Chris The Story Reading Ape

Biography

I don't so much read books as devour them, (sometimes re-devouring them several times), so I've set myself a long term task, to list all the books I've ever read, trouble is I've got the memory of a sieve and I must have read thousands of them!

After years of lugging books around with me when I travelled (pre-internet), or order them to be delivered to wherever I was (post internet), I got a Nook eReader, which enables me to support my local library, as well as giving me access to practically every EPUB & PDF format book ever published, via the internet. Then I found I had to get a Kindle as well, to enable me to read Amazon published books in comfort, instead of sitting in front of my mac. In hindsight it would have been cheaper to get an iPad, which would have covered everything!

Now all I have to do is spend the next several lifetimes reading them (I hope re-incarnation is true, although not having memories from previous lives might be a snag)

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Smashwords book reviews by Chris The Story Reading Ape

  • Witchlet on Jan. 07, 2013
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    Have you ever noticed that when you hear the term 'Witch', you automatically think of a grey haired, gaunt-faced, warty, scary old woman who wears a black, long sleeved dress with an equally black, tall pointed hat, gets about by riding on a willow garden-brush type broom and is usually accompanied by a black cat? Paige is none of these things, she is 9 years old, has long blonde hair, dresses in normal clothes, travels by foot, or, if in a hurry, gets the wind to fly her and has a vegetarian Dragon called Daisy as a friend! This is a pleasant little introduction to the Magical Chapters Trilogy, well thought out and written in a descriptive, Hans Christian Anderson like, language children will understand and can use to allow their imaginations to take hold. Even though I am well past my sell-by date, the child in me is looking forward to reading Victoria's next book in the series, The Pineapple Loving Dragon.
  • The Blessing of Krozem on Jan. 21, 2013
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    This story is like an onion, it has many layers (imaginative creatures, original names, a clear storyline, a moral, plus more) and may bring tears to your eyes if you put yourself in the place of the Priest Gilzara, his wife Javon and the petitioner Emtash.
  • Monster Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Report of the Anthropological Expedition to the Planet Known as Kal-Fa on Feb. 18, 2013
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    In our present age of increasing intolerance of, and prejudice against, anything and anyone that is 'different', this is certainly a thought provoking story, not least because we are at the early stages of interplanetary travel. Will we meet Monsters, or, will WE be the Monsters that others will meet?
  • Inspector Zhang Gets His Wish (A Free Short Story) on March 06, 2013
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    The first story with Singaporean Inspector Zhang is an enjoyable study in how to solve a Locked Room Murder by applying 7 basic scenarios. There are also 3 intriguing chapters introducing another book called Bangkok Bob and the Missing Mormon (I am not joking) which I intend to get.
  • Generation Next The Real Thing on March 06, 2013
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    Lovely little story to read on a boring commute to work, and it reinforces the Galactic view that Humans are treacherous little entities.
  • Born In 1924 My Granny's Journal on March 06, 2013
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    A little homespun story about life in a small USA town between 1924 and 1941.
  • The Dreamkeeper on March 06, 2013
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    I know this is more for children but I find the best light reading is to be found in their books and this is a perfect little tale.
  • Charm of the Gloaming on March 06, 2013
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    Kings, Princes, wars, jousting, Knights both gallant and not, add some magic and a troll, stir in a sleeping Princess, and wallah, you have a this well written story.
  • Aenima on March 06, 2013
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    Part fantasy, part sci-fi, an interesting little story with an almost, but not quite, predictable ending.
  • The Hunt on March 06, 2013
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    Lively little story.
  • The Carrier on March 06, 2013
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    This story adds another aspect to the time travel theme. Instead of going back in time and doing something that changes the future of humanity, this tale explores what could happen by going into the future with a simple disease that had been eradicated by then.
  • Socks on March 06, 2013
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    Books are knowledge and it is written, a child shall lead them.
  • Shafted Dreams on March 06, 2013
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    Wow, Stephanie didn't hold back when she wrote this story about the way dreams and aspirations are being shattered by all the budget cuts in education and I have to admit she's spot on.
