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Short Lived: Short stories for the every day. [Paperback]

Ms Jenny Elizabeth Lippmann , Ms Victoria Emily Hunter
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11 Jan 2014
It's just one of those days... Magicians, phoenix eggs and hot chocolate with a guardian angel. Here is a collection of short stories for the everyday, twisted with fantasy and intrigue... but mind where you step, for here lie domestic dragons, hidden treasures and the dark underside of the suburbs. These short stories mirror everyone's day to day struggles, from grief to first love, from growing up to growing apart. Full of heart and a dash of adventure, 'Short Lived' is a collection of tales like no other.

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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (11 Jan 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1492771864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492771869
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jenny Lippmann spends most of her time daydreaming. Her stories are a frightening insight into her head. Victoria Hunter spends most of her time around books, which is frightening in itself.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Short lived, much loved 21 Jan 2014
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I must confess that I'm not normally one for short stories; I usually find it frustrating to read characters and story lines that never quite develop as they would over the course of a full novel. But it is for that very reason that 'Short Lived' came as such a welcome surprise, as each of these beautifully crafted gems felt nothing but compete, captivating me from the off.

The tales in 'Short Lived' take everyday issues, from the monotony of getting a mortgage to the tedious morning commute, splicing them in a way that feels wonderfully natural with fantasy elements that skirt along the 'did that really just happen?' line. The authors wear both their hearts and literary influences on their sleeves and the collection is all the better for it. Fans of romance, Gaiman, Carroll, King and dare I say it even the New Weird rejoice!

All of the stories that Short Lived contains are quite fantastic, making it hard to pick out a definitive favourite. But if pushed, 'It's just the house settling' is a metaphorical dream and 'Self portrait in charcoal and tears' feels like a 300 page novel somehow (inexplicably, magnificently) crammed into nine pages. And 'Daffodils', the shortest of the bunch, is sure to generate the most tears.

A must-read from start to finish!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Short Lived' deserves a long shelf life. 21 Jan 2014
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I adore this book, a delightfully crafted gathering of short stories which drew me in with their tales of love, loss, lollipops and legend. Each of the sixteen stories became my favourite as I worked my way through the book, the narrative demanding my attention as I turned the pages eager to learn of the next twist or fantastical idea all grounded in everyday reality. I can believe there are creatures that live beneath our suburban streets, hot chocolate loving guardian angels and I shall never be able to wander around a well known Swedish furniture retailer without wondering.... well, pick up a copy and find out for yourself!

Drawing unashamed inspiration from the works of Frank Capra, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, Neil Gaiman and Stephen King amongst others, the authors have created a set of stories that stir the heart and mind, make you smile and shed a tear but above all else, these tales give us hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and magical 24 Feb 2014
Great book. The only problem being that each story is so good it's too tempting to turn straight to the next.
Will have to re-read to fully appreciate each story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 4 Feb 2014
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Really enjoyed reading Short Lived! Full of quirky, imaginative and intriguing stories that are entertaining and well written. I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen!
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