The Trees: A Collection

Adult
Rated 4.00/5 based on 14 reviews
Monsters, legends, and things that we would rather not think about, this collection of three short stories and two pieces of flash fiction will treat readers to a strange and frightening world that lies in the shadows of the Pacific Northwest.
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Price: Free! USD

Words: 12,660
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466002388
About Todd Brabander

Todd Brabander is an author, musician, and artist from Portland OR. His projects range in style from comedy, to absurdist, to horror, and usually have a Pacific Northwest flavor.
His work aims to capture a twisted and often humorous view of the normal world.
He has been in several music groups, had his writing published online, and has publicly displayed visual art.
He is a big fan of the Oxford comma.

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Reviews

Review by: James Jenkins on Jan. 07, 2014 :
A good collection of different stories. Some are better than others. My first from this author, going to look for more.
(review of free book)

Review by: Sara Thompson on Jan. 26, 2012 :
A wonderful collection of short stories. I found them facinating and interesting.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Emily Tuley on Jan. 10, 2012 :
Book Title: The Trees: A collection of Stories

Author: Todd Brabander

Published By: Todd Brabander

Genre: Horror (Flash Fiction)

Recommended Age: 18+

Reviewed By: Emily Tuley / AngelsCryHavoc

Blog Reviewed For: Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community

Rating: 3 Ravens

Living in the Pacific Northwest it was a treat to find this book and also have my curiosity for it wet already being as I’m originally from the east coast and some things here are every bit as intriguing as they were five years ago when I first moved here. It’s amazing how sometimes you just realize you haven’t gotten out of your home after moving as much as you thought you had. But with the little rant on the side I have to carry on with my work.

The Trees is a collection of short stories each one was compelling but, one or two lacked the connection I felt that the others held in the book. I wished some were more elaborated upon I felt some were lacking in detail but others were very well written and achieved what I felt was the desired affect they were going for shock, horror, and a little surprise.

Larouche: A very nice short story about the town of Astoria, the characters were intriguing and I felt that if the author had taken the time it would have and could have been stretched into a novel all it’s own, it shows the potential of the writer and what he is very capable of accomplishing even sending a few chills up my spine and creating a curiosity for the unknown.

Happiness is a Dead Ladybug: Emotional pull of a story that leaves you feeling empty just as the Robot does later. It could have had more depth and filler but I felt that it was just as it should be perfectly empty it also has a moment of tension build up that has you thinking something more might just happen.

Sheltered: This was a wonderful tale, the horrible thought that the children had been held captive in a cellar and that the world around them was going through a post apocalyptic uproar was intriguing only to later have it found out that their grandfather was a crazy old man that had lied to them all their lives even as far as having the granddaughter still stuck with a bit of Stockholm syndrome.

The Tree: This was a wonderful story even like the character I found myself believing in the innocence and helpfulness of all the other trees and that one shouldn’t always trust what one is told…

The first Date: This one left me a little baffled I wasn’t sure where it fit in and it’s ending had me a little lost with the time I took to flip back and read it again I have to admit I am not sure where this one comes into play but if we were to be left curious and a little confused it worked.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Andrea on Jan. 05, 2012 :
This book contained 5 short stories. I received an e-book through a member giveaways program. I read this in just 2 sittings-I started late at night so I just read the first three stories and finished the other 2 the next morning. These stories were all so different and some were a little quirky. The only thing that bothered me just slightly was that there were some places in a couple of the stories that seemed a little jumpy and changed quite unexpectedly. Overall I enjoyed this quick read and my favorite story was The Trees which had a twist at the end that I didn't quite see coming. I received this book through a member giveaway program in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Carol Brannigan on Dec. 25, 2011 :
This short story collection has a couple good ones and the reminder are a bit of meh.

Larouche: This was creepy and spooky and set the undertones very well.

Happiness is a Dead Ladybug: A bit endearing but a little on the short side. I felt there was more to work with and that this could really have been a nice existential piece- but it fell short.