  • Four-Way Stop on March 06, 2013
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    A spooky little story to read before setting out on a long car journey, through an almost deserted countryside, by yourself, during a rainstorm, NOT.
  • Build Your Own Galactic Empire on March 06, 2013
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    Interesting Do and Do Not lists
  • The Medusa on March 06, 2013
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    I really wish Lazo would write a full book, he has the talent. This story is on the theme of American College kids on a Greek vacation, find an unknown mountain with an open door into it, will they go in? Of course they will.....
  • Old Jack's Tale on March 06, 2013
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    I'm really sorry to say that this story is a quick read with an unsatisfying end, Walter Lazo has written better than this.
  • It's Just a Job on March 06, 2013
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    Like most of his stories, Walter has set the scene for a full blown book. A good and gripping story along the Research Facility goes suddenly quiet, what has happened there, let's send specialists in to check it out, theme, but starring a lone photographer!
  • Lamatsu on March 06, 2013
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    If you deliver parcels for a living, DO NOT read this story, or you may get a sudden urge to change your occupation ..... On the other hand, it may just save your sanity .....
  • We Who Embrace The Night on March 06, 2013
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    We all have choices in our lives, but are they the choices we think they are? Read and ponder....
  • The Punishment of Phoebus Apollo on March 06, 2013
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    Ever wonder how sunflowers came into being? Here's one explanation.
  • A Pair of Creepy Shorts on March 06, 2013
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    Liked both stories, even though the second one was a bit obvious. Will be looking out for more from this author.
  • A Bargain with the Devil on March 06, 2013
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    When negotiating with the Devil, be careful what you wish for. A great little story.
  • Frank The Friendly Ogre on March 06, 2013
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    This little story is perfect for when your children (or even you) are feeling in a 'Nobody Loves Me', or, 'I Don't Like Them' mood, just to be reminded that Someone, Somewhere, is a friend.
  • From Man to Man on March 07, 2013
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    A thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the medieval type character of Draven and his efforts to do an honest days 'Villager' type work instead of resorting to his previous profession as a Mercenary, thereby breaking his promise to his wife. There is also a tasty preview of the next book 'It Began With Ashes'.
  • The Eslites (Prequel/Short Story) on March 13, 2013
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    The storyline was good and had potential for a full book length version, unfortunately, the author chose to give it all away in only a few short chapters. The final revelation about the Eslites was a nice twist though.
  • Let The World Die on March 13, 2013
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    Disappointingly short story that could have been much longer and deeper, however, it was thought provoking insomuch as, do we say 'thank you' enough to our everyday heros?
  • The Old Mansion on March 13, 2013
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    Fairytale characters may not all be as sweet and kindly, or even as beautiful, as they are portrayed, as three children find out in this little story.
  • The Magician on April 02, 2013
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    A sad little tale about a magician who carries on performing, in front of an audience who are not all that they seem...
  • Detective Stephy Wephy Holmes in the Missing Cake (Children's picture book) on May 16, 2013
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    This is a delightful little book with lots of great coloured sketches of the characters as they follow the investigations of Detective Stephy Wephy Holmes leading to the culprit. A must for kids learning how to read.
  • Sandy's Dream (Children's picture book) on May 17, 2013
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    A great book from Jared Rader, full of little sketches of the characters (drawn by Sarah Meyers) as they progress through the story. Highly recommended for children (especially girls) learning to read.
  • The Moment on May 17, 2013
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    The author has captured the final moments of life in this tense short story. Is it, as the narrator says, the end of the world, or, is it the end of his own life? The reader must decide....
  • Troll on May 21, 2013
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    A thought provoking, sensitively told and believable story of a series of events that could have happened in the distant, prehistoric past, when two species of Homo Sapiens discovered each other in the far north of Scandinavia.
  • It Lurks on May 25, 2013
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    A good read for those who like to have the fear levels build up and then have the last few words at the end leave them with shivers running up and down their spine .... Tales of the Unknown stuff ....
