How is this inspirational? God provides kids who are happy, healthy, fed but fails to touch the starving in the world? This is pap for the soul. Well written pap,perhaps, but pap nonetheless. Odd how one candle can heat an old wooden farmhouse in the middle of a snowy field. Odd how a mother can work until 3am every morning and get up a mere 3 hours later to work. Odd how the God-fearing woman had her kids out of wedlock. Too many oddities and impossibilities.
This would be quite a good story if it didn't have basic spelling errors in it and sexual action that beggars belief. Remarkable how our fellatrix can get his cock into her mouth without removing his pants and why is she wearing a bra in bed? Anal sex without any effort? She might have been relaxed but not lubricated. A bit of verisimilitude would be helpful.
I enjoy flash fiction - it's great for reading on the bus and train on the way home and so to read a well-written, entertaining anthology was quite a treat. This is a well edited book with a most interesting selection of stories. Very few duds - most of them quite brilliant. I'll read more Stringybark in future.
Gems on Smashwords are as rare as diamonds. This is one of those few diamonds that make this place worthwhile. Beautifully written with marvellous description. It is a haunting tale. Admittedly I'm not sure I 'get it' yet, but the writing is so lovely, it hardly matters.
One of my big bugbears has been the difficulty in finding quality contemporary short stories for e-books. I seemingly don't have to look any further. This is a beaut anthology of excellent stories. Well laid out with nary a typo to be found. Like Sean Lee (below), I now have a completely new relationship with salad greens!
I very much enjoyed this anthology of short stories. "The Bridge" itself is powerful but also has a lovely humorous undertone which makes the story a delight to read. The other tales all just as good and vary varied. I found one or two typos but given what is published today I'll give the publisher the benefit of the doubt. This is an excellent collection and obviously part of an on-going series which I will read.
Top class anthology of historical fiction stories relating to Australia. For anyone with even a passing interest in history these stories will entertain and inform (an unusual combination on Smashwords). As Dorian Grey states below, the production quality of this e-book is high. No typos or layout errors in my download. Great work.
I read to paragraph four and gave up, Words misspelt and grammar missing. For example: thru instead of through; beet instead of beat; stipend instead of stripped. If you can't spell, don't write. Writing is about communication. Ernest Winchester in his review below was spot on.
Stories written in the 2nd person always take a little getting used to. I think this story would be better written in the first person — it tends to be a bit more erotic. Pretty good sexual tension but towards the end it read very much like a man writing, which perhaps confused the style even more. Keep writing!
I enjoyed this book simply because of the inter-generational perspectives given by the authors (Mother, children and grand-children). This makes history live. An excellent memoir of the terrible suffering the people of Malta endured from the Nazis during WWII. An excellent read.
Flash fiction is damn hard to write. It has to be meaty enough to be interesting and yet short enough to make it, well, flash fiction. This is a nifty little collection. Most of them were dark and so it would have been good to have the occasional uplifting tale. As Yuri notes below, a little more care with the spelling and grammar would help. Worth a read!
Never judge a book by its cover. I saw the cover and I thought, nah, but I've read a few other Stringybark publications so I gave it a go. There are some gems in this collection. The title story Marngrook is just poetic - as well as fascinating. Australian history comes alive in this collection. Well worth a read.
This is a fine collection of stories. The variety of subjects covered is broad and the styles of individual authors satisfying. Stephen Atkinson's story, "Dining by Moonlight" would delight any afficianado of horror, whilst David Wilkinson's tale, "Hitler Did It," is a highly satisfying mystery story. But all these stories are well written and worth reading, again and again.
I'm very fond of both historical fiction and short stories and so to find both combined in this neat little anthology was a great prize. The winning story. "Stew and Sinkers" is a real doozy, but all the stories chosen for this anthology are a great read. I hope Stringybark will do another history collection soon.