Inklings

Rated 3.86/5 based on 14 reviews
Very short stories and other babies born of Ink.

Stories tagged under urban life, oblique humor, romance, satire and even the purpose of life. In this book, you will find urban-style, simple prose, sprinkled with thought-provoking metaphors along the way. More

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About Aparna Warrier

Aparna Warrier enjoys music that she can hum along to, books that make her think deep and movies that tell her something she didn't know.
After a brief sabbatical to ponder the meaning of life, especially her own, Aparna is back to computers and coding.
Among other things, she has discovered that nobody has answers to questions about life, that Paul Bloom gives great lectures on psychology and that the secret to making awesome coffee is non-trivial.

Reviews

Review by: Peter Hassebroek on Aug. 12, 2011 :
Collectively, Inklings (Very short stories and other babies born of ink) by Aparna Warrier, is shorter than a conventional short story. Undoubtedly the shortest book I’ve ever read without pictures.

Despite its brevity, there is variety and something for every mood and taste in the twelve well-crafted pieces. This is the work of a confident author, not a self-conscious one, particularly evidenced by the use of sensory details that subtly complement the stories without calling attention to themselves.

There is clever wordplay too as in the opener, Taking Our Time, which might have seemed incomplete if not for the intentional pronoun confusion that rounds it out. Some stories did seem like fragments, though, while others were really parables. Several, like So What? and the children’s story, Greenie, the longest piece, border on the sentimental. Cheeky, the second longest and most amusing was my favourite; the sentimentality of its ending was appropriate.

Inklings is not without grammatical and proofing flaws, particularly in the aforementioned, Greenie. It’s a minor nuisance but there’s little reason a work of this length can’t be perfect. That factor notwithstanding, I enjoyed Inklings and am confident the author will have much to offer in the future.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sheila Deeth on July 06, 2011 :
Inklings by Aparna Warrier is a neat, short collection of neat, short stories (flash fiction), ideal for drinking in with a coffee, or reading in place of that poetry book you’ve misplaced. Mini-mysteries tingle on the palette, delicate sensuality amuses, and a lovely rendition of childhood strikes cords of sympathy in the subconscious. The twelve stories range from a few short lines—the poetic, intriguing, unsettling images of So What for example—to a few short pages—Venus or Intoxicated by Impossibility—which quickly draw the reader into the mystery of new characters. Language is poetic with occasional, forgivable, lapses, and the whole is like an enjoyable tray of snacks—spiced, sweetened, tinged with curiosity and the meaning of life.

Of all the stories, my three favorites are Cheeky for its innocent sensuality and pleasingly portrayal of cubicle life, Greenie for that perfectly honest and real little third-grader, and Always for the tears of a guitar. And then there’s the Revolt of the Coconut Trees… My four favorites… Ah well. They’re all good.



Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Blatant Biblioholic on June 24, 2011 :
It's very difficult to post a review for a book that comprises of 9 pages and comprises of flash fiction - very short, short stories - however I'm going to do my best! I was intrigued by the concept of flash fiction when the author contacted me. I'd never heard of it but, as a lover of short stories, it sounded both interesting and fun and so I agreed to read and review it.

If I'm honest, I had to read all of the stories through twice before I understood them, which wasn't a problem as they were obviously very short! Maybe this is because I'm not used to such short stories and trying to find the meaning behind them. I don't consider myself particularly analytical but I knew that I would have to be if I wanted to get the most out of the stories. Initially after reading the stories once, I found that they were fun, quirky and creative. In particular, I loved the creativity of The Revolt of the Coconut Trees. Once I'd read the stories again I saw that they were insightful and, in many cases, there was much more to them than I'd originally thought. Many of them left me wanting to know more. I'm undecided whether this is a good thing or not, as I tend to think that short stories should be complete in themselve. I suppose it depends on what the author is trying to acheive. If the author decides to expand on the stories in the future then I would definitely be interested in reading them.

Overall, this was a fun, quick read and it made a welcome change in between heavier reading. I would recommend it to people who want to try something different or are just looking for a fun read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sarah (Workaday Reads) on May 30, 2011 :
This is a collection of flash fiction stories covering a wide variety of topics.

Flash fiction stories are very short, often only a page or two. The main purpose is usually to describe a specific situation in order to generate a specific emotion. They are a condensed shot of words.

I found this to be a nice read, suitable as an introduction to flash fiction with pieces ranging from a few lines to a few pages. I did find that some of the shorter pieces seemed to fit together which lead to a more defined larger picture, but reduced the impact of the individual stories.

My favourite piece was The Revolt of the Coconut Trees. It was humorous with a touch of science fiction. I also enjoyed Always and Oil on Canvas, which were each only a few lines, but managed to convey strong emotions.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Pam G on May 20, 2011 :
This was the first flash fiction that I’ve read. It was an interesting collection of works. Some of them were cute, others funny, and some I just outright didn’t understand. I’ve never been the kind of reader who analyzes what she’s reading, or enjoys picking things apart to see what kind of double meaning there may be that the author was implying. I just like to read and enjoy. So it’s for that reason, I think, that some of the stories either bored me or just went flying over my head.

