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The Wheel of Justice (a short story) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Livingston
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hilariously funny dark humor and biting satire combine in this short story set on an American TV game-show of the near future.

Cover Art by Dyfed Thomas.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 89 KB
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YDR07A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #870,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Stephen Livingston is an award winning short story author. His first published work, Choose Your Future, won the inaugural Canongate Prize for New Writing and is available in the anthology Scotland Into The New Era. His short story The Waster's Tale won the EndPapers Tales Series Prize and is available in the anthology Glasgow Tales. Another story Recycling was published in the anthology Scores 4 available from St Andrews University Dept of English where he received a post-graduate M. Litt. in Creative Writing. Kindling, his first collection of short stories, received the ePublishing Consortium Writers Award for exceptional writing.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Macabre but nicely done 1 Oct. 2012
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a good short story set in a very uncomfortable future world. Rainbow Smith, a gangland murderer from the Bronx, is condemned to death. Ok, that happens. The difference in this future scenario is that people can compete on a game show for the 'privilege' of being his executioner.

I found the final scene particularly powerful as it replayed side by side, the scenes from the murder Smith had committed together with the winner's antics to produce the power needed for the death by electrocution. Macabre but nicely done
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars totally twisted! 4 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In a world where we get our kicks from making celebrities eat vile food in the jungle its not really totally out of the question that in a few years time, we could get gameshows like this, though hopefully it will never happen! The story is brilliantly written and really puts you in the audience as the gameshow unfolds. Absolutely loved the totally smarmy, insincere gameshow host - I can see his whiter than white smile, perfectly coiffed hair and fake tan as if I were in the same room. Great little read, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Running Man meets Bob Barker 23 Aug. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I won't give away anything much, but this short tells the story of a game show where the contestants answer questions about crime and punishment in order to win the show's prize - killing a man on death row.

It took me a few moments to wrap my head around this short, because it is very obviously larger than life and definitely gratuitous, but very quickly I found myself flashing back to the insanity of the movie The Running Man and many of Dutch director Paul Verhoeven's films, especially the way Verhoeven would weave in twisted futuristic commercials throughout his films like Robocop or Starship Troopers. I'm a fan of all these movies, and the correlation my mind formed between those and this short story made for an enjoyable experience.

Overall, if you like twisted, bizarre short stories that turn the real world on its ear a little, this is a good read. I look forward to treating myself to this author's other short stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A short story that hopefully will never come true 17 April 2012
By Alex
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Well worth a read. This is a short story that sort of reminds me of reality TV gone wrong. The adverts are great.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling Satire 23 Aug. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"Wheel of Justice" was an interesting short story that reminded me of the films "Idiocracy" and "Running Man." It takes place in a near-future, dystopian American where criminals are entertainingly executed on live T.V. I liked the humor and satire in the story - a nice jibe at modern day America. It was also well written with a cool science fiction flair.

The only shortcoming was that the ending was expected - I wanted something else to happen - or a very shocking twist - but the same is true for most short stories I've read. This one is a stand out though, and I'm glad I picked it up. Definitely made me smile.

A solid buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was hoping for a direction or arc to develop 25 Jan. 2012
By Helps
Format:Kindle Edition
Although this short is well written (despite a few errant adjectives that I found a tad jarring), I was hoping for some sort of twist or at least some sort of character develop / arc or feelings and thoughts. It was more like - this happened - the end. There was nothing that made me think. I will check out some more of this guys shorts because he's a pretty good writer technically - a lot better than a lot of stories I've downloaded and read on here from the self-publishing community.
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