Mario Milosevic

Biography

Mario Milosevic was born in a refugee camp in Italy, grew up in Canada, and holds a degree in philosophy and mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He now lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, fellow writer Kim Antieau. His poems, stories, and novels have appeared in many venues, both print and online.

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Books

The Burning Artist
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,860. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2014 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Alternative history
Franz Kafka’s final months battling tuberculosis find the author weary and miserable. When the pain becomes too much to endure, he turns to his scribbling for comfort. But Dora, the woman he loves, harbors other plans. Franz’s final work faces an epic and historic disaster even his imagination could not conjure. A tale of love, destiny, and the power of art.
The Gambler's Tale
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2012 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Amanda’s aunt gives her a magic dice that will help Amanda make any decision she needs to make in her life. Amanda uses the dice to pick her career and decide if she should marry Alex or not. When her daughter Laura wants to use the dice for her own life decisions, Amanda must decide if the dice has truly been a boon in her life or a convenient crutch.
How the Clouds Became Domesticated
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2012 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Lisa’s wife Carl brings home a cloud. The cloud messes up Lisa’s living room and is a nuisance to have around. But as time goes on, Lisa grows to like the cloud. When they find abandoned aircraft and old kites in the cloud, things start to really get weird. And when Carl disappears, Lisa knows life will never be the same for her, for Carl, or the cloud.
Miniatures
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,200. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Mario Milosevic, acclaimed poet and short story writer, offers 41 very short stories in this gem-packed volume. By turns funny, fantastic, witty, fabulous, and poignant, these brief tales—some of which have previously been published in magazines, anthologies, and websites—are guaranteed to intrigue, amuse, and move.
Under the Mask
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,270. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2012 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Helen wakes up one morning with an urge to get rid of her husband, Jerry. She kicks Jerry until he leaves. As she breaks dishes, lamps, dressers, and doors, Jerry looks for a way back into his house, but his efforts are complicated by a neighbor with the same destructive urges as Helen. As Helen and the neighbor destroy his house, Jerry has to fight them both if he wants his old life back.
Before the Birds
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2012 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Tom’s parents want to teach him the value of life. They present him with a bill for his upbringing, to be paid beginning on his 18th birthday. Tom accepts the bill and takes it with him on his walk around the neighborhood. That’s when he’s confronted with a shotgun-toting neighbor afraid of burglars. With his very existence hanging in the balance, Tom gets a true lesson in the value of life.
The Restless Wanderer
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,380. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2012 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
An astronaut returns from Mars and everything changes. He loses his memory, paper robots skitter everywhere, and is kept in a rudimentary cell against his will. When he escapes his incarceration he encounters an entourage of forest dwellers who promise to reveal the truth to him no matter what it will cost him. Meanwhile the wasps have plans of their own and they are swarming.
Hail Mary
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
For Clarice, football is a religion and game day is like going to church. She even dons a VR suit plugged into her team’s quarterback to enhance her sacred experience. For her husband Grant, football is little more than an amusement. He does not understand Clarice’s obsession. When Grant undertakes to sabotage her VR experience of Super Bowl Sunday, no one on or off the field will be safe.
Weedhead
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,650. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2012 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Owlspeak, once a feared warrior and protector of the land, battles a crippling illness that keeps her indoors, out of the natural world. When Weedhead, a young would-be warrior, arrives at her shack seeking her gift, Owlspeak treats her with scorn. But Weedhead slowly endears herself to Owlspeak until Owlspeak asks Weedhead for the ultimate gift: a peaceful end to her wretched existence.
The Crying Stone
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,550. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2012 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
The old gargoyle hangs by the courtyard, cold and silent, but not dead. The spark of life burns inside him. When an old man approaches the gargoyle looking for wisdom, the gargoyle must decide how much of the truth to reveal. His answer will change the old man’s life forever.
The Infinite Garden
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2012 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Ralph decides to take up gardening as a way to escape his fear of the spiders in his house. But when his garden gets out of hand and he needs to build an infinite greenhouse to enclose it, things get very weird. Then an encounter with a spider brings terror back into his life and Ralph must find a way to save his own sanity.
