Ian Barker


Ian has always dabbled in writing since leaving school. However, he spent almost 20 years working in IT before he discovered that writing about computers was easier than fixing them. He is a former editor of PC Utilities magazine and now lives and works as a freelance writer in Greater Manchester, UK. He doesn't own a dishwasher.

Fallen Star is his début novel published by Rebel e Publishers.

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Late Show
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,050. Language: British English. Published: August 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
An anthology of nine short stories ranging from crime to comedy. Need something quick to read in those odd moments when you're waiting around? These should do the trick - there's even one about waiting rooms!

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collection    comedy    crime    short story   

Smashwords book reviews by Ian Barker

  • Sparks on Oct. 09, 2012

    Paul Sparks has an unsuccessful retro T-shirt business and has been dumped by his girlfriend Alison. He stumbles on a website called the Random Life Generator, which gives the locations of portals to alternative realities. Without thinking it through (this is Sparks' trademark) he sets off to find an alternative Alison who won't leave him. What follows involves, among other things: tall dentists, unfamiliar police cars, thin men and bears as Sparks discovers that alternative realities can be strange and dangerous places - especially when thin men are trying to hurt you. It's very funny in a Douglas Adamsy kind of way - more Dirk Gently than Hitchhiker's Guide - with some nice off-beat twists. There were rather more typos than I'd like, ever the bane of self-published books, but they don't detract too much from a plot that rattles along from one absurdity to the next.