The Land of Words: Vol. 1

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This collection of short stories was first released in 2016. It was my first “real” attempt to put together a collection like this. While most of the stories are rough, there are gems hiding in here, hints of a better story to come. Revised and expanded with a new introduction in 2019. More

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About Daniel Scott White

Daniel Scott White runs the award winning Longshot Press, known for publishing short works by great authors such as Martha Wells, David Brin, Ken Liu, Yoon Ha Lee and more. He studied the music business at Columbia College in Chicago and went on to assist in the recording of a project for Bob Dylan. Along with earning an MBA degree, he worked for an international publisher focusing on children's books and textbooks. While his expertise is in business, his passion is in writing. He was born in the mountains but now lives by the sea.

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A collection of the short stories I've written. More to come soon.

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M.H. Vesseur reviewed on on April 8, 2017

The unexpected is becoming harder and harder to come by these days. We are living in a world where every next occurrence invokes that inevitable thought: We had that thing coming. From suicide bombings to demonstrations for mixed public restrooms and the decline of you-name-it, there’s hardly anything that raises the eyebrows anymore.

Fortunately the imagination can still serve us some pretty unexpected stuff, even if a contemporary myth tells us that ‘reality is stranger than fiction’ — a mantra I sincerely disagree with, or at least I do since the 21st century began and the attack on some large buildings appeared to resemble a Hollywood movie from the early 1980s. Suddenly I realized that the imagination had already prepared us for the new wave of atrocities.

If you’re feeling even remotely the same, if you’re feeling that it’s nice to be experiencing something unexpected for a change, ‘The Land of Words’ by D.S. White is right up your alley. I’m a ‘broad reader’, meaning I read both literary fiction and some SF or thrillers or fantasy, as long as it’s well done, and I can see White is skilled and precise, while allowing his stories to take that unexpected turn. That makes this collection of short stories rather varied and it would be undoable to go into each story. You’ll have to experience it for yourself.

I myself enjoy the way White creates an ambiance, the way he sketches the environment of the story in the beginning. (Quote: “Matthew woke up in the back seat, sitting behind the girls,” how’s that for an opening.) What I like is that I have no clue as to what might happen in this setting. His style of writing is concise and illustrative, but it still leaves me some space to wander in my own mind. As this is not be the place to talk about the story plots, I’ll just say I’m always surprised. White creates a fine balance between unexpected story developments on the one hand and larger visions on the other, larger visions that envelope his stories throughout.

That kind of writing is hard to come by these days too.
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KansasBoy reviewed on on March 30, 2017

Enjoyed this compass-oriented book, whichever direction it took. I would label some stories slipstream, some sci-fi, some had the charm and ambience of folk tales, and some were noir short stories with threads of humor. At the end is a chapter from a forthcoming novel. Good. One looks forward to more from D.S. White.
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Sam Claussen reviewed on on March 22, 2017

I've always felt that a book should be a travel guide. The reason I read is to escape the world we have, and dip my feet in foreign water. From the very beginning, D.S. White's "The Land of Words" proclaims this purpose, and hands over the reins to the reader.

"Travel freely around the Land of Words. Or stay with the
compass. You’ll discover a new world in every direction."

Each short story will take you to a new land, a new people, a new story. I fully embraced White's approach.

This book is a passage through undiscovered realms, and you'll be all the better letting D.S. White be your compass.
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Christian Adams reviewed on on March 20, 2017

A tidy, well-written collection of short stories that wander freely in all directions, with some occasionally surprising results. Great appeal to fans of introductory magical realism and literary science fiction. Top notch effort from a promising new writer.
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