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ECLECTIC: Ten Very Different Tales

ECLECTIC: Ten Very Different Tales [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Hill
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Ten tales to entertain, move, shock and surprise.

A tender relationship lasting a lifetime plays out over just a handful of pages.
The line between reality and fiction is dangerously blurred for teenage gamer Kevin.
A man's past comes back to haunt him in a terrifying ghostly encounter.
Hapless Jim the birdwatcher is on a mission to spot a rare bird.
Schoolboy Thomas struggles to survive at both home and school.
And the world is introduced to Maureen, who has a disastrous brush with modern art!

"These are some of the most well paced stories I have read in a long time...I thoroughly enjoyed each story individually and applaud the book as a whole. I'm giving this book 4 out of 4 stars and don't feel as though this is a generous ranking at all." - official review

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 106 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Hill; 2 edition (29 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GDT8JM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #350,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jonathan Hill burst onto the indie scene as an author in 2012 and has been entertaining readers with his fiction ever since.

After two years of writing short stories and novellas, he published his debut novel, FAG, a landmark in his writing career and, indeed, his life. The book, a stark insight into a 1930s boarding school for boys, is an exploration of important and strikingly relevant themes, some of which are intensely personal to the author himself.

The Maureen books, by contrast, are full of humour. The stories have received much praise, not only for their sheer entertainment value, but also for the way in which their comedy and poignancy are woven together.

His short stories cover a range of genres, from slapstick humour to chilling horror, via drama infused with emotion. He has published two eclectic collections and two 100-word fiction collections, one of which was written with his friend and fellow author, Kath Middleton.

Jonathan lives in Manchester, UK. He enjoys reading, photography and going to the theatre.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written 5 July 2012
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This book of short stories is, as the title suggests, a varied bag, from humour to horror. It is the author's first publication and I have to say the writing is in many ways better than that found in most first Indie books. The style is clear and concise and easy to follow. The only reservation I have is that it didn't have that spark that allows me to feel the author's passion for the story s/he is writing. This could be the fault of the medium. Within the confines of a short work it's difficult to flesh out the characters so the reader cares about them and it's hard to give enough background for plot development.

I would love to see this author stretch his wings and take on a bigger project and really put his soul into it. Then I would feel I had met the real Jonathan Hill. I so look forward to that!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection 1 Aug 2012
By Cobra N
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I really enjoyed these various stories, so much that nearly missed a bus whilst reading one at the bus stop, I was so engrossed in the story!

Great for reading when you have a spare moment.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 3 July 2012
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This is the first book by this new author.I wanted something short to read while I was waiting for our book club for this month to be chosen.I was pleasantly suprised by this book of short stories, my favourites were 'Modern Art' & The Ornithologist.

I do like the author's syle of writing and would like to read a full lengh novel written by Jonathan.I do hope he has one planned, and I will be watching out for it!

Well done Jonathan!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining. 20 Aug 2012
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Like it says on the tin (or book cover) ten very different tales. Some of them were a twist in the tale, others were just fragments of a character's life.

I didn't read every story because not every story could hold my attention. I found the lengthy paragraphs unwelcoming on the eye, but one tale really had me giggling: The Ornithologist. It wasn't a horror tale, but one of observance. Its dry humour appealed to me, and made me understand that Jonathan Hill is clearly an author who has a strong sense of how the human psyche works.

