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Selected Short Stories Featuring Ghost Dust [Kindle Edition]

Nicolas Wilson
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Book Description

Fifteen short stories featuring Ghost Dust, Hang Around, Colossus, Suicide Spear, and others. 
Hypotenuse: A detective and a witness become acquainted as he investigates the death of one of their neighbors.

Colossus: An arctic scientist explores the habitat of the Colossal Squid, and finds a secret even larger than the cagey mollusk.

Support: An Explosive Ordinance Disposal officer connects with his family as he wrestles with an especially difficult day in Iraq.

Something to Say: A forensic tech examines the body of a woman murdered outside a police station.

Why There Are No More Dragons Or Unicorns: A father's tale of the last dragon and unicorn.

Turing's Test: A computer with a personality disorder mulls its own idiosyncratic existence with its human roommate.

Only Numan: A young man with a genetic predisposition toward unstable genes is given the opportunity to become a part of governmental experiments to develop superhumans.

Prisoners of War: A forensics anthropologist and a left-for-dead Marine track a war criminal, in post-war Vietnam.

Raider: A woman comes to grips with her own identity and mortality while breaking into an Egyptian pyramid.

Dante's Infirmity: An old man and his family struggle to preserve his humanity and independence navigating the medical establishment, as he approaches the end of his life.

The Ghost Club: Mr. Houdini and Mr. Doyle explore the question of life after death.

Suicide Spear: Humanity takes the battle to an alien homeworld's doorstep, after decades of a devastating war of attrition.

Hang Around: A cowboy, a Buddhist monk, and others relive the results of one choice.

Ghost Dust: A medical patient reflects on the aftermath of 9/11.

Bloody Hands: A community shares responsibility and blame after a young boy's call for help.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 485 KB
  • Print Length: 135 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CFMXEC2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #883,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Nicolas Wilson is a published journalist, graphic novelist, and novelist. He lives in the rainy wastes of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two cats and a dog.

Nic has written eight novels. Whores: not intended to be a factual account of the gender war, and Dag are currently available for e-reader, and will soon be available in paperback. Nexus, The Necromancer's Gambit, Banksters, Homeless, The Singularity, and Lunacy are all due for publication in the next two years, as well as several short story collections.

Nic's work spans a variety of genres, from political thriller to science fiction and urban fantasy.

For information on Nic's books, and behind-the-scenes looks at his writing, visit nicolaswilson.com. Sign up for his mailing list to receive a free novella, Dogs of War.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very talented writer 20 Aug. 2013
By Mike D
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
These are an amazing set of short stories, which are such wide-ranging they serve to showcase how talented and creative Nic Wilson is as a writer. Most writers stick to the norm of what they know and don't diverse, in the case of Nic Wilson, however, he effortlessly blends genres and competently writes stories with characters you care for. As usual with his other works, the editing is excellent and price is well worth the money. If you haven't discovered this writer yet, then don't hesitate to download this book or check out his other works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic collection 16 May 2013
By Rob May
Format:Kindle Edition
Nic Wilson's collection contains stories that are so detailed and convincing that it's hard to tell where research ends and personal experience begins. 'Support' is so realistic in its description of a routine job in the life of a bomb disposal expert in Iraq, that you feel a whole novel could be built around the character. As it is, the contrast between the detailed set-up and the wistful ending serves to highlight the fact that a short story can sometimes only be a small window into a larger world.

A lot of the stories are set at the extreme boundaries of science and the paranormal, but the overall theme seems not to be to contrast the two, but to comment on how people deal with these tough situations. In 'Suicide Spear' a veteran pilot comes to terms with the hard reality of intergalactic space battles, while in 'Raider' a cancer-sufferer turns to ancient legends in her desperate search for a cure.

My favourite was the 'The Ghost Club', a playful but chilling encounter between Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle that shows how two world-famous but wildly-different people approach magic and reality. But the essence of the collection is distilled in 'Ghost Dust', where a grim medical diagnosis is exacerbated by fear, grief and the spectre of terror. The last line will haunt you in a way that no scientist could ever explain rationally.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing short stories 14 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It takes a special author to write an interesting short story. Nicolas Wilson is one of those talented people. In 'Ghost Dust & Selected Short Stories' he presents us with a collection of sixteen tales. The shortest, 'Ghost Dust', is only 430 words; the longest, 'Prisoners of War', is 6379 words.
Written in the style of a modern Edgar Alan Poe, many with macabre plots, this selection includes crime, science fiction, the supernatural, and even a fairytale.
Here are many fine stories. My two favourites are: 'Suicide Spear', a 'defend-our-world-from-invading-aliens' science fiction; and the brilliant, 'Hang Around', a fascinating tale of reincarnation.
Nicolas Wilson's preface informs the reader that some of his stories are snippets from novels he's working on or finished. Unfortunately, he doesn't tell us which.
As you might expect from a journalist, Nicolas Wilson writes competently. Fourteen of his sixteen stories use first-person narrator. My only criticism with many of these stories is the excessive use of abbreviations and acronyms, I found them confusing and annoying. In, 'Prisoners of War', I counted 42 examples. To my mind, this is jargon.
Apart from that, these stories are well worth reading and I look forward to further works from Mr. Nicolas Wilson.

