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Fifty/Fifty and Other Stories by [McFarland, Matthew W.]
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About the Author

Matthew W. McFarland was born in 1983 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After graduating from the University of Dundee with a master's degree in psychology, he took several jobs including delivering mail, producing birth certificates, and working in the heart of the Northern Ireland Government. He currently lives with his young family just outside the city of Belfast.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484822765
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Matthew W. McFarland; 2 edition (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00978M676
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #373,936 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Ignite TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2012
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This is a nice little collection of stories, some of which read like snatches from an autobiography but some cover a scattering of other genres. There are stories which would definitely come into the category of Horror - Wee Tiny Spiders and The Seventeenth Door for example. I really loved The Burning Bar - the first in the book with its unexpected ending - and the title story, Fifty/Fifty was delightful. Some harked back to a youth spent in Northern Ireland's 'Troubles' and some, like Defenestration, were real thought-provokers.

The writing throughout was direct and clear and refreshingly professional! Well worth a read.
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Very impressed with this new authors writing, great observational and descriptive skills. Good mixture of stories -humour,pathos,horror - hooks the reader in from the beginning and makes them want to keep reading.
Looking forward to more.
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I've known the author of this superb collection for many years, I hold him in high regard as a friend and confidant. I would also add I am one of the biggest fans of his writing and plan to be so for many years to come. I hope this does not sway peoples opinion of my five star review. The collection is funny, thought-provoking and heart warming in many places as well as being gritty, real and truthfully disturbed in others. If anything it is a fantastic read and I implore other readers to find it out for themselves. If I have anything negative to say it will be what I have told the author in person. Some of the stories have you gripped to the point of salivating and the end arrives to soon. I want more, a complete novel, this will only happen with people buying this one. So for the sake of my sanity buy the damn book!
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I'm a short story fan. They are their own singular art, as distinct from the novel as they are from haiku. Mathew McFarland's 50/50 and Other Stories is a fine collection of eleven little gems, all set in either Ireland or Scotland. Some, like the tale of the man who ran into a burning building, have an O. Henry-like twist. Some read like reflections or slice-of-life, while others--like the tale of a census taker--you hope are purely the figment of the author's fertile imagination. This book is a perfect read for the commute on the train or sitting alone in a coffee shop. None of the stories are very long, but each holds your attention. I look forward to Mr. McFarland's next collection.
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I really enjoyed reading this collection of stories which stand alone as well as hang together.

Well written and quite funny in places.

Looking forward to the next collection.
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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 the author's descriptive language and ability to quickly set a scene.

Particularly enjoyed Wee Beasties and think 50/50 could easily be developed into a larger story.

Overall very impressed and look forward to more to come.
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50/50 was terrific book. Matthew McFarland did a fabulous job with his book. Each story was very descriptive and pulled me in I felt as though I was in each story I read. He used the descriptions so creatively and they were in no way over done.
I liked 50/50 very much. I enjoyed each story in the book completely and would really like to read any future writings that Mr. McFarland may do.
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A great collection of short stories with interesting characters and themes. A lot of the stories are very amusing and some of them