Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
A collection of 17 short stories ranging from the sublime to the unforgivably ridiculous -- Powerful, like The Twitter Bully. Puzzling: A Timely Murder. A warning of doomsday: The Wind Of Fire. Enchanting: "Hello Dear." Twist in the tale: Money To Burn. Delightfully childish: Harvey Looks For A Friend. Very different: Ree -- The Troll Of Dingleay. More
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About Stewart Bint

Writer: novelist - four novels published in print and ebook (one by Creativia - To Rise Again; and three by Dragon Moon Press - The Jigsaw And The Fan, Timeshaft, and In Shadows Waiting); magazine columnist; public relations.
Previous roles include radio newsreader, phone-in host, and presenter.
Married to Sue, with two grown-up children, Chris and Charlotte, and a budgie called Alfie.
Usually barefoot.
Lives in Leicestershire, UK.

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Review by: Pam Steer on Feb. 21, 2015 :
You are absolutely right DM Cain, this really is a fantastic collection of short stories. I thoroughly enjoyed them all, although they were so different. "Hello, Dear" was my favourite 'sweet' tale, but "The Twitter Bully" was a very thought provoking spine chilling tale. Well done yet again Mr Bint, what's next?
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)

Review by: D.M. Cain on Dec. 22, 2014 :
This is a fantastic collection of short stories. Some made me giggle, others surprised me and I didn't see the twist coming, and my personal favourite - The Twitter Bully - gave me chills. I've never read a book with such a diverse range of styles and genres. In parts it is a whimsical, light-hearted read with such funny and uplifting stories as 'Ree - The Troll of Dingleay' and 'Young At Art.' Sometimes it is thought-provoking and tells a moral tale - for example, 'The Wind of Fire', and some of the stories are ingeniously clever - 'A Timely Murder' stood out as a great example of writing.

But for me The Twitter Bully is the jewel in the crown from this selection. Placed at the end of the book, this story ensures the reader goes out with a real kick! It has funny lines and Bint's downright hilarious writing style comes through in discreet undercurrents, but at the same time this story left me with a feeling of horror and surprise.

Another thoroughly enjoyable read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Travis West on Dec. 09, 2014 :
Stewart Bint's 'Thunderlands' is a study of human nature, even if all its characters aren’t, strictly speaking, human. The stories examine themes such as greed, lust, gluttony and plenty of other deadly sins, with a widely differing series of characters and settings.

The book truly puts us, which is to say humanity, on trial for our offenses, in some cases literally. The book starts with the trial of Santa Clause and ends with the trial of a twitter bully (the two strongest stories in the collection). In both these examinations of societal evils the blame may be placed at the feet of an individual, but the stories show us that the issues are far more complex than the easy answers we’d like to assign them.

In between are a series of enjoyable (and occasionally quite dark) stories that explore a wide variety of subjects. Many of them have an M.Night Shyamalan-style twist ending. Depending on your tolerance for ‘Gotcha!’ moments, your mileage may vary, but I found them to be fun and entertaining.

This is a great collection of stories that explores a lot of important issues, without being too heavy-handed about its message.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: K.J. Simmill on Dec. 07, 2014 :
I really enjoyed this work. In fact, I read it in one sitting while my son was having his nap.
I particularly appreciated the adopting of different writing styles depending on the story being told.
Each tale has a higher meaning, a clear moral that is told in a manner that allows the reader to reflect on what the author is saying through their short, well constructed stories. They cover greed to bullying in ways that provide the opportunity for reflection whilst enjoying the unique stories.
The writing style is well constructed, providing an interesting read, the author has clear put a lot of thought into the work to allow them to have deep rooted meanings without them being overpowering to the story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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