I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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Nicolas Wilson's "Ghost Dust and Selected Stories" is a wide-ranging, eclectic collection of excellent short fiction, written in different styles and voices, covering the gamut of genres. Do you like a hard-drinking detective working a murder case? Then Hypotenuse starts you off with a bang. How about a chilling, and heart-breaking, letter from home by a soldier in Iraq? That would be Support. Wilson takes a stab at unicorns and dragons, artificial intelligence, mutated humans, post-war Vietnam, and even the lingering human costs of 9/11.
The diversity of his stories is quite stunning, but not as stunning as how effortlessly he handles each genre. The common factor is his ability to use minimum effort, often just a phrase or two, to establish his characters and make the reader believe in and care about them. Some of his stories come with the more traditional twist or surprise resolution at the end; others are slices of dialogues or monologues, often ending just when the reader is wondering what's going to happen next. Many have a certain resigned sadness to them, as if the characters know that things aren't going to turn out well in their lives, but keep on going. Are all the stories equally good? No. But when you put together 16 stories like these, it's almost quibbling to complain that one or two didn't work as well as some of the others. The majority of these stories are simply excellent.
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent, and Eclectic, Collection of Stories 9 May 2013
By Gabriel Boutros - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Nicolas Wilson's "Ghost Dust and Selected Stories" is a wide-ranging, eclectic collection of excellent short fiction, written in different styles and voices, covering the gamut of genres. Do you like a hard-drinking detective working a murder case? Then Hypotenuse starts you off with a bang. How about a chilling, and heart-breaking, letter from home by a soldier in Iraq? That would be Support. Wilson takes a stab at unicorns and dragons, artificial intelligence, mutated humans, post-war Vietnam, and even the lingering human costs of 9/11.
The diversity of his stories is quite stunning, but not as stunning as how effortlessly he handles each genre. The common factor is his ability to use minimum effort, often just a phrase or two, to establish his characters and make the reader believe in and care about them. Some of his stories come with the more traditional twist or surprise resolution at the end; others are slices of dialogues or monologues, often ending just when the reader is wondering what's going to happen next. Many have a certain resigned sadness to them, as if the characters know that things aren't going to turn out well in their lives, but keep on going. Are all the stories equally good? No. But when you put together 16 stories like these, it's almost quibbling to complain that one or two didn't work as well as some of the others. The majority of these stories are simply excellent.
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic collection 16 May 2013
By Rob May - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Nic Wilson's collection contains stories that are so detailed and convincing that it's hard to tell where research ends and personal experience begins. 'Support' is so realistic in its description of a routine job in the life of a bomb disposal expert in Iraq, that you feel a whole novel could be built around the character. As it is, the contrast between the detailed set-up and the wistful ending serves to highlight the fact that a short story can sometimes only be a small window into a larger world.

A lot of the stories are set at the extreme boundaries of science and the paranormal, but the overall theme seems not to be to contrast the two, but to comment on how people deal with these tough situations. In 'Suicide Spear' a veteran pilot comes to terms with the hard reality of intergalactic space battles, while in 'Raider' a cancer-sufferer turns to ancient legends in her desperate search for a cure.

My favourite was the 'The Ghost Club', a playful but chilling encounter between Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle that shows how two world-famous but wildly-different people approach magic and reality. But the essence of the collection is distilled in 'Ghost Dust', where a grim medical diagnosis is exacerbated by fear, grief and the spectre of terror. The last line will haunt you in a way that no scientist could ever explain rationally.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing short stories 14 May 2013
By James Field - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
It takes a special author to write an interesting short story. Nicolas Wilson is one of those talented people. In 'Ghost Dust & Selected Short Stories' he presents us with a collection of sixteen tales. The shortest, 'Ghost Dust', is only 430 words; the longest, 'Prisoners of War', is 6379 words.
Written in the style of a modern Edgar Alan Poe, many with macabre plots, this selection includes crime, science fiction, the supernatural, and even a fairytale.
Here are many fine stories. My two favourites are: 'Suicide Spear', a 'defend-our-world-from-invading-aliens' science fiction; and the brilliant, 'Hang Around', a fascinating tale of reincarnation.
Nicolas Wilson's preface informs the reader that some of his stories are snippets from novels he's working on or finished. Unfortunately, he doesn't tell us which.
As you might expect from a journalist, Nicolas Wilson writes competently. Fourteen of his sixteen stories use first-person narrator. My only criticism with many of these stories is the excessive use of abbreviations and acronyms, I found them confusing and annoying. In, 'Prisoners of War', I counted 42 examples. To my mind, this is jargon.
Apart from that, these stories are well worth reading and I look forward to further works from Mr. Nicolas Wilson.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Collection of Short Stories 2 Aug. 2013
By Nimjim52 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This collection of short stories is both entertaining and eclectic, with tales ranging from an off-beat Detective Story to Science fiction.
Wilson's characters are interesting and have a style to them, which changes from story to story. Some of his action sequences are very intense, especially in "Prisoners of War", where the descriptions are as brutal as the people they involve. But it is told with style and purpose and makes for a good read.
My favorite involved a diver who was studying the Giant Squid, only to find there is something more to them than anyone expected. I found myself wishing there was more of it, although a good should story really should leave the reader hungry for more.
Another, "The Ghost Club", has an Edwin Droodish quality that I found quite refreshing. (I almost expected Doyle and Houdini to find themselves presented with the same dilemma.)
All in all, I recommend this book to anybody who likes a well-written, stylized collection of short stories with a kind of twist to them
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant collection of stories 20 Aug. 2013
By Mike D - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
These are an amazing set of short stories, which are such wide-ranging they serve to showcase how talented and creative Nic Wilson is as a writer. Most writers stick to the norm of what they know and don't diverse, in the case of Nic Wilson, however, he effortlessly blends genres and competently writes stories with characters you care for. As usual with his other works, the editing is excellent and price is well worth the money. If you haven't discovered this writer yet, then don't hesitate to download this book or check out his other works.
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