The Asking - and other stories

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
If Nicholas Sparks rewrote Hemingway's short stories in the style of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the result would be this dazzling collection.

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About Charles Gerard Timm

Charles Gerard Timm is an American from New Jersey who practices several art forms especially writing, acting, and drawing.

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Review by: Shannon McGee on Oct. 29, 2011 :
Not my usual genre. And by that I mean realistic fiction not short stories. What I mean by realistic fiction is stories bases on pretty much present day with characters that think a lot or have more conversation then really much action. That would pretty much describe these stories.

I did not dislike it but it also did not feel overwhelmed with love for the stories. I try to think of one that really stuck out to me a memorable I would have to say the second to last story, The Ride, where two co-workers discuss there future, and hopes.

For me there wasn’t enough to the story to really get to know the characters or feel for them. I see some of them as good starts to something but really unfinished.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Review by: Cassie on Sep. 26, 2011 :
The Asking and Other Stories
By: Charles G. Timm
ASIN: B0058PJ080
Published April 13, 2011
Available Format: ebook

My Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads: Seven short stories, intensely concerned with young people at the heart of change, struggling to do the right things in moments of surprising revelation, when life alters, often in unrecognizable ways, and it falls to the young to win back love, rescue friends, stand against the crowd, be the voices in the chaos, in lives as meaningful as those of any adult.

This is a beautifully written collection of short stories. Each story shows the reader a progressively older protagonist making important decisions and changes through each stage. These vignettes all about growing up are definitely worth checking out!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Katy Sozaeva on Aug. 5, 2011 :
This well-written set of seven short stories gives us vignettes on growing up, on love and loss, on seeing things through, on being a better person; each story provides a snippet of a look into someone’s life. Something I noticed, which I thought was pretty neat, was that each story – while it gave insights into the state of the main character’s life, and showed up he or she was growing up – also had a progressively older protagonist. Therefore, it wasn’t just about growing up, it also showed growing up through the progressive stories.

Anyone who is interested in short stories showing a slice-of-life vignettes, and about growing older, growing up, should find something to enjoy in this book. Pick it up – it’s worth the read.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
Review by: L.A. Jones on June 24, 2011 :
An amazing compilation of short stories reflecting the hardships of teenage boy hood. Stories detailing the awkwardness of peer pressure and so much more! An amazing straight forward group of short stories anyone will enjoy!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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