I could imagine him writing a chilling thriller in the near future!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous short stories 31 July 2012
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Like others, I am not usually a fan of short stories but thought I would give these a try. I was really captivated from the first story and read them in two sittings. I love the authors easy, simple writing style, well it seems simple but he has the true writers knack of saying a few words that convey a lot of imagery. Some of that imagery is still in my mind now, always a good sign of a writer. One of those images that has remained, is of the ornithologists mint pinging off the bird feeder, an image that truly did make me laugh out loud. The author can write in a humorous way and has a great sense of the absurd, however I did feel he could have developed this further at times. Humorous writing is a great talent to have and I hope to see more of this from the author. But most of the tales are written poignantly, with great depth and pathos, genuinely moving, and some are downright chilling! ( The Hotel springs to mind )
This collection truly is eclectic, and a real achievement for a first time author. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these tales, most of the endings will surprise you,, in a Tale's of The Unexpected kind of way, and I cant wait for more from this wonderful author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Yarns 5 Jan 2013
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Firstly I've got to say I enjoyed all of the stories in this collection, which are accurately described as eclectic! They're all well written and although I haven't read many short stories I found them to be of a length which retained my interest. The obvious winner for me in this collection is Modern Art which has resulted in a deservedly successful spin off. However I also think running a very close second is The Ornithologist; I really enjoyed it and I think Jim has got plenty of scope for further stories.
Enjoyable and easy to read - A good collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wide spectrum of fine writing 8 Oct 2012
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Eclectic is one of the most well-titled books I've read for a while! These short stories cover a lot of ground, and show off the versatility of Jonathan Hill's writing.

This is one for those who enjoy reading stories in rapid succession. A few were a little too short for my tastes, or didn't have as satisfying or meaningful a conclusion as I'd hoped. But I never felt much disappointment because a new one came along quickly after.

Of those I enjoyed the most, Game Over had the potential to be a much longer tale of computer game obsession, Modern Art made me laugh the most, and The Last Laugh had the strongest twist ending. But it was the final story, Thomas Turner's Talk, which carried the most emotional wallop for me.

Based on this selection, I am keen for Jonathan to write a full-length novel, keeping the precision of his style while exploring story and characterisation with greater depth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Enjoyable And Entertaining Read 29 Sep 2012
By Pat
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I finished this book in one sitting. I've had it in my waiting to be read folder for some months and I'm a little annoyed with myself for leaving it so long. Reading it was a little like riding a roller coaster, up one minute, down the next. There are as the title tells it 10 very different tales, each telling a story that when put together, evoke a whole gamut of emotions. Within a short time I was scared, relieved, amused, sad, excited etc. All were easy to read and with one exception the stories held my attention to the end, each with very satisfactory endings. At the price, this book's a steal.

Jonathan's style of writing suited me well and I hope he'll go on to write a full length novel, I would be surprised and sad if it wasn't a winner, all he needs is a little luck, he already has the talent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently Eclectic
I've read a few of the authors books now and I've enjoyed all of them and this was no exception. As the name suggests this is a collection of short stories. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious read
Ten excellent short stories to tickle the literary taste buds, ranging from the embarrassingly funny to the shiveringly spine tingling. Delicious!
Published 17 months ago by Chris Graham aka The Story Reading Ape
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of short stories
This short story collection is appropriately titled and its rich variety of characters and situations is a testament to Jonathan Hill's impressive range. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Michael Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars a collection of short stories that lives up to its title
This is a collection of short stories (and a poem) that lives up to its title. They are well written and demonstrate an ability by the author to construct a neat and well rounded... Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2012 by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 Great Tales
Some very good stories here and a great mixture, each story is very different as the title says. Funny laugh out loud moments and thought provoking in places. Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2012 by Daisi
2.0 out of 5 stars Tidy collection, but not to my taste.
These ten short tales are well presented on the Kindle in terms of format and proofing.

I did not enjoy the stories. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2012 by Combat Wombat
4.0 out of 5 stars Electric
Stories in this book are rolls of the dice, tumbling along, shadow and light then black or white, each face exposing a different emotion. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2012 by willie wit
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice way to pass the time
Got this when it was promoted on a Facebook page I follow, and kind of like trying short stories, as if it's not too good you know it'll not be long til the next one, but to be... Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2012 by Pipesmoker
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag.
This mix of short stories are well written,entertaining and make a good time filler.I read them in one sitting of well under a hour. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2012 by fudggie girl
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