The Sprite And I

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What happens when a man finds a water sprite in his kitchen sink? And worse, what if it has an agenda? For Harold, with a hangover from a Christmas party, this is exactly what happens. Worse, the sprite insists Santa has been "spirited" away by an evil Vila, and so must be saved. For Harold, the reluctant hero, and committed nonbeliever in fairy creatures, this is all just too a little too much..

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About Rob Shelsky

Rob Shelsky is an avid and eclectic writer, and averages about 4,000 words a day. He has several novels to his credit and two anthologies, with two romances out now, a Regency romance, Verity, along with the sequel, Faith, and soon to come, a time-travel romance.

Rob has written science fiction articles for such magazines as The Internet Review of Science Fiction, numerous articles for AlienSkin Magazine, Neometropolis, Midnight Street (UK), Doorways, and other publications. Rob has had short stories published with Jim Baen’s Universe, Aberrant Dreams, AlienSkin, Gateway SF, Fifth Dimension, Continuum SF, Sonar4, Uncial Press, Planetary Stories, Pulp Spirit Magazine, Sex & Murder, and many more. He has a novella coming out in early 2010 with Aberrant Dreams Magazine’s first hardcover edition anthology, The Awakening. Rob’s novella, Avenger Of The People, will appear there alongside the works of such sci-fi greats as Alastair Reynolds, Ian Watson, Jana Oliver, Robert Madle, and just so many others. There is even an introduction by Jack McDevitt.

Rob has a short story, Green Waters, now out with Sonar4’s Phase Shift anthology, and a paranormal story, Light On The Moor, coming out with Smashwords and

Now, Rob Shelsky is not only a writer, but a contributing editor for travel articles, as well as being a reviewer for Novelspot. He is also a resident science fiction columnist for AlienSkin Magazine.

Although widely traveled and continuing to travel, Rob now lives in North Carolina. He enjoys contemplating ideas for new stories while watching the sunsets over the mountains and sipping a glass of red wine, preferably a decent Merlot.

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Review by: Jana Stevens on Oct. 27, 2010 :
The Sprite And I -- what a thrilling and wonderful read. You have to love the way the author, Rob Shelsky, put this together, because it kept me going all the way through. I just can't imagine how people can have such imaginations.

This story is a fun, humorous tale that had me laughing aloud at times. Mr. Shelsky can come up with the most humorous one-liners. His characters seem so real. Harold is so contrary.

For Christmas fun, and a fast-paced romp with a water sprite, a dreadful thing called a Vila, and an aging hero, do read The Sprite And I. Rob Shelsky has created a wonderful, fun, piece of writing here.

Five stars anyone? The Sprite And I, by Rob Shelsky deserves this.
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Review by: Jesse Casavant on Oct. 25, 2010 :
Rob Shelsky has an extremely fertile and clever imagination. In this entertaining short story, our hero, "Harold", (who, by the way, enters this story with a terrific hangover), encounters a beautiful little six-inch tall female sprite in his kitchen sink! Harold is sure this is a direct result of his hangover, but the sprite blithely explains she reached him through the plumbing. After commenting on Harold's pot belly, (Harold is a full sized and quite normal human), she says, "No, I’m afraid that traveling by plumbing is just a pipedream for you." Shelsky so skillfully weaves these little one-line bombs throughout his story that it leaves you on the floor, laughing out loud!

There have been thousands, if not millions, of stories written about sprites, but they are always predictable, the plot telegraphing itself at every unimaginative turn. This story is different--much different. Unless you posses psychic gifts, you will not be able to guess what will happen next. This little gem of a sprite leads you by the nose through the plot until the very end of the story. And that's the best kind of tale. Clever, entertaining, unpredictable plot, and fast moving--this story is 5 stars of pure fun!

Jesse Casavant - author of erotica as well as nonfiction
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Review by: George Kempland on Oct. 24, 2010 :
Anyone for a great new angle on Santa? Does he have a love life (besides Mrs. Claus), and if so, what are the repercussions? Well, you'll find out in this hilarious little romp, The Sprite And I. Check out what happens when a man finds a sprite in his kitchen sink, one who asks for help to save a kidnapped Santa. This is a different kind of Christmas fantasy, and it will definitely make you laugh. My advice; read The Sprite And I by Rob Shelsky. It will brighten your life.
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Review by: Rose Renee Shelly on Oct. 24, 2010 :
Wow! What a fun Christmas read. I laughed aloud a number of times through this short story. The sprite and Harold manage great dialogue, and you can just see the little thing, envision it. The part about Santa and the sprite's relationship was great! What a new, fun twist of a Christmas fantasy. And you have to feel for poor Harold what with that terrible hangover. I keep using the word "fun" here. That's because it really was. Reading it made my morning!
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