been writing for several years, her main focus being in the fantasy genre. She also has a great interest in history and mythology, often working those themes into her books and stories.

To date she has authored and published several short novels, collections of poetry and short fiction and non-fiction entertainment guides. Her most well-known books are Killers and Demons, Ruined City and Chronicles of the Undead.

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Review by: Sharon Pribble on July 04, 2013 : star star star star star
Loved this book. All the best of the Gather Writers are here. Thank you Pam Britain and A.F. Stewart.
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Review by: Sheila Deeth on Oct. 22, 2012 : star star star star star
I’m one of the authors, a minor player, a face hiding in the crowd in this collection of FREE short pieces. Poetry, humor, romance, science fiction and wondrous scares abound. But I put off reading this, didn’t want to have to write a review because… well, first, how do you review something that includes your own work, and second, how could I stand to be the first not to give a five-star rating? After all, I could hardly claim perfection for something that includes my own words.
But I am a very small bit-player here… what of the rest? So yes, it gets five stars in spite of me.
Twisted Shorties is free and would still be really good value if you had to pay for it. The pieces really are good—quick short reads filled with passion, plot, laugh-out-loud hilarity and haunting pain. They’re neatly collected so you can read by author or by theme (thank you A. F. Stewart!). They’re so varied everyone will find something to enjoy. They’re so well organized you’ll contentedly keep reading from beginning to end, and so short you’ll have no problem finishing something then stopping to go shopping or answer the phone.
The collection starts beautifully with Alice Grimes’ lovely poem, Salt Covenant. R. C. Larham trips over miracles. John Beck delights in metaphor. And the world suddenly turns with A. F. Stewart’s trademark swiftly drawn and fully imagined worlds. But there’s more… An upward moving elevator (Len Maxwell), entrancing exerpts from Patricia Gilliam’s Hannaria series, Ms. Lee P.’s Steampunk Grandma and Lord Gregory’s thought-provoking insanity. Then there’s Doug Westberg’s spoonerisms, magical children’s stories, Jax’s Practical Pig, Christmas, Terry McDermot’s wise animal capers, Greg Schiller’s biting social commentary told with his equally biting humor.
Indeed, there are too many authors to mention. Too many favorites to list. Does Hell have a “municipal code”? If so, perhaps I’ll violate its laws in rating this, but it’s going to get a five for all that I’m in it, simply because it deserves it. Just don’t go looking for my name—my pieces really are small fry in this wonderful pond.

Disclosure: It’s free. I bought it. I loved it. I read it so I reviewed it.
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Review by: Terri Hollowell on Sep. 21, 2012 : star star star star star
Found very interesting and enjoyable, I would recommend this to anyone who likes to read different stories....
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Review by: Connie Cowger on Sep. 18, 2012 : star star star star star
I was so excited to find a book with this many amazing authors in it. The gather community is filled with talent and this book is just more proof of that. I smiled, wiped a tear and laughed out loud while reading this collection of stories and poems. I love how this online community is making its mark on the real world. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read. Each story/poem is just the right length to read before going to sleep at night or when you just have a short time to read.
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Review by: Al Chavez on Sep. 15, 2012 : star star star star star
I've read the work of many of these authours and this is some of the best work they've put out. The best point is that all of the stories and poems are short so you can read one in between doing other things. Excellent work all of you.
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Review by: Gerry Wass on Sep. 13, 2012 : star star star star star
It's fascinating to see how a group of on-line friends have used modern tools to combine forces and publish this amazingly diverse collection with so many different sorts of voicing. I like what I'm reading and I continue on!
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Review by: Ellen Whyte on Sep. 11, 2012 : star star star star
I enjoyed this book. My favourites were Douglas J. Westberg witty "How to Recognize Me if I Try to Contact You from the Afterlife", Greg Schiller's "The Cat Box" that reminded me of some people I know, and Sheila Deeth's "Excalibur" and Ms. Lee P's "The Dogs of Doom and Steampunk Grandma" that were properly quirky. I'mnot usually a fan of poetry but "She's All of These" by John Beck was excellent. Worth a look!
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Review by: Doug Westberg on Sep. 10, 2012 : star star star star star
The Writing Essential portal at Gather.com (writing.gather.com) is home to a pantheon of talented writers. It's one of the most supportive and vibrant writer communities you'll find anywhere. There you may find formal poems of the most diverse sorts, drabbles, sci-fi novel chapters, satire, cat diaries, prehistoric sagas, even the occasional sermon. Seven weekly editors provide guidance, support, and inspiration in the form of inventive prompts which rarely fail to generate a raft of creative responses.

Many writers here are published and/or make their livings writing. It's an inspiring place to be and has been a huge factor in one of the most creative periods of my life. Thanks to Pam Brittain, you can now sample the creme de la creme at Gather in this remarkably variegated and delightful collection of short writing. Many of these writers have been enormously inspiring to me. They will you, too.
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Review by: Why Wright-Harrison on Sep. 10, 2012 : star star star star star
Enjoyed the read. Fantastic descriptions set the scene perfectly A++
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Review by: Sarah Llewellyn on Sep. 09, 2012 : star star star star star
I loved this. Great read.
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Review by: Greg Schiller on Sep. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
This is a great book to read on the deck in the waning days of summer. You browse a little. Read a little. Take a break. It's perfect for that.
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Review by: Leone Vito on Sep. 07, 2012 : star star star star star
An awesome read! Highly recommended.
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Review by: Chanel Toleafoa on Sep. 07, 2012 : star star star star star
Excellent read. Very manaia. Two thumbs up!
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Review by: Pat Moore on Sep. 07, 2012 : star star star star star
Okay, I may be biased, but genuinely one of the most entertaining anthologies I have read in a long time. There are many writers on Gather that deserve a wider audience and now, with Twisted Shorties, they have the opportunity to have just that.

Well worth the effort of downloading.
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Review by: gillian moore on Sep. 07, 2012 : star star star star star
Brilliant.
Wonderful eclectic mix of writing offering a 'little something' for all manner of readers. High praise and gratitude to this 'Gathering' of hugely talented writers and wordsmiths. More please, more!
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Review by: Len Maxwell on Sep. 04, 2012 : star star star star star
Everybody considers Gather.com to be a social networking site -- and it is. There are, however, many writing and poetry groups on there that showcase some of the best writing you could hope for. This anthology gives the reader an indication of just how good those writers are. If you like to read for the sake of reading, you have to download this book.
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Review by: Sonia Martinez on Sep. 04, 2012 : star star star star star
This collection of wonderful stories by so many of my Gather friends made Twisted Shorties a must read! I hope all of my friends will join me in reading this little gem...there is something here for everyone! A delectable Smörgåsbord with something to entice every reading taste!
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Review by: Pam Brittain on Sep. 03, 2012 : star star star star star
Twisted Shorties is a book of short stories and poetry that I fell in love with. There is something in it for everyone - romance, humor, fantasy and so much more. I cannot say enough about this book except that it's definitely a keeper. I recommend this book to everyone that loves to read.
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