  • The Pavement Gardener on May 28, 2013
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    This was an excellent read. The heroine Mara, hero Callum and even the Villain of the piece, Spencer, are all very believable characters. The story grips and holds you as you wind your way through the ins and outs, ups and downs, of life in a London Eatery and a nearby housing estate. For those who like realism, topical themes and a darn good read, I have no hesitation in recommending this book.
  • Perry's requiem. on May 30, 2013
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    This short tale explores the issues faced by a badly wounded soldier as he lies dying on a battlefield. What will he choose and what would YOU choose ...
  • The Anthill on May 30, 2013
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    What does it take to make a hen-pecked husband to turn on his tormentor? And what kind of friends will help him?
  • Cain's Apples on May 30, 2013
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    An interesting, if predictable, short story. Sometimes you really must be careful of what you wish for, out loud, or inside your head.
  • The Weekender on May 31, 2013
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    Next time you feel like leaving behind your comfortable, but busy and profitable, life in the Big City; to go Fishin' at the week-end. Be careful, very, very careful, of who you choose to keep you company ...
  • Song of Deerwoman on May 31, 2013
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    You really shouldn't walk through the woods at night! Especially if you've been drinking and flirting all night, making it necessary to take a short cut through them while you're trying to sober up ...
  • Show & Tell on June 09, 2013
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    The building up of the scene and characters is very well executed, as are three of the nastier ones... The gift, as a reward for a kindness, is unusual in many ways, but is certainly life changing for Kevin ... Lovely little tale ...
  • The All Gifted Fairies on June 12, 2013
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    A great start and taster for a future book, it even has To be continued ... at the end of it, just to give a clue.
  • The War on June 12, 2013
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    A short but effective poem about the thoughts and dispair of the sole survivor of a bloody battle as he stands among the dead.
  • The Magic Chinese Dragon on June 12, 2013
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    A short but lovely little tale told very nicely in the manner of a Chinese Fable with the effective use of imagery.
  • Vampires on the Red Moon on June 12, 2013
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    A strange, but interesting, little tale, set in the far future, when Mars is much closer to Earth and regarded as a Moon.
  • The Magic Christmas Dragon on June 12, 2013
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    A short little sing song type poem about a Dragon and an elf at Christmas time, just right for children.
  • The Mages of Dunnyduff Hill on June 12, 2013
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    Almost an experimental little tale, very short, action packed and with a happy ending. Wizards fought, destroyed everything around them, then made peace.
  • The Sun in the East and West on June 12, 2013
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    A lovely little poem about the rising of the Sun, the colours of the sky and the sunset, but thats not quite all.
  • Skylord on June 12, 2013
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    A great little tale for children, there are flying, Dragons, battles in the skies between them, the hero is a young Dragon who learns a lesson about lying.
  • The Duel on July 01, 2013
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    The characters of Farrel and his little flying wood fairy, Poppin, (who always sings or talks in rhyming verse) are well established during this short interesting tale, where they take on an evil Wizard who is determined to dominate and control the kingdom. I look forward to reading more from this Author.
  • Gabrin: The Avatar on July 01, 2013
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    A great introduction to the character, Gabrin, son of the fiercesome Parrite Hordes Chief who has a deep, dark secret which could endanger his son. More please.
  • The Flying Girl on July 06, 2013
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    An intense tale of a young girl who desperately wanted and needed to fly and escape from the life she had. Some of the scenes described are suitable for mature readers only because of the content, however, the story is not intended to be sensational or lurid, the scenes are there to explain why she needed to fly.
  • Pixel People on July 07, 2013
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    This tale introduces you to a world where people no longer look at things with their eyes - they interpret computer generated pixel patterns. Humanity, however, continues to pursue the age old quest of trying to annihilate each other.
  • Those Who Provide on July 24, 2013
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    Unlike many Goblin stories, this one did not have gory scenes of warfare between them and Men or Elves. Instead, it draws the reader into a situation where a young goblin is in danger and the instinct to help him becomes almost unbearable. I for one will be reading more stories by this author.
