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Something Nice - Ten Stories

Something Nice - Ten Stories [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Lawston
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An acclaimed collection of ten short stories by Andrew K Lawston. A blend of science-fiction, fantasy, philosophy and the supernatural. From the cuddly neighbours with a nasty hobby in Throwing Up With the Joneses, to the lovelorn robot of Cyberstalking these stories all made the author's Mum ask the same question. "Why don't you write something nice?"

Well, now he has.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3155 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Andrew Lawston (26 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R62AXU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrew Lawston is a London-based writer and amateur actor, who produces short stories and non-fiction articles as a procrastination tactic to avoid finishing a novel. When not writing, acting, reading, drinking beer or cooking curry, Andrew works as publishing manager for a membership organisation.

In addition to his original short stories, Andrew has also placed Doctor Who fiction in several charity anthologies, including The Cat That Walked Through Time, and Shelf Life.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something very Nice 14 Mar 2013
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Something NIce is anything but, and that's a good thing. A dark menagerie of twisted tales that at times stuns you and at other times leaves you smirking with glee. For me, highlights including the meta-goodness of the opening story, "Write a Short Story About Growing Up. Include Three Apples and a Suitcase." to the absolute brilliant yarn The Hero Function. Overall, each story is well written and goes at a pace which easily makes you either delve in with both feet, or splash your toes about for a moment. Either way, you're going to get bitten by the piranhas that lurk...

Andrew Lawston has crafted some prime shorts here, and this reader looks forward to the next batch.
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I'm a sucker for a short story, and this collection certainly doesn't disappoint. Lawston has a terrific style regardless of the type of tale he's telling, and it's been a while since I've had an enjoyable a read. Can't recommend it highly enough. "The Hero Function" is a particular favourite - razor-sharp and hilarious satire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really exciting read!!! 29 Jan 2014
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I absolutely love this collection of short stories! They are really well written and surprisingly unlike each other! Fresh, original, real characters! There's everything for everyone, from teenage love to science fiction and horror...short stories that stand on their own and leave you thinking, hoping and smiling, most of the time:) I particularly liked 'throwing up with the Joneses' and I am convinced it's one of those stories you'll never be able to forget!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection of short stories 15 Nov 2013
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Wonderful collection of 10 short stories, and an equally entertaining account of the author's choice of book title. I'm a huge fan of short stories to fill up the Gaps Between Things in everyday life with the wondrous, bizarre and thought-provokingly sinister and this collection didn't disappoint. Veers from the truly nauseating to the merely disturbing, from chilling to darkly hilarious and the author is an expert at stinging twists in the tale, something I adore. Andrew Lawston takes perfectly normal everyday life - everything from teenage love through uni house sharing, raising kids and office temping and puts his own, weirdly unique spin on the familiarly mundane. Fantastic book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Final tip - don't read Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony just before dinner. You'll thank me for that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous Book! 3 Jan 2013
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I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion and review:

I gave this book 4 stars and here is why:

'Something Nice' is made up of 10 short stories of all different genres including Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Comedy.

If you're a fan of British comedy then you will most definitely love this book! You'll never be bored with the array of well written and extremely strange book!

On a lighter note, don't judge the book by its cover it doesn't really relate to any of the stories.

After reading the 'Afterword' I can honestly say I love the name of the book and what it symbolises and Andrew Lawston is a brilliant author! Bravo!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable collection 3 May 2012
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Andrew Lawston is a new writer to me although these stories have evidently had previous incarnations. There wasn't a single one I didn't enjoy. They were particularly well written and all had that little edge of discomfort. With many, you wondered if it could happen. The best accolade I can give him is that his stories didn't remind me of anyone else's work. He writes with his own voice. Long may he continue.
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How's about this for a cracking first line: "The sun shone on the blackboard, partly obscuring the title as it was formed by the dancing, screeching stump of chalk."? Does the rest of the writing in "Something Nice" live up to this early promise? Absolutely.

The writing is crisp and succinct, and the characters bold and believable (though whether you will like them or not is another matter). It is clear that the author wrote almost every story not only with beer in hand but also with a smile on his face and, whether writing about action heroes, corpulent couch potatoes or sinister auditors, delivers each story with considerable energy, enthusiasm and humour. The possible exception could be "The Late Romantics" which has a poignant tang of angst. I also enjoyed the sardonic comments on modern life - call centres, office politics and childcare - embedded in several of the stories.

To echo the comments of another reviewer, the length of each story makes them perfect for bedtime reading or a short bus or tube ride. A very self-assured and confident anthology which is well worth a read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fansatic Read 4 Jun 2012
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I found this book absolutely enchanting, there is a steady flow to the book that lifts you up and pulls you along making you absorbed into Lawston's words.

I read this book whilst on holiday and couldn't put it down, which leads to my one real criticism that 10 stories just didn't feel enough, I was left longing for more.

By far my favourite story was 'Too Much Love Can Kill You'. I found myself on a roller-coaster of emotions, from anticipation, morose and feeling thoroughly uplifted.

I'll be first in line for any further installments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice pub crawl...
I have really enjoyed this collection of short stories. I say that I had a nice pub crawl because all except one, have been written in part in various pubs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Frenchie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved them!
Absolutely loved this collection of short stories. They were all quirky, well thought out and a brilliant combination of funny, shocking and different. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining short story collection
Something Nice manages to collect a set of experiences most people share and make them differently memorable - from the girl that got away to fried burger and chips, each vividly... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Virginia
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific and horrific
Something Nice is a collection of short stories which is by turns funny, shocking, gory, thought provoking, gruesome, terrifying and grisly, but always highly entertaining. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2012 by Jinnie Cracknell
5.0 out of 5 stars Not "nice" but definitely different!
I loved this anthology. It certainly isn't for anyone who doesn't like horror and things which play with your mind! Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2012 by Suzi Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable short story collection
Andrew Lawston is an engaging contemporary writer with an easy touch and a diamond-tipped wit. He has a natural eye for a story and can write in a variety of genres. Read more
Published on 27 May 2012 by r j askew
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