Eddie's Shorts - Volume 1

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The first volume of short stories written by M. Edward McNally, circa 1991-1997. Contents:

Bedlam - "The Saturday after my dad first shows up, Walter makes his break for the woods, and vanishes."

7:00 C/M (Seven, Central and Mountain) - Let's see what's on tonight, shall we? More
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About M. Edward McNally

M. Edward McNally is a North Carolinian of Irish/Mexican extraction. Grew up mostly along I35 northbound (KS, IA, MN) and now resides in the scrub brush surrounding Phoenix, AZ, where the scorpions and the javelinas play. MA in English Lit from ISU and Russian/East European History from ASU, though both date from an earlier era when there was a lot of Grunge on the radio and Eddie wore entirely too much flannel, even in the summer.
Deus impeditio esuritori nullus.

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Review by: Su Yin Tan on Dec. 31, 2011 :
This is the first time I’ve read one of Eddie’s shorts. It turned out to be an entertaining experience, in a serious sort of way. I enjoyed seeing through the eyes of the simple young man Edward McNally created, what life is like in a mental health treatment center. Jim, the narrator, comes across as child-like and a tad helpless even though in appearance, he is the exact opposite at over six feet tall and big-sized. His thought process is an interesting study in itself, the way he observes things and the logic he applies to situations such as the sudden visit of his dad who he had never set eyes on in his life.

For some strange reason, I thought the second shorts is actually connected to the first. Read it and see for yourself. It will be quite an eye-opener.

I’ll be gunning for his next few shorts to see what other goodies this talented author have for us.
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Review by: Jackie Williams on Sep. 28, 2011 :
I enjoyed the story Bedlam. It's an enjoyable story of Jim, who works with the mentally ill inmates. He's a happy chap, then his dad shows up, throwing confusion Jim's way. It's strange that there can be two meanings to one sentence. Well worth a read. The next story, takes you to television. I wonder how many channels I flip through in a day.
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Review by: Katy Sozaeva on Sep. 3, 2011 :
Including two stories - “Bedlam” and “Eight, Seven Central and Mountain” - Vol. 1 of Eddie’s Shorts is brilliantly written and a fascinating look into Eddie’s … uhm, mind. Yup.

“Bedlam” tells the story about a young man named Jim who works at Willow Farm, a treatment center for the mentally ill. One day his father – who Jim has never met before – shows up on Jim’s step and moves in with Jim. However, Jim starts to think that maybe his father is better fit to live among the residents at Willow Farm. Written in an interesting colloquial style, I was fascinated by the way that Ed put this one together. It takes up most of the book.

“Eight, Seven Central and Mountain” is a quick flip through the TV stations – an interesting idea and it made me laugh several times.

I can say that you should definitely check out Eddie’s Shorts – Vol 1 is fab, and my review of Vol 2 will be up soon.
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Review by: PJ Port on Aug. 31, 2011 :
I especially liked the first story, "Bedlam."
~Liked the irony, the outlandish, and the back & forth workings of Jim's mind.
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Review by: Grace Guerra on Aug. 12, 2011 :
Eddie's Shorts, what a hoot. The first story Bedlam...is a mix between Forest Gump and Twilight Zone.
Eight, Seven Central and Mountain...reminds me why I stopped watching television. An extremely realistic view of "What's on TV", flipping the channels and then realizing the TV is better off...OFF.
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Review by: Jan Brown on Aug. 12, 2011 :
A couple of interesting short stories that this author wrote years ago. I did enjoy reading them. One about a young man and his father and the other a clever story about tv shows. I haven't read this author's other genre book as I'm not into that kind of story so it was a treat to read these by him. Looking forward to reading more like this by McNalley!
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