  • The Rats of New York City on July 30, 2013
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    This is an amusing little story about how the ~Rats of New York City organise themselves for the annihilation of the Human Population and take over of New York - could there be some truth in this tale?...
  • Thief on Oct. 06, 2013
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    The start of what promises to be a great series under the 'Thief' banner, this short but rivetting story, introduces Tirnam, a successful young thief living under the cruel rule of the all conquering Parr (see the prequel Gabrin: The Avatar).
  • The Coin Collector on Oct. 06, 2013
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    What everyone wishes would happen to the much beloved Inland Revenue Inspector / Collector when he comes a calling - a great and witty little tale.
  • Ur'gavan on Oct. 06, 2013
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    Having successfully taken control of the City from the Parr in the previous story 'Thief', Tirnam, Gabrin and a few hundred survivors, face ferocious and bloodthirsty enemies who number thousands in this sequel. But that is not the ONLY danger.....
  • Intruder on Oct. 06, 2013
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    This exciting series continues with a tale that sees Tirnam & Co face another danger, but this time it is an insidious evil entity that threatens. I have to admit to being on the edge of my seat while reading it and refused to do anything else until I reached the story's last words. To say I'm looking forward to the next book in this series would be an understatement.
  • The Guild on Oct. 07, 2013
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    Why has The Guild suddenly decided to threaten Prince Tirnam and his friend Innara? Why does it refuse to negotiate a settlement and release them now that they are no longer part of it, worse still, why is The Guild harming innocent people? This tale continues the excellent Thief series.
  • A Petition to Magic on Oct. 13, 2013
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    A simple, but interesting little tale woven around a new young Queen, a Wizard who is afraid of doing magic and a greedy farmer.
  • In Night's Shadows on Oct. 28, 2013
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    This story demonstrates the skill and range of this author's imagination and writings - from fantasy to science fiction and, in this case, the supernatural in the shape of vampires, but from a more sympathetic point of view than most writers of the genre. Excellent read.
  • To Sail The Dark Sea on Oct. 28, 2013
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    A great tale in the style of the old sailing ships and characters of yesteryear, but instead of being on the high seas, the action takes place in space and the future. A nice easy read, characters that are easy to relate to, an interesting plot and a satisfactory ending. Perfect!
  • Seelie Heiress on Oct. 29, 2013
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    What starts off as a 'Girl discovers her man has been cheating on her and throws him out' story, quickly develops into a fantasy tale worthy of C.S. Lewis.
  • Child Full of Stars on Oct. 30, 2013
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    A short but profound story that makes you wonder if this life and reality is all that there is, or, is there more to life and reality than we can even guess at?
  • Dark on Oct. 30, 2013
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    An interesting, if short, slant on the Invasion of Earth theme. Write more please...
  • Does Not Meet Our Needs on Oct. 30, 2013
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    This story had me fooled into the last rejection letter cited - but I STILL had to read it through - great ending!
  • Nglnd Xpx on Nov. 01, 2013
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    For an adventure into the wonderfully colourful and no holds barred world of British Satire and Farce type humour, this is the book you've been waiting for. Paddle in the gentle sea of words lapping around your mind, swim strongly through the surfers waves of words as they build to a crescendo and run desperately to keep just ahead of the tsunami of words in case they engulf you. These stories have words like such waves and more - I enjoyed them immensely.
  • The Bone Knife on Nov. 06, 2013
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    This is one of the most charming, easy to read and enjoyable little magic / fantasy stories I have read in a long time. A bonus was to be able to read the first few chapters of the author's book 'Thorn' which, from what I have read, promises to be a great story. I genuinely look forward to reading more from this Author.
  • Adventures in Cottontail Pines - Goober's Cousin on Nov. 18, 2013
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    A delightful, easy to read, tale about Goober, a VERY organised young rabbit, who has to cope with his younger cousin Waffle, who is too young to read and needs to be taught some lessons about other people's privacy. However, Waffle teaches Goober some life lessons as well.
