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A Moment in Berlin and Other Stories

A Moment in Berlin and Other Stories [Kindle Edition]

Ian Hocking
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A son, a daughter, a twin brother, a stranger. These four short stories explore the meaning of absence for each. Author Ian Hocking is best known for his science fiction novels. With these literary shorts, he looks again at identity, isolation, and how we make sense of the world when left behind.

A Moment in Berlin: Runner up in the Radio Ryedale Prize for Short Fiction.
Afterlife: First published in Fragment Magazine.
Jubilee: First published in Aesthetica.
Missing Person: Published here for the first time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 362 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Thirst eDitions Fiction; 1 edition (2 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FPN2IW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #281,782 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm a writer based in Canterbury, UK.

For the most part, I write thoughtful, character-based science fiction thrillers with a philosophical edge. These include Déjà Vu, winner of the Red Adept Award for Science Fiction.

Drop me an email if you like: I also maintain a mailing list for those interested in keeping up with my work.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Morbid curiosity 1 Dec 2011
By Kindler
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The theme running through these tales is one of mortality and how it affects us. They can read as being somewhat morbid and certainly, they don't make light reading - however, they are so short as to lessen any depression and the subject matter is thought-provoking and involving. In the same way as one can enjoy the dour downwards inflection of Radiohead songs, so one can enjoy Hocking's short stories about death. They are short stories in the classic sense - no real action, just a mood, a situation, feelings, thoughts, then a finish, or reveal. They are short - you could read each story during a commute or train journey - but beautifully-written, they give you a wonderful glimpse of the standard of literature that Hocking can produce.

I must add - if you have read this author's Saskia Brandt stories, these tales are completely different. But still recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and touching. 25 Oct 2011
By Floyd
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It's rare to discover the sort of gentle elegance on offer in this collection of short stories by Ian Hocking.

Personally I found the stories engaging, littered with some wonderful descriptions and observations and refreshingly unpretentious. This isn't a collection that reinvents the medium of short stories and clearly wasn't ever intended to.

What it is is a thoroughly good read.
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Four unrelated short stories, all of which demonstrate Dr Hocking's flair for characters and 'depth'. A quick read but if you like the 'Saskia Brant' series then you'll like the style even though these are NON 'speculative fiction'.

[Personally I loved the Berlin based one - clever, well research and toughing..]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Short but beautifully formed 1 July 2013
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I started reading Hocking`s work when I accidentally came across "Proper Job" . It had me laughing out loud, an unusual feat for a book. Now hooked I went onto the Saskia Brandt trilogy, very different but beautifully written. These four short stories are both thought provoking and written to a very high standard. Please read and pass it on.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very average 11 Dec 2012
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Sorry - this was a very average piece of writing and I'm pleased it was cheap otherwise I would have felt cheated ...... there so many very good books where Berlin is the background for the work.
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