Fusion

Rated 5.00/5 based on 8 reviews
Crime, passion, ghosts, obsession, hope, faith, and new beginnings - you will find all these things, and more, within these pages. Maria Savva's latest collection is sure to please, with haunting and psychological tales, blended with romantic and humourous ones. A diverse collection of thought provoking and eventful stories written to entertain and inspire, brought together by 'fusion'. More

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Language: English
About Maria Savva

Maria was born in London in 1970
She is a qualified solicitor as well as a writer
Maria Savva's published works:
'Coincidences' 2001
'A Time to Tell' 2006
'Pieces of a Rainbow' 2009
'Love and Loyalty (and Other Tales)' 2010
'Second Chances' 2010
'Cutting The Fat' 2011 (co-author Jason McIntyre)
'Fusion' 2011
'Flames', a short story, appears in 'The BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology - Volume 1' 2011
'The Dream' 2011
'Isolation', a short story, appears in 'The BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology - Volume 2' 2011
'Winter Blues' - a short story, appears in 'The BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology - Volume 3' 2011
'Michaela' - a short story, appears in 'The BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology - Volume 4' 2012
'Coincidences' 2nd Edition 2012
'Haunted' 2012

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Reviews

Review by: Elyse Draper on Oct. 01, 2012 :
What a fun little bit of scribe scribbles! Short stories for every genre ... Maria Savva puts a new definition to speculative, romantic fiction with this lovely little anthology!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jess C Scott on May 04, 2012 :
I don't judge books totally by their cover, though I have to say that I really appreciate the thought that goes behind Maria Savva's book covers. For the longest time, I thought the cover of 'Fusion' was a photo of a white flower against a black background. I've only just realised "what the picture is, really," and how the black and white tones in the photo seem to be a "seamless fusion."

I was initially surprised and intrigued with the table of contents (feat. 22 stories). I assumed that they'd be of 'flash fiction' length (i.e. short short stories), which I've always enjoyed reading because there tends to be focus in a well-written short piece (as opposed to long novels with a lot of filler text).

I found the writing style to be very clean and sharp, which made for easy reading, which reminded me of the following quote from Nathaniel Hawthorn: "easy reading is damn hard writing."

There were very, very nice twists to certain stories, and I liked the scope of the stories. Seemingly ordinary people in ordinary circumstances, yet with a profound simplicity that can escape us as we hurtle on in our "technologically advanced" age where speed and new things seem to matter above all else.

Ms. Savva's work is original and personal, and individualistic yet 'social' at the same time, in the sense that the characters and storyline are things people everywhere can relate to. That to me is what really captured the 'fusion' in Fusion. "Thought provoking and eventful stories written to entertain and inspire," indeed!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mark Rice on Dec. 05, 2011 :
The short story is one of the most difficult writing forms to master. Like full-length fiction, an effective short story must have a distinct beginning, middle and end. Unlike long fiction, there’s no room for pontification; all literary fat must be trimmed off, leaving only what is vital to the plot. In Fusion, a collection of masterfully crafted short stories by Maria Savva, the subject matter is very much rooted in reality. Each story explores a particular aspect of humanity: love, longing, greed, cruelty, justice and compassion, to name a few. Many of the stories have a moral, like modern-day Aesop’s fables, making them all the more remarkable. Another strength of the stories in Fusion is their plausibility. You won't find vampires, werewolves or adolescent wizards here, and the collection is all the better for it. Maria Savva is a natural storyteller and an incisive observer of the human condition. Her short stories are celebrations - sometimes dark-tinged ones - of what it is to be human. Like all the best artists, she makes it look easy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Joel Kirkpatrick on July 12, 2011 :
Fusion is an eclectic collection of powerful shorts by Maria Savva. Varied as they are in subject, Maria puts a common theme within each story and the book could have been eponymously titled 'Maria's Feelings'. What she has done is showcase her view of people, and sometimes from vantage points we do not expect.

It is easy to imagine these writings came to life because she merely saw something interesting for a moment:
A man feeding ducks in a park, but with such sadness in his eyes – it became the poignant ‘The last time he saw her”
A beleaguered social worker with an overly full satchel, struggling in the rain to make if from an estate to her car – and it sparked the darkness of ‘A vicious circle’
A gas-man, staring helplessly at his clipboard, trying to figure an address in multistoried housing – and Maria creates ‘Cold calling’

Maria has been all these places, for the blink of an eye, but she creates from those instants such an expanse of story. This is a wonderful collection. Please read it, and enjoy it as I do.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Stacy Juba on July 11, 2011 :
I don't normally read short story collections, but I was very interested in reading this after enjoying one of Maria Savva's novels. These stories were so enjoyable with well drawn characters, unexpected endings and original premises that kept me turning the pages. The author has a knack for quickly drawing readers into a story so that even when you have chores to do, you wind up reading "just one more." A great read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Darcia Helle on July 10, 2011 :
In this eclectic collection of short stories, Maria Savva grabs hold and leaves her indelible impression. Her characters are at once familiar and their journeys could be our own. While there is no specific theme tying these stories together, the one consistent undercurrent is Savva's honesty. She shines a light beneath the surface and shows the hurt, hope, love, and loneliness that resides in us all.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Julie Elizabeth Powell on July 10, 2011 :
This is another wonderful collection of delightful stories from Maria Savva, all with twists and turns and surprising endings.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book with its wealth of ‘easy to know’ characters, which bring to life these simple yet clever ideas.

It’s amazing how a story can evolve from the tiniest spark, and Maria shows her genius again and again.

I particularly liked The Legacy and The Time Machine, where hopes and wishes are successfully explored.

Highly recommended.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sharon E. Cathcart on July 09, 2011 :
Maria Savva's short fiction anthology, "Fusion," is a real treat. Unlike many such collections, wherein the quality of the stories is variable, each one of Savva's pieces is a delight.

Savva manages to put a complete story -- and always with an unexpected twist -- into just a few pages. There were no "clunkers" to be found, whether it was a romance, sci-fi or even a ghost story.

Highly recommended.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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