Just Another Day in Paradise

Rated 4.60/5 based on 6 reviews
Life in the big city is not for the faint of heart.
Shadows lurk in sunlight; blood spills on floors; hope and dread are just two sides of a neon sign; and loneliness is a paper cut on the heart, an invisible wound that eventually kills.
In these stories, Katherine Tomlinson explores the dark heart of urban living. It is what it is...Just Another Day in Paradise.
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About Katherine Tomlinson

Katherine Tomlinson is a former journalist whose work has appeared in magazines and newspapers throughout North America. Her essays have been featured in the St. Martin’s Press Anthology What Was I Thinking? and in the book Pearls of Wisdom from Grandma (Regan Books). Her fiction has been published at ThugLit; A Twist of Noir; Dark Fire; and in Astonishing Adventures Magazine. She is the publisher of Dark Valentine Magazine. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Review by: Elizabeth Miller on Oct. 11, 2011 :
ok WOW. If you don't mind some violence then this anthology of stories is amazing. Would highly recommend this to anyone who loves horror, thillers, sci-fi and pretty much almost every genre. They are inventive and riveting and VERY descriptive. There was not one story in the book that I did not enjoy and some just made me laugh out loud. This book is an EXCELLENT way to spend a day in the sun.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alex Draven on July 17, 2011 :
This anthology of short stories is overflowing with short shorts which will get under your skin and linger in your memory. There's a seamless mix of paranormal and contemporary stories here, which both roots the paranormals still more deeply in reality, and adds an extra gloss of horror to the contemporaries - the systems and rules of regular life can be every bit as cruel as the monsters of horror. The collection as a whole is relentless - dark, and rich, and bleak, and clear. It's not so much that you can't expect a happy ending as that they're used as seasoning, so you can never be sure at the start of each story how this one might end.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: LS W. on June 19, 2011 :
Wow! Lots of short stories and all with a twisted ending. They are so well written, that although they are short stories, they read like full in depth long stories. Some of them I could envision as becoming movies - even if they stemmed from short stories. Once I started reading this book, I had a really hard time putting it down. Several of the stories will be forever in my mind, including the one about Otto the cat. I recommend this book to all.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Amy Siggelow on June 06, 2011 :
I won this book from Member Giveaways on LibraryThing.

I just finished reading this book of short stories and had to post this right away! What a great read! The stories are "dark" stories, but very interesting. I'm really not sure how to review this book, as the stories are short and about different things. I noticed that most of the stories tend to revolve around "karma", as in people getting away with things, but then bad luck or death follows them later. My favorite story was the very last story (appropriately placed in my opinion!). It was about a Lady and a stray cat named Otto, which the Lady (as she was called in the story) found while the cat was being bullied by a group of kids. I don't want to ruin the story by describing what the story was about, but the ending gave me goosebumps. Those are the types of stories that I love!

This is a great book for those who don't mind dark (but not too dark) subject material. I would say it is appropriate for adults and maybe older teens. I do recommend it to those who want to try it - you won't be sorry!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on May 16, 2011 :
Its a collection of articles or short stories that is very good but weird collection. One was about how they drug space command and faked moon landing. another person standing in line at a movie was shot. A lady waiting for 8 hours to get 88 dollars in foodstamps lost her temper at worker. A quite lady that no one really new at work and the building got bombed. they get the point across. easy to read and follow.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dale T. Phillips on Nov. 07, 2010 : (no rating)
As this is my first ebook purchase, I was pleased to discover that along with publishing the kind of story I like (the author is editor at Dark Valentine), Katherine Tomlinson also writes the kind of story I like. The collection is superb, well worth the purchase price and the time spent devouring all the stories.

You get the visceral punch right right from the beginning, with the first piece (also the title story). It's written in the second person, always a tough act to bring off, but managed here to effect (as are others later on in the collection). It's a pointed tale of the horrors of modern life, and how easily someone just gets overwhelmed. It's a frightening reminder of how close to the line we all are, and how a simple nudge in the wrong direction can be fatal.

So much of current horror writing is crude, tasteless, terrible, cardboard blood-splattering, but that's not the case here. These well-written stories are full of character, and tell what happens to us when things take a turn to the dark side. This will be a hit with fans of Stephen King, tales in a similar vein, but given a personal stamp by the author.

So when you're in the mood for a shiver of frisson, or "exploring the dark heart of urban living," pick up this collection and settle in for some chills.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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