There were a couple that I liked. Greenie and Cheeky were both cute. I found The Revolt of Coconut Trees to be funny, too. It’s about coconut trees who are willing to be cooperative with humans until humans start abusing them and taking advantage of them. So they attack and wipe out the human race. I suppose I shouldn’t find it funny, but the thought of coconut trees attacking and wiping out the human race makes me laugh.

Overall, I thought these stories were cute, and a great starting place for a new author. However, I don’t really think they were for me. It was probably just a personality conflict between me and the author, considering she “likes books that make her think deep,” which I totally do not. Still, it’s a quick read (just 9 ebook pages), so check it out on Smashwords if you’re interested.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rohini Bala Chandran on May 11, 2011 :
Great stories! A grand ride of life's simplicities and associated intricacies with Aparna. My favorite would be 'Crash and Die' for its title, for the beach and for the turbulence. :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ummul on May 05, 2011 :
Some stories are best when left to the reader's understanding & imagination and Inklings does full justice in doing so.

I loved the encrypted writing approach and a precisely small push to the reader's mind towards the end of the story. The book creates more interest towards the latter half with most of the stories being my favourite, a special mention for revolt of coconut trees, so what,
cheeky, always, greenie and crash and die.

"So what" describes not just being human but feeling human in today's cluttered world.
"Cheeky", simple unexplained desires couldn't have been put across in a better way...very refreshing!
"Always", for me is the best written with just a short sentence that lets the reader imagine & feel everything left unsaid...
"Greenie" brings back some commonly shared memories of course, and is full of innocence that we all can relate to and be nostalgic about...
"Crash and die" - loved the detailed description and definitely the tense used for the mood to be created...
Literally put, "SHORT AND SWEET!"
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mareena McGirr on May 04, 2011 :
This is a collection of flash fiction short stories dealing with the humor, romance and relationships of real life. I have to say that I have never read flash fiction - which are really short stories that usually stand alone. I was very interested in this book and give it an A!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Stash Drew on May 02, 2011 :
I found this little collection of flash fiction to be an enjoyable read. Each of the stories is short and quick, creative and enjoyable. With several of the stories I found myself wanting to know what would happen next.

If you want something quick and enjoyable, I recommend this little ebook. Aparna Warrier does a great job with it, and I'm very happy that she approached me with it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: A Book Vacation on April 30, 2011 :
I really enjoyed reading this collection of short stories. What I love the most about them is that they range from profound to humorous, incorporating all genres in-between. There is an underlying meaning behind each piece, and though it may take a second look, a closer reading, to get to the heart of each story, it is well worth it. Warrier has selected profound topics for her flash fiction, such as humanity, love and relationships, coming of age, politics, and change, to evoke further contemplation among readers. Though the selections may be short, they speak volumes and push the reader further, philosophically, as the stories take hold of the mind. On more than one occasion, the reader may need to re-read sections of the text in order to grasp all aspects of Warrier’s reflective prose, as each selection incorporates multiple ideas, but as each piece is fairly short, a close reading of the text is easily manageable.

I especially enjoyed “So What,” as it is such a short, yet profound blurb about society. Originally, I laughed, but as I thought about it, and then re-read it, I began to see multiple meanings and underlying messages that are incorporated in this two-paragraph story. “The Revolt of the Coconut Trees” is another favorite of mine. Warrier’s writing style is beautiful and she takes a look at humanity and its presence in the world in this humorous telling of coconut trees fighting back. “Greenie” was a wonderful coming of age story that transcends all cultures and is very touching, and I love that all readers, on some level, are able to identify with this story. All in all, Warrier is an exceptional writer and her flash fiction is a must read. Four stars.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: shishir singh on April 29, 2011 :
She is next Arundhati Roy in the making! Greenie is my favorite story. Only thing I would like to point out is her cryptic writing style, which many readers may not comprehend well. Also, I am looking forward to a full-fledged book from her.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lynn on April 28, 2011 :
Inklings { Very Short Stories And Other Babies Born Of Ink.}
Aparna Warrier
Available on Smashwords
9 Pages
4 stars

Ever wonder what an inkling is? It is: A slight hint or indication or A slight understanding or vague idea or notion. This is what these short stories are made of, An inkling, an idea or a notion in the authors mind.

In the authors first book she has a collection of short stories so very short indeed. One has to use their mind when they read the story to get a picture of what the author is representing.

Out of them all my favorite is the story of Greenie, the little green worm on a Cauliflower leaf. We all can relate back to this story when as a child we had to stand up in front of a class and have show and tell.

This book may not be for everyone and some may not reach any conclusion in any of the stories. And they may quit after the first two and others may really understand them. It takes a special person to read these type of short stories.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: browngirlinpa on April 26, 2011 :
I enjoyed reading all Aparna's stories. And if I had to pick a favourite it would have to be the revolt of the coconut trees. :) I know it's unfair, but I'd pick it for the fun style she's used to get a point across. I really look forward to reading much longer tales from her, for her stuff makes for good reading and kinda leaves the reader wanting more. :) And I like it when she gets descriptive and uses metaphors/similes. I think they are uniquely Aparna. I hope Aparna has loads more interesting tales to tell.
Good luck!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: swati verma on April 24, 2011 :
GREAT work Aparna!
-Swati
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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