Fading Away

Rated 3.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Young Adult short fiction, including Vanished, the first volume of the Freaky Jules paranormal series. More
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About Tom Upton

Born in Chicago. Studied writing and film at Columbia College. 1979-85 Contributor Earthwise, On the Edge and other literary magazines. 1985: Judge fiction contest Nit & Wit Magazine.

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sandy333 reviewed on Sep. 30, 2016

Well-written young adult fiction.

A couple of the stories are pretty psychologically deep, and would probably not appeal to unsophisticated readers.

'The Great Squirrel Hunt of 1977' is hilarious.

'Vanished' is top-notch young adult paranormal fiction.

All in all, it is a fine collection that shows the author's range of narrative voices and depth of the adolescent mind.
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chucklesthescot reviewed on June 28, 2016

I'm going to review the short stories that I read before I abandoned the book:

Cold Cold Water-A boy's older brother decides for no reason to kill a Greek shopkeeper and is now threatening to kill teachers and their great grandfather. The boy says nothing and his brother rants. The end. WTF was the point in this story? Did anyone else die? Did he get caught? Stopping there made the whole thing pointless.

Life along the Okie Dokie Highway-A girl on a family trip writes letters to her friend about it. Car breaks down, family argue about money. The end. This was such a boring story. It had no horror or thriller element and I didn't see much point to it at all.

Sound Travels-Two boys hear a scream and one swims off to investigate. When he finally comes back he won't say what happens. The end. WTF??? What is the point in setting up a story, building up the tension and then keeping the result a secret? Up until the lack of ending it had been a better story.

Tiny Voices-A girl hears voices in her head telling her to plan a prank-which her best friend uses instead to get attention. Girl is angry. The end. This one was boring.

At this point I got tired of the anthology and gave up on it. The stories I read either had no conclusion at all which I found very frustrating or they had no interesting plot to speak of, and it made me wonder what the point was in writing them. I felt that this was a complete waste of an hour and I won't be reading anything else by this author.
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