But, Baby, It's Cold Outside

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
A seasonal short story to bring some cheer into the cold, grey winter. More
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About Stuart Aken

Writing since I could hold a pencil, I've always been fascinated by words and their power to entertain, transform, educate, illuminate, and influence. Stories are fundamental to human beings; they form an essential part of our psyche. It's an honour to be privileged to tell my own versions of tales that have abounded for millennia.
Born in Hull, England, in 1948, I had my first writing published as illustrated articles for the British photographic press at age 19. I stilll take photographs in a semi-professional capacity. I have 8 published novels, a science fiction novella, a self-help guide to ME/CFS, and several anthologies. My fiction started with a radio play, Hitch Hiker, broadcast by BBC Radio 4 in the 1970s. My short stories have been published and have been prizewinners in competitions.
I'm married to a charming, intelligent and lovely lady who proof-reads my work. We have a daughter who, at the time of writing, is working in Australia.

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Reviews of But, Baby, It's Cold Outside by Stuart Aken

Marcia Carrington reviewed on Feb. 8, 2012

An interesting battle of the sexes where the highlight is the dialogue between the story's couple in question, which was enjoyable to read.
(review of free book)
Linda Acaster reviewed on Dec. 12, 2011

This feel-good festive story is ideal for a Smartphone/Kindle fillip in an annoying day as it is destined to leave you with a wry smile. However, don’t let the title lull you into thinking of a similarly titled song. It’s not quite that straightforward. I loved the narrator’s arch tone, as icy as the path investigated in sockless boots and very little else. And the interloping visitor… but to say more would give the game away. Heck, the story’s free. Find out for yourself!
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Avril Field-Taylor reviewed on Dec. 10, 2011

I always find with SA's work that you can never take it on face value. Here we have, superficially at least, a story about sexual equality. But is it as simple as that? Difficult to tell because the humour tends to distract the reader, in the nicest possible way. I loved the description of her slipping over on the ice. And the dotty neighbour was beautifully drawn with the least possible strokes but still comes over as a fully fledged character. So what is the theme of this story? Compromise? Lust? Or a revelation that the sexes can never be equal, but omitting to say which comes out on top - pun intended.
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