Claypot Dreamstance
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,210. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2012 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Once a well-liked artist with a charmed existence, Claypot Dreamstance’s life cracks wide open when his young daughter dies in a drowning accident. Crippled by depression and grief, Claypot is on the verge of losing everything, including his life, when a couple decides to help him survive. They will succeed only if they can make Claypot see beauty in the world, even without his daughter in it.
Marble Angels
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2012 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A plastic surgeon receives a strange patient when a marble angel raps on her window and asks for a radical procedure. At first the surgeon is hesitant, but the charm and beauty of the statue changes her mind. She gives the marble angel what she wants. The procedure is a success, but the result is bittersweet. A haunting fantasy of the sacrifice love sometimes asks of us.
The Kick
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,820. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2012 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Ever since he got kicked in the head as a young boy, John can’t shake the urge to kick people. His compulsion remains in check for most of his life until one evening when he encounters a particularly inept guitar player and the urge threatens to overwhelm him.
The Universe of Death
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2012 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Henry decides to spice up his space journey to the big crunch with a simulacrum of Amelia, his old girlfriend, and Death, his old nemesis. Everything goes along swimmingly for a while until Henry decides he’s bored and takes drastic measure. Then Death and Amelia have to fight it out to see who will survive and who will be deleted.
The Last Last Meal
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,260. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Liz runs a greasy spoon near a prison where death row inmates wait to be executed. One night she takes an order for a last meal from a guy who is most likely innocent of the crime he is going to die for. Liz wants to make the meal as good as she possibly can, as a gift for his passing. But then she decides she needs to go to the prison and do something more substantial for the condemned man.
The Overtaker
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
Lance, one of the eccentrics in town, swishes his long net through trees, hoping to snag the souls of dead people. His fellow citizens think he’s a little slow, but they live and let live and so does Lance. One day Lance finds a bottle with some strange contents that could threaten his role in town. Lance figures out what’s in the bottle and discovers what his rightful place in town truly is.
To Make a Puppet of Me
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
First she was born a doll. Then her parents abandoned her. Then she became a puppet. It’s all a little too much for an ordinary toy, but no one said survival was going to be easy, even for a puppet.
The King's Tale
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
As the sea level rises, the king’s land disappears and his subjects flee. His last friend leaves his island empire and the king, with one last heroic effort, grasps for a chance to help his land survive.
The Coma Monologues
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,100. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Do stories have the power to heal? For Gary Hawken, life in a coma offers few perks. Nurses care for him and people sit by his bed and tell him stories, but the glorious mess of life passes him by. In a world where survival depends on his ability to understand his stories, Gary must recognize the value of his own soul. A hypnotic tale of one man’s struggle to find the truth in his own epic life.
The Corrosive Properties of Dream States
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,350. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Ever since her father killed himself, Debbie and her archaeologist mom do everything together. They even go time travelling when Debbie’s mother gets a chance to research the disappearance of the Anasazi first hand by going to their cliff dwellings a few thousand years ago. But when they get there, things aren’t what they expected, and Debbie discovers a secret about her father she never knew.
The Spirit in the Ink
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,800. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
A lonely old tattoo artist gets a mysterious call in the middle of the night. A customer needs a tattoo urgently. The tattooist agrees, but when the customer arrives, he brings a strange aura with him, a mixture of danger and mystery. The tattoo artist recognizes death when he sees it, and before he finishes with this client, he will see a lot more of death than he ever thought possible.
The Night Alex Almost Flew Over Old Lady Grayson's Place
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,450. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Every kid in town flies over Grayson castle when they turn 11. It is the town’s rite of passage and now it is Alex’s turn. He isn’t sure he has the courage to accept the dare, but knows if he declines he’ll lose all his friends. He takes the leap and survives the first part, but when he crash lands on the roof and a strange voice begins talking to him, he wonders if he’ll get out alive.
They Taste Like Chicken
