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  • Unspoken Stories on Oct. 08, 2011

    Science fiction can be hit or miss for me. I'll read it, and I mostly like it, but it's not one my favorite genres so I don't seek it out. Short stories are iffy, as well. I'm sure it's hard to fit a complete story into such a small word count. And many authors who write short stories, should be writing novels. They just try to put too much story into a small space, and the reader ends up feeling like we've missed something important. Neither one of these issues was a problem when I read Unspoken Stories - Volume 1 by B.C. Young. The stories were interesting, complete, and even though they're only a few pages each, they're long enough to get you hooked and make you care about the characters. In fact, one of the stories made me cry, and we all know that's not allowed. Even so, I'll be giving this book five stars. You can read the official summary of the stories above. Keep reading for my summary of the stories. "Copy Bird": A post-apocalyptic survivor and what may be the smartest bird ever. "Going Home": An emotional story of a soldier visiting his family. "Josie Dorri and the Coffee Ban": An interesting story about choices. And coffee. "The Present": This is one of those "Be careful what you wish for" stories. It's kind of weird, and the time travel loop threw me a bit, but it was still good. "Running to Keep Her": This is a sweet story about lost love, but it's also a bit creepy because the guy is a tad bit obsessed. About the book Title: Unspoken Stories - Volume 1 Author: B.C. Young Where I got the book: I got this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
  • Doodling on Nov. 18, 2011

    Two phrases come to mind when I read this book: "Stop the world. I want to get off," and "It's us against the world." You will never think of those words quite the same way after reading Doodling. On the surface, Doodling is a humorous, ridiculous story about missing toasters and wayward asteroids, and is completely enjoyable on that level. Doodling is also a cautionary tale, warning against the danger of moving too fast, doing too much. Gould reminds us that life is always better when it's taken at a reasonable pace. I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.