The Telescope Builder and Other Stories

Rated 3.57/5 based on 7 reviews
My junior high was named for the man who built the telescope that unveiled the secrets of the universe. These are the tragedies that began during my days there, and continued ... "He sets up his characters, reveals the situation and then tears through your consciousness like a bullet," says Jonathan Penton, editor of the online literary review Unlikely Stories.

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Words: 21,570
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452366227
About Steve Silkin

Steve Silkin was born in New York, grew up in Los Angeles, then traveled across Europe. He once escaped arrest for trespassing at a skyscraper under construction by fleeing from the LAPD on his bicycle.

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Review by: Elizabeth Miller on Dec. 09, 2012 :
Excellent set of short stories. All are well written and make you want to know what happened next. Also every story seemed to make you wonder what could have happened to you at that point in your life. Great way to spend an afternoon in the sun. GREAT JOB.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: April on Nov. 04, 2011 :
Okay, but not great.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)

Review by: Hannah Hummel on Oct. 26, 2011 :
I loved this book because it had a very interesting plot.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)

Review by: Shannon Walters on Oct. 11, 2011 :
I read this in one sitting, as I was always excited to see what happens next. I felt like I was a kid again! Some stories werem sad and some were funny, but all were easily relatable. Apon finishing the book, I found myself thinking how all the tiniest things we do everyday, somehow effect us or others in a never ending stream.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Mike Davis on Oct. 07, 2011 :
I'm still thinking about this one, which I guess is good. Each chapter was a vignette of a certain incident from the narrator's (author?) adolescent history and a connection with his acquaintances that led to a conclusion, often an epiphany. It was a bit like eavesdropping on a junior high school class reunion between two old classmates comparing notes on things they remember. I found it entertaining. The descriptive writing was simple and adequate. It might function well as a YA novel, absent a few adult words.

A free eBook sent by the author in exchange for a review.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Donna Lawrence on Oct. 02, 2011 :
A different kind of book. Not quite what I expected. The book consists of several short stories that allow us a brief view into the narrator's (authors?) life as he grows both physically and emotionally. Each story seems to carry a hint of regret or apology for his actions. We all have things we regret from our youth. This seems to be somewhat of a purging or cleansing for the author. Interesting idea. I liked some of the stories more than others. I did enjoy the diversity of some of the stories.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

Review by: Bill Thibadeau on Sep. 26, 2011 :
I found the individual stories lacking when compared to the overall story that is the totality of the short stories. The overall is a simplistic compendium of a young teenager. I am not into YA stories so this read was not for me. However, if you read each story and can commit yourself to finishing, you should be well satisfied if you like this genre.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

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