Nicely written short story. Butt he description of the story is completely misleading. Reading this as an apocalyptic piece means it is full of holes. Reading it as someone too poor to manage an American winter gives a completely different perspective on the story. Further, Lester does no contemplating of his mortality...
A nicely written tale - I'd change the story description so as not to give away the ending. I think it would be more poignant that way. No typos or any of the other irritations that bug so many Smashwords offerings.
Five stars. I can't fault this book of clever, witty and sometimes exasperating short stories — all with a twist. 'Tainted Innocence' - the cover story is excellent with a most surprising end. 'The Bullet' is innovative and edgy. A terrific anthology. Great layout and no typos, which is practically a first for these Smashwords books.
The content of this little book is excellent, but sadly the delivery of the information is poor. It comes over as an unadulterated rant. Not only is punctuation and grammar lacking but the construction of the message is messy, repetitive and thus unclear. A good re-write would do this wonders.
I believe that this is the first of many Stringybark anthologies. I've now read a few of them now and it's beaut mate! There is a certain charm about some of these tales that make them quite unforgettable. Kerry Cameron's story, "Black and White" is just wonderful. Jeanette Fegan's story, "Violet and the Opera" will raise issues that are so familiar to many of us but still gets us to see the familiar in a different light. And remember to speak to your lettuce, Raymond Southwell. You need to read the book to understand the last point - its very funny. A great book and I look forward to reading more.
The dialogue was a little stilted and the damage done to the antagonist was way over the top compared to the sin. Hence the plot lacked some realism. This theme has also been done before quite a few times.
Quite well written gore and splatter. I'd not call it a thriller as there was nothing to thrill about. It was morbid, morose and deranged. The layout (all centred) made it difficult to read and the typos were funny - eg heroine for heroin.
This is a clever, wicked collection of 35 short stories written from authors all around the world. I have found it difficult to identify my favourite as they are so diverse. "Lake of Fire" by Frances Warren has a very nasty twist which I didn't see coming (acutally, most of these stories have a twist - some nasty, some not.) "Parsnip Soup" was a horror tale in the best of the genre while "Hellz Bakehouse" summed up the sins in a nutshell. What imaginative authors. Great work and well edited. No grammatical errors.
This isn't an erotic book but it is a sensuous one. Morgana McLeod has a way with words that just thrill the senses and some of the stories are so clever and all fit within one thousand words. This is a fresh collection of clever short story writing.