Sheltered: This was one that worked well for me as I tend to like post-apocalyptic stuff. It wasn't overly original but done well enough for enjoyment.

The Tree: The premise was good but the story as a whole was confusing. I wish there has been a little more meat to it.

The first Date: This was not the right way to end - specifically because it seemed very incomplete. I not quite sure what it was even about.

All in all I give it an average of 3 stars. The author has potential but its not been really tapped very well.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Cyndi Westover on Dec. 23, 2011 :
I just finished The Trees by Todd Brabander. The stories are solid and enjoyable. Reading them reminded me of when I first discovered science fiction and horror stories, I felt like I was reading vignettes like those from The Illustrated Man. I was surprised by the ending of Sheltered and believe it is my favorite of the collection for that reason. the Robot seemed a bit out of place in the collection, but, I enjoyed it nonetheless. Thanks for the read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Magnus Eriksen on Dec. 21, 2011 :
Having read this book, I was a bit disappointed. I felt the stories could have been embroided more. There are some really good potential, but I felt quite empty after reading the stories.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ethan Russell Erway on Dec. 20, 2011 :
This collection of short stories was a fun read. I think the author has a lot of potential and would be interested in reading more of his work. The trees was my favorite story in the collection. I also enjoyed Laroche, but would have liked to see this story developed a bit more as I thought the concept was a very interesting one, but as the saying goes, always leave the crowd wanting more. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys clever short stories.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: April on Dec. 19, 2011 :
The Trees was a nice quick read that was both engaging and detailed. Of the five stories, my favorite was "Laroche" which takes place in Astoria, an area I have visited in the past. The story has an unexpected ending which makes it all the more intriguing
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Ruff on Dec. 18, 2011 :
I just finished The Trees by Todd Brabander and loved it! It's a collection of short stories and my favorite one was "The Trees"! What is so very cool too is the author is from the Pacific Northwest!

Please add this book to your must read list!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kathleen Kelley on Dec. 04, 2011 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed The Trees: A Collection. These stories by Todd Brabander were very reminiscent of the stories of one of the greatest short story writers, Ray Bradbury. Especially “Happiness is a Dead Ladybug” and “Sheltered,” which had a sci-fi feel with a humorous or ironic twist. The first story, “Laroche” was like a good campfire ghost story…creepy. And the title story, kind of a modern day fairy tale, is like Hansel & Gretel meets Lord of the Rings meets The Blair Witch Project. They all gave me the same cozy warm feeling that a good Bradbury story gives me. Loved it!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kathleen Kelley on Dec. 04, 2011 :
I really enjoyed The Trees: A Collection. These stories by Todd Brabander were very reminiscent of the stories of one of the greatest short story writers, Ray Bradbury. Especially “Happiness is a Dead Ladybug” and “Sheltered,” which had a sci-fi feel with a humorous or ironic twist. The first story, “Laroche” was like a good campfire ghost story…creepy. And the title story, kind of a modern day fairy tale, is like Hansel & Gretel meets Lord of the Rings meets The Blair Witch Project. They all gave me the same cozy warm feeling that a good Bradbury story gives me. Loved it!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Katy Sozaeva on Dec. 03, 2011 :
Todd Brabander has a great talent for creating a scene that starts out perfectly normal and natural, and ends up somewhere ... WAY beyond the rainbow. The stories in this anthology are no exception - they are all absolute gems that will haunt you and stick with you. The one that has stuck with me the most is "The Trees," the "title track" of this anthology, so to speak. This was a really creepy story. His stories usually have a great twist to them, too. So, if you like short stories, if you want something to read whilst on the bus or at work or just when you have a few minutes here and there, this book is definitely for you! Check it out!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: S Reindersma on Nov. 27, 2011 :
Excellent. Mr. Brabander writes a beautifully descriptive and well developed short story. Each chapter has a unique voice that sets it apart from the others. A great read on a Sunday morning. The imagery of "The Trees" will certainly haunt me the next time I'm too long on the trail.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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