Selected Short Stories Featuring Ghost Dust

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Fifteen short stories featuring Ghost Dust, Hang Around, Colossus, Suicide Spear, and others. These stories include a variety of genres, mainly literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and crime fiction. More
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About Nicolas Wilson

Nicolas Wilson is a published journalist, graphic novelist, and novelist. He lives in the rainy wastes of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two cats and a dog.

Nic has written eight novels. Whores: not intended to be a factual account of the gender war, and Dag are currently available for e-reader, and will soon be available in paperback. Nexus, The Necromancer's Gambit, Banksters, Homeless, The Singularity, and Lunacy are all due for publication in the next two years, as well as several short story collections.

Nic's work spans a variety of genres, from political thriller to science fiction and urban fantasy.

For information on Nic's books, and behind-the-scenes looks at his writing, visit nicolaswilson.com.

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Review by: James Jenkins on Dec. 08, 2013 :
Lots of well thought out, short stories. Each one is enjoyable, and well written.

I have read several of the authors works, and have many more on my 'to read' pile.
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Review by: Paul Howard on Aug. 01, 2013 :
This collection of short stories is both entertaining and eclectic, with tales ranging from an off-beat Detective Story to Science fiction.
Wilson's characters are interesting and have a style to them, which changes from story to story. Some of his action sequences are very intense, especially in "Prisoners of War", where the descriptions are as brutal as the people they involve. But it is told with style and purpose and makes for a good read.
My favorite involved a diver who was studying the Giant Squid, only to find there is something more to them than anyone expected. I found myself wishing there was more of it, although a good should story really should leave the reader hungry for more.
Another, "The Ghost Club", has an Edwin Droodish quality that I found quite refreshing. (I almost expected Doyle and Houdini to find themselves presented with the same dilemma.)
All in all, I recommend this book to anybody who likes a well-written, stylized collection of short stories with a kind of twist to them
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Review by: James Field on May 14, 2013 :
It takes a special author to write an interesting short story. Nicolas Wilson is one of those talented people. In 'Ghost Dust & Selected Short Stories' he presents us with a collection of sixteen tales. The shortest, 'Ghost Dust', is only 430 words; the longest, 'Prisoners of War', is 6379 words.
Written in the style of a modern Edgar Alan Poe, many with macabre plots, this selection includes crime, science fiction, the supernatural, and even a fairytale.
Here are many fine stories. My two favourites are: 'Suicide Spear', a 'defend-our-world-from-invading-aliens' science fiction; and the brilliant, 'Hang Around', a fascinating tale of reincarnation.
Nicolas Wilson's preface informs the reader that some of his stories are snippets from novels he's working on or finished. Unfortunately, he doesn't tell us which.
As you might expect from a journalist, Nicolas Wilson writes competently. Fourteen of his sixteen stories use first-person narrator. My only criticism with many of these stories is the excessive use of abbreviations and acronyms, I found them confusing and annoying. In, 'Prisoners of War', I counted 42 examples. To my mind, this is jargon.
Apart from that, these stories are well worth reading and I look forward to further works from Mr. Nicolas Wilson.
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Review by: Gabriel Boutros on May 09, 2013 :
Nicolas Wilson’s “Ghost Dust and Selected Stories” is a wide-ranging, eclectic collection of excellent short fiction, written in different styles and voices, covering the gamut of genres. Do you like a hard-drinking detective working a murder case? Then Hypotenuse starts you off with a bang. How about a chilling, and heart-breaking, letter from home by a soldier in Iraq? That would be Support. Wilson takes a stab at unicorns and dragons, artificial intelligence, mutated humans, post-war Vietnam, and even the lingering human costs of 9/11.
The diversity of his stories is quite stunning, but not as stunning as how effortlessly he handles each genre. The common factor is his ability to use minimum effort, often just a phrase or two, to establish his characters and make the reader believe in and care about them. Some of his stories come with the more traditional twist or surprise resolution at the end; others are slices of dialogues or monologues, often ending just when the reader is wondering what’s going to happen next. Many have a certain resigned sadness to them, as if the characters know that things aren’t going to turn out well in their lives, but keep on going. Are all the stories equally good? No. But when you put together 16 stories like these, it’s almost quibbling to complain that one or two didn’t work as well as some of the others. The majority of these stories are simply excellent.
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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