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,390. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Dan and his hunting buddy have seen a lot of things in the woods over the years, but their latest outing brings them face to face with game they’ve never encountered before. They not only don’t know what the animals are, they don’t know if they can live without tasting them again. The only problem is finding more of them and keeping the knowledge of their intoxicating taste to themselves.
The Clex Are Our Friends
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,110. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Alien races clash on a remote planet laden with mineral riches. Earth successfully intervenes to save the peace, quell the fighting, and protect the valuable resources. Now human soldiers must deploy to the battlefield planet and make friends with the locals. No one will be safe.
Killing Time
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,720. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Time is supposed to be something you can count on. But not if you’re a physicist’s spouse. Then time is as elastic as love. You never know what will stop it and you never know what will get it started again.
Faith
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - general
When the UPS driver turns out to be an alien with a mysterious package that could upend human history, Mac, the family dog, makes it known that she does not approve. Her master defends humanity and is brought before an alien committee to explain his violent deed. The fate of humanity hangs in the balance while he musters the poise he needs to defend himself, his family, and his planet.
Kyle's War
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,570. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Kyle’s typical teen’s life crumbles when the feds brutally arrest his parents for subversive activities. Abandoned, frightened, and ostracized, Kyle has little hope of getting his life back. A secret network helps Kyle escape to Canada where he learns his family harbors a horrific and violent secret that will make Kyle question everything he thought he knew about loyalty, war, love, and peace.
My Administration
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,380. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Forget 15 minutes of fame. What about 15 minutes of pure power? In the future everyone will have a chance to be president. The only catch is your term of office will last only one quarter of one hour. What can anyone, even the most powerful person in the world, do in 900 seconds? One man finds out and tells his whole glorious story to the world.
The Doctor and the Clown
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,730. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
An ice storm. Two passengers stranded on a bus: a doctor who lost his passion for medicine long ago and a clown who no longer cares about being funny. The storm lasts well past the midnight hour. The world may choose this night to come to its end.
Assistance
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,790. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Hugh's dentist finds evidence of a mysterious double living inside Hugh’s body. Hugh, completely freaked out, flees from the office and falls into the hands of a mysterious woman who offers to help him over his trauma. As her intentions become clear, Hugh realizes she intends to delve into the mysterious doppelganger with ruthless efficiency and scarcely a thought for Hugh’s welfare.
The Printer of Island Castle
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,460. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
In the printer’s world ink is the ultimate judge: if she prints a poem of quality the ink stays fixed on the page. If the work is inferior, the ink disappears. Few poets can please the ink and the printer is resigned to producing pages that quickly become blank. Then she meets a poet whose relentless need to express himself draws her into his world and she may not come out of it the same.
Remembrance of Things to Come
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,360. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Two strangers meet on a train. One knows the future. The other wants to forget the past. Together they will find and cherish the most important moments of their lives.
The Last Giant
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,910. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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Firefly yearns to tattoo giants, just like her mother. But one morning a rogue giant kidnaps her mother and takes her up to the plateau, a dangerous place for all river people. Firefly attempts to rescue her mother, putting her own life in peril. Then she learns her mother harbors a secret that calls into question everything Firefly ever believed about her people, her family, and herself.
Dead Letters
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2011 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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Bart’s ghost writing job finds him penning letters from a deceased man to send to his widow. It’s a weird job, sure, but it’s a living. Then one day Bart gets a call. “Is this the place that sends letters from my Max?” and fear strikes at Bart’s soul. What does he do if no one wants his ghost written letters? What is his responsibility to those who have passed on?
In the Library
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2010 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Lowell never thought a library could be the most dangerous place in the universe. Then he gets an assignment to retrieve a book from the Universal Library. He soon encounters marauding bands of library patrons crazed with blood lust. Before long Lowell is in a battle to the death that will test his strength, his courage, and his dedication to the beneficial effects of books and literature.
Love Life: Poems
