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Claire Farrell is an Irish author who spends her days separating warring toddlers. When all five children are in bed, she overdoses on caffeine in the hope she can stay awake long enough to write some more dark flash fiction, y/a paranormal romance and urban fantasy.
on Jan. 28, 2014 :
A very short collection of very short stories (flash fiction). Nasty little horror stories, some supernatural and some about the evil that humans do. Although there are some decently creepy atmospheres and scary moments, these stories are overall pretty facile. Horror 101, where the intention may actually have been to undermine some of the tropes common in Horror 101. I agree with other reviewers who felt that the majority of these stories felt like high school creative writing assignments.
I have read two YA novels by this author -- one I loved and one that was good but not great. I plan to read some of her adult novels, as well. Some of the stories in this collection are plainly YA, while others are not at all appropriate for that age, so I'm also a bit confused about its intended audience.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on Aug. 14, 2011 :
Most are great short stories, enjoyed them. The detail and flow were good, most plot lines were good, a couple needed a bit more explanation for me to feel them as more than words on a page. Overall a very solid collection, would recommend it to anyone intrigued by the description.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
on July 27, 2011 :
Outstanding short stories full of detail. I honestly couldn't believe how much was crammed into like 2 and 3 pages. Probably the best example of flash fiction I've read.
And the stories themselves, also outstanding. There were at least a couple of times when I thought I knew where the story was going... but I was wrong, and I'm glad the stories aren't so predictable. Very well done. Thanks for the read, author.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Dec. 28, 2010 :
Read it in a afternoon, taking each story with more interest than the previous. Loved the themes, and loved the way the author wants to surprise you with each of them.
Some make you smile, some scares you, some make you think... Death is always present, omnipresent in fact.
Liked it very much, it's a little piece of entertainment.
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)