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If You Go Into The Woods Kindle Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 164 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Arriba Arriba Books (30 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YTI01Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #531,663 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"If You Go Into The Woods" is a very short story (just over 7 pages long), that is very well written, very atmospheric, with characters that truly come to life.
The pace builds up (Chirp. Chirp. Chirp.), and then comes to a sudden quick ending.

This ebook also contains the bonus short story "Reset" (again just over 7 pages in length).
Although thematically this is a very different piece, the same observations apply, and once again it is left up to the reader to draw his own conclusions.

Both stories have great potential to be developed into full novels.

David Gaughran has also published a sci-fi novella, "Transfection" (23 pages - according to some reviewers this could also have made a very good novel), and two full length historical fiction novels ( "A Storm Hits Valparaiso" and "Mercenary"), as well as several non-fiction titles.

I would like to read more by this author, in particular a science fiction or mystery full length piece.
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Both stories work well, the second, The Reset Button, reading like something out of a modern-day version of Joyce's Dubliners. The title tale genuinely gave me the creeps - the repetition of the word _chirp_ builds an almost film-quality sense of menace, and the punchline is especially shocking because it's so bizarre and immediately opens up a whole realm of possibilities.

Highly recommended, and I'll certainly be reading more by David Gaughran.
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Both stories wake your imagination up and let it wander even after you finish reading them. "If You Go Into The Woods" takes you to the ladder, higher and higher to surprise you by the unexpected discovery while "Reset Button" drags you to the mirror in which you can see the fears of your own life. I am curious what the next stories will be like.
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I found these two stories very intriguing and was drawn into the worlds that the stories were set in (especially the woods)
Even though I knew they were short stories they were too short for me.
But then again, isn't that the sign of a good story when you don't want it to end?

I look forward to a longer story by this author.
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I loved the opening of the first story and found its simplistic, rather naive narrative quite charming. The author managed to convey a growing sense of menace as the child dared to venture further and further into the forest, wrestling with his fears and doubts in pursuit of the elusive and melodious bird. However, I was left stunned by the sudden and abrupt ending - how I wished there had been more! Similarly with the second tale - well-written, thought-provoking but I felt as though I had been cheated by the unexpected, and again abrupt, ending!
I must add that it was a great relief to read a book that was not full of typos or grammatical errors!
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I’m a huge fan of short stories. I love seeing how an author can craft an entire story in such a small amount of time. Not all authors succeed. Both stories in this collection were quite good and show Gaughran’s strength not just as a storyteller but as a writer. Out of the two, I enjoyed ‘If You Go Into the Woods’ a tad bit more. It felt more complete to me. ‘The Reset Button’ is a good story but at the end I wondered if I missed something. I still enjoyed it and I’ve been thinking about it since last night. Overall two clever additions for short story lovers.
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This was shorter than a short story - so short in fact, I didn't feel as if there was much of a story told here at all. And it had the potential to be. It really did.

It was however, a fabulous advert for other Gaughran titles. More than half the book is other works / links.

I get what you're doing Dave, and I applaud your ebook marketing skills (even having bought some of those marketing titles). But I want a little bit of meat in my sandwich, even as a devout vegetarian. This wasn't even a smear of hummus on a cracker.
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The two short stories are well written and a good read.

This is a very short title, there are two short stories which are not bad at all but the bulk of the title is made up of advertisements for other books he has written and a sample chapter from a novel by the author. I think for the amount of advertising that is in the book the reader is entitled to expect at the very least two more short stories
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