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,470. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2010 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Love is that sobering and paradoxical state of being in which one’s own happiness depends upon the welfare of another. The author’s third volume of poetry examines love in its many guises: familial, romantic, erotic, and Platonic.
Fantasy Life: Poems
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,230. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2010 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Barbie’s retirement. Gambling fairies. Love sick giants. All this and more in a book of poems exploring the fantastic side of life. Unhindered by conventional notions of reality, Milosevic writes poems about monogamous house keys, the moon in his living room, the secret lives of telephones. Also: ghosts, angels, cosmic gluttons, Pegasus, Albert Einstein and Ray Harryhausen. Really.
Why I Still Have Not Written My Flatland Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,420. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2010 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Essay » Literature
Mario Milosevic chronicles his attempts to equal or better Edwin Abbott’s 125-year-old Flatland novel as he explains his ideas for a Flatland story set in the skin of a dead whale. Part memoir, part essay, part story, this exploration of the intricacies of creativity takes you on a road not yet taken and invites you to consider the question: Are some stories better off not written at all?
Animal Life: Poems
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,490. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2010 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(5.00)
A collection of poems by a noted Canadian/American poet on the subject of the creatures we nurture, kill, admire, eat, hate, abandon, fear, cage, breed, protect, slaughter, love, envy, emulate, domesticate, curse, and ignore: animals of all shapes, sizes, and dispositions. Some of these poems have appeared previously in various magazines. The remainder are original to this volume.
Up Above the World So High
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,210. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2010 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Camille and Anny are teenagers and best friends aboard World, a sailing ship of the post-apocalyptic future. World roams the ocean endlessly in an attempt to protect its crew and passengers from the savage dangers on land. When Anny becomes enamored of life on land and decides to leave World, she asks Camille to come with her. Camille’s decision will change both their lives forever.
Terrastina and Mazolli: a Novel in 99-word Episodes
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,110. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2010 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Follow the everyday adventures of coffee shop owners Terrastina and Mazolli and their precocious twin daughters. Laugh and cry alongside them as they manage their business and cope with the eccentric members of their small town community. A sweet story filled with love, humor, and penguins. You’ll never look at a cup of joe the same way again. Bonus features include an interview with the author.
Winding Broomcorn
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2010 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A man in the winter of his life carries on his family’s tradition of making brooms. Making the world safe for witches, is the way his wife used to put it. One day a stranger comes to his workshop with an urgent request.
The Lost Day
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2010 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Alternative history
Noah, collector of animals, trying to save the world. Darwin, collector of animals, trying to understand the world. What happens when these two titans of bygone days meet and talk shop? A tale of history as it might have been.
Parallel Moons
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,230. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2010 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The moon. Engine of tides and inspiration to lovers. Unchanging and eternal. Or is it? What if the moon disappeared? Savor three intertwined tales of the vanished moon: extinguished by semantics, indifference, and love.
Will
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2010 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Put enough monkeys in a room, randomly punching keyboards, and eventually, with enough time, one of them will type out a classic work of literature. Only problem, if you’re the monkey who types Hamlet, is what to do for an encore.
How the Owl Learned that Being Wise isn’t Everything
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,530. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2010 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales
What happens when a know-it-all has to walk her talk? A charming tale of a gentle comeuppance.
Cold Comfort
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,770. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2010 by Green Snake Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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Love can outlast hard times and absent times. But can it outlast the universe itself? This story took first place in the 8th annual short story competition at sfreader dot com.

Smashwords book reviews by Mario Milosevic

  • Jabberwock on Feb. 16, 2011

    Mix a gritty desert war setting with a dash of Lewis Carroll and you get this harrowing take on soldiers confronting a danger literally beyond their imaginations. The suspense is real, the details grisly, and the story simultaneously fascinating and repulsive. Think of the worst thing that could happen to someone. This is worse than that.