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Top Customer Reviews
The style is very appealing, showing precision and application, and everyone will find something to like in this book; and of course have their own personal favourite story.
The one drawback is the disappointement you'll feel when turning the last page and realising it was the last story of the book!!
The writing throughout was direct and clear and refreshingly professional! Well worth a read.
Looking forward to more.
If I could award half stars I would have rated this book at 3.5. It has been well proof read, which was a very pleasant surprise. The main issue I have is the author's use of very long sentences in the earlier stories, often with clauses out of sequence. I was frequently distracted from the story, finding I was rearranging in my mind the long sentence I was reading. First impressions count for a great deal so it's a real shame that my first impression was of poorly constructed sentences. The images being painted were intrinsically very good but I had to work hard to extract them. This collection would benefit dramatically from a good editor's attentions.
That said, I would still recommend Fifty/Fifty.
The Burning Bar has an altogether amusing ending as it reveals the true pub owner's priorities in a life or death situation. It allows me to question what I would save if the same thing happened to me. Would I be selfish enough to choose my cosmetic kit over my pet cat for example?
I love the personification of the fire and it added to my joy when I was unprepared for the ending. It is very refreshing to read a short-short story which I define as something you can read in one sitting or before you go to sleep. The atmosphere was definitely building
I am a strong believer annoying as this sounds to some readers of leaving multiple questions behind and although it do this in some degree, it didn't keep me awake at night thinking about it. It could have been shorter in my opinion as it involved word content that didn't need to be there.
With Defenestration I only researched the title name after I read it which was the right choice as it would have spoilt it for me.
There is definitely a sense of place with the obvious mention of Belfast unlike the short story before.
First person is always the best point of view to choose as it is more immediate and allows the personal views to hit home with the reader. The inner thoughts in this case are very rhetorical and one dimensional.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A nice little collection of 11 short stories ranging from the very short The Burning Bar, which I thought was excellent, I found Wee Tiny Spiders nicely creepy and The... Read morePublished on 11 Oct. 2013 by Yorkshire Rose
I really enjoyed 50 / 50. I never knew what was coming next! I found the writing to be excellent quality and the stories interesting and different. Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2013 by Ian Carroll
What a lovely quirky collection of stories!
Nicely written, good descriptive language and interesting topics all add up to a great first collection although the one thing that... Read more
Impressive collection of stories from this new author. I enjoyed that even though this is a collection of short stories I felt like I quickly had a grasp of each character due to... Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2012 by CP
The writing in these stories is fantastic, and as a result I found this book to be an enjoyable read. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2012 by Toriz
Fifty/Fifty and Other Stories by Matthew W. McFarland is a collection of 11 short stories. The plot of each of these ranges from a very short story of a man's love for his trumpet,... Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2012 by Georgia
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