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The End of All Seasons

The End of All Seasons [Kindle Edition]

Russell Davis

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In his first collection since "Waltzing with the Dead" (2004), Russell Davis returns with "The End of All Seasons," which offers four poems, fourteen short stories (including one never before published), and a creative nonfiction essay about his own muse. From a contemporary take on The Little Match Girl in "The Last Day of the Rest of her Life" to the last man on Earth, writing on an old typewriter of how it all went wrong in "Engines of Desire & Despair," and from a little girl in a Nazi prison camp in "The Angel Chamber" to the untold tale of how Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday became fast friends in "Letter to Josie." This brand new collection from the author whose previous work was called, "one of the most unique short story collections. A complex puzzle of words," by Chizine.Com and received a Perfect 10 rating from Romance Reviews Today, offers visions for each season, from winter to spring, summer to autumn, that will take readers on an unforgetable journey of the triumphs and tragedies of the human heart. Introduction by Nancy Holder.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2153 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00C6MY9ZC
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (3 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C5W1MN0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,279,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 5.0 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
By Paul Genesse - Published on
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No spoilers.

The End of All Seasons by Russell Davis is a fantastic collection of 15 short stories and 5 beautiful poems. I love reading short fiction from master writers, as they take you on a journey using only a small amount of words, and really make you feel something: love, sadness, horror, fear, and especially wonder.

The heart and emotion conjured up is impressive and inspiring in this powerful collection. Russell Davis is a poet-storyteller for sure, and the stories are like well-crafted sculptures, weighty and full of beautiful lines. Several of the tales left me gasping for air. My favorites were "The Angel Chamber" about a little girl in truly horrifying situation, "The Things She Handed Down," "Scars Enough," "Engines of Desire and Despair," "The End of Autumn" and "The Little Match Girl," a dark re-imagining of the classic tale in a modern setting. There's something for everyone, especially for fans of speculative fiction and students of writing.

The End of All Seasons, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED,

Paul Genesse
5.0 out of 5 stars A Savory Genres Potpourri 20 May 2013
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Russell Davis's newly released anthology of stories contains an authenticity and personal edge to many of these pieces that suggests the collection has real back story and personal meaning for the author. I'd encountered a number of his previously published pieces before, but to have them all in one place is a treat. Plus it's a really nice showcase of how versatile Mr. Davis is -- the collection includes multi-genre offerings, including literary, creative nonfiction, SF, fantasy, ghost stories, slipstream, and westerns (and one of these an historical-paranormal western, if such a category exists!) He even throws in four thematically tied poems to start each of the four thematically structured sections. A hat tip to you, sir, and please don't wait so long to favor us again with such a savory potpourri.
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't know what's next--only that it's good... 26 April 2013
By BradH - Published on
One of my all-time favorite meals was a restaurant near Torino, Italy with a famous antipasti buffet--literally over a hundred options--hot/cold, spicy/sweet/savory, you name it. From one bite to the next, I didn't know what to expect. This collection of short stories is the literary equivalent of that culinary delight.

For those unfamiliar with Davis, he is somewhat of a "jack-of-all-trades", crossing many literary genres, but perhaps best-known to "non-writers" for science fiction and western. I am more familiar with some of his sci-fi, but apparently within writing circles he's also known for about every genre, and this collection demonstrates why.

It's a quirky and weird read, and that is intended entirely as a compliment. Normally short story anthologies have "theme" or at least a consistent genre. The only theme tying things together is the author himself. While it isn't obvious that this SHOULD work, it does.

The set of stories progresses seasonally--winter to spring, and on to summer then fall. But beyond that, one never knows what is coming next, only that it's sure to be good (hence my "buffet analogy"). At one point ("The End of Spring"), I thought I was reading a modern Western, only to find myself instead reading what I thought was a horror thriller. By the end, I don't know what I read, but I had loved it and desperately wanted to know "What happened after that?".

The difficulty in reviewing short stories is that I can't say much without giving away the plot. Davis is all over the place--from reimagining the King Arthur legend (providing us the "non-white-washed" version), to turning the Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday story into a fun ghost romp. In between these two crazy departures are a number of entirely original story lines, some gritty, some funny, and some thoroughly magical.

"The Last Day of the Rest of Her Life" is one of those "can't pull your eyes away from the crash" tragedies--beautifully and painfully executed. "Houdini's Mirror" (in the opening sequence) is as magical as its name.

In the Second part ("Spring") "Engines of Desire and Despair" is just wonderful and haunting, along with "The Angel Chamber" which shows up during the "Summer" sequence.

He never lets up, with "Letter to Josie" as the Earp/Holliday entry. And he finishes strongly with "Midnight at the Half-Life Cafe"--a wonderful meditation on our mortality and our roles in that mortality, and "The Things She Handed Down", which can be called nothing less than a beautiful eulogy from the writer to his mother.

I would strongly encourage anybody to be sure and read the author's introduction and "About the Author"--with this background set of details, it becomes clear that if "The Things She Handed Down" isn't thoroughly autobiography, that it is at least heavily influenced by his experiences. I was literally driven to tears in reading it--it was so beautiful and poignant.

A mark of a good book is the "I am so tired, but I can't put this down" syndrome. Given my 2:30 a.m. reading time at one point, this definitely met the mark.

If you are looking only for "A bunch of Sci-Fi Stories" or "A bunch of Western Stories", then this may not be for you. But if you are willing to "nibble" across a wide range of genres, be entertained and engrossed, and just appreciate somebody who's good at his craft, try this book out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Russell Davis did not just tell you a story, ... 1 Oct 2014
By candace carson - Published on
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Russell Davis did not just tell you a story, he drew you in and wrapped you up in the emotions of the characters.
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