Friday, May 31, 2013

[Book Reviews] Short Stories (May 2013)

Yet another month of short stories. 

Fallen From the Train by Chris Ward

Kindle Edition
35 Pages 
3.5 Stars

Summary (from Amazon):
Carl Weston finds a young man lying unconscious by the train tracks. Who is he? Where did he come from? Carl knows the man can't have got off the train because the trains don't stop anymore ...
Fallen from the Train is a short story of 6000 words. It is set in the world of Chris Ward's Tube Riders.

Plot: I found myself bored and confused for the first 20%, but then the story started coming together. 
Characters: The characters were very strongly lit for a short story and I loved that. 

Relationships: I really liked the relationships in the story. There wasn’t hardly any romance, but the way the characters cared about each other, was really cute. 

I believe the main purpose of the story in the end was to give hope.   

The Perfect Crime by Bill Bernico

Kindle Edition
10 Pages
4.5 Stars

Summary (from Amazon):
Is there such a thing as the perfect crime? Can you get away with proxy. The plan seems perfect. All you care about is the end result--that Kevin will end up dead. It doesn't matter that you can get someone else to do it for you. Or can you? Let's find out.
This is just one of more than 140 short stories I have available here on Amazon.

Plot: For a short story, it really did have a lot of twist and turns that I did not expect. I loved that.
Characters: I loved the main character and thought he was hilarious. I have to guess that it’s a lot to do with how the writer wrote him.

I really enjoyed this short story. 

Dangerous Voices by Rae Carson 

Kindle Edition
15 Pages
5 Stars

Summary (from Amazon):
From Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Fire and Thorns trilogy, comes an original short story about music, magic, and the healing power of friendship.
Errik has been a prisoner--and alone--for a long, long time. He lives for the moment each day when the window of his dungeon cell shines a bit of light onto his bearded face. But everything changes when he gets a new neighbor, a young girl with a voice as beautiful as the springrise. 
They both know the rules: No singing. No speaking. Voices are dangerous. But they can't help themselves. And soon enough, Errik begins to remember himself, why he's here in this dark place, and why his captors will stop at nothing to ensure his silence.

I was hesitate to read it at first convinced it was part of her series, but once I found out it wasn’t, I dove right into it. 
I would have loved to have gotten more backstory as to what led up to the main character being held hostage, but it’s a short story. You get used to the incomplete feeling. 

P.S. Read the author’s note at the end! It’s very adorable!

A Boy and a Hero by Nikos Kalpakis 

Kindle Edition
10 Pages
1 Star

Summary (from Amazon): 
John always carries a blade on him, just like his grandfather taught him. 
So when John sees a man about to do harm, he steps forward, towards his destiny.

I had a hard time keeping up with what was going on. Honestly, I think there were way too many characters for such a short story. 

Honestly have no idea what the main idea of the story was supposed to be. 

A Promise Worth Keeping by Cyndi Faria

Kindle Edition 
16 Pages
3 Stars 

Summary (from Goodreads): 
Clayton has a real mess on his hands. Not only have garden vandals threatened the Remy Estate's Valentine's Day celebration, but Clayton’s girlfriend, Sarah, has proposed to him despite knowing he doesn't believe in lasting love. 
By hunkering down in the garden all night, Clayton hopes to at least solve one of his problems and catch the vandals in the act. Instead, will Clayton finally face his fears and become a man worth loving?

I got this during the Valentine’s Day sales. So it makes sense that is it set during Valentine’s Day. Honestly, I feel like if this was turned into a Hollywood movie, it’s be one of those romantic comedies.

Thanks for taking time to read my reviews! 

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