  • The Pineapple Loving Dragon on Nov. 26, 2013
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    What can I tell you, I love the idea of a Vegetarian Dragon, especially one who loves pineapples! Having already enjoyed 'Wirchlet' which introduced Daisy the Dragon, I Iooked forward to reading this second book in the trilogy and was not disappointed. I hope the Author does more stories featuring Daisy, Luke and Paige, they make a great team.
  • A Magical Storm on Nov. 27, 2013
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    There are TWO battles in this third book of the series. One is inside Paige, but who is the other one with? Who is the uninvited stranger who won't even look at Paige? I'm not going to tell you, read this gripping tale yourself and get all the answers. This author has GOT to write more about Paige and her friends and adventures!
  • Dylan's Yuletide Journey on Dec. 08, 2013
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    This short story gives the reader an intriguing glimpse into the world and characters created by the author and has certainly whetted my appetite for more of the same.
  • The Troll's Garden on Dec. 10, 2013
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    A pleasant little tale about a flower loving Troll who almost destroyed the forest.
  • Spoken Wood on Dec. 11, 2013
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    What if we're looking for intelligent life in the wrong places, what if it's already with us here on Earth and what if we are murdering it?
  • The Volunteer on Dec. 11, 2013
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    The story starts with a snoring noise, progresses from a hen-pecked husband's side of a marriage, but the finish....oh, the finish is delicious.
  • Grandpa's Tales on Dec. 14, 2013
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    These are delightfully whimsical little stories for children, told in the European style, but still understandable to the patient and forgiving reader. It is unfortunate that the translators did not have a native English speaking Editor finalize them, so the authors talent as a storyteller could shine through and be better appreciated. The book deserves a 4/5 star rating for the stories, but I can only give it a 3 star rating as it stands - sorry.
  • The Goldfish Pond on Feb. 21, 2014
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    Can YOU remember, when you were a kid, how deeply involved you got when playing some games? It always seemed that you'd just been playing for 5 minutes before your Mom was calling you to wash up before eating, or going to bed?
  • Why Birds Fly on Feb. 23, 2014
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    What a great little story. It made me wonder what I'd do if I was hungry and thirsty and only had a friend with me. To eat or not to eat - that is the question.
  • Of Words and Water - 2013 on Feb. 26, 2014
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    These high standard short stories covering an autobiographical extract from a Mother, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy and interspersed with poetry are all quite different, even though the common theme is water. The contributing Authors have successfully showcased their formidable storytelling skills and deemed that all proceeds and donations go to support WaterAid. I, for one, will be looking out, not only for further such collaborations, but also for the other books written by each of the authors.
  • A.M. Radio on March 03, 2014
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    A chilling little story in the manner of an Alfred Hitchcock movie trailer or a Tales of the Unexpected episode.
  • Ashes on March 08, 2014
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    A thought provoking short story, in similar circumstances would I risk everything for a library? A good prequel to 'Socks', the authors 1000 words project
  • A is for Alpine: An Alphabet Book for Little Hikers on March 08, 2014
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    An excellent little picture book, with great colour photos, to help adventurous young kids remember, not only the alphabet, but also the fun they had camping outdoors.
  • The Eye of The Universe on April 07, 2014
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    A great little Science Fiction Romance story that explains how and why the world did not end on 21.12.2012 as predicted by the Maya.
  • Tale Of The Magical Bird on April 07, 2014
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    A pleasant and charming little tale, told in the Arabic One Thousand and One Nights style.
  • Four Go Mad in Catalonia on April 11, 2014
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    Nanny Ab and her assorted tribe are a Tour de Force and her target is the family's favourite spot in Catalonia, Spain.   However, all is not well on the Spanish Front when a NEW ROAD to it is discovered and the world famous SPANISH HOLIDAYs unexpectidly coincide with their plans. This is a hilarious account that needs to be read BEFORE your next impromptu trip, whether you are a Caravaneer, Camper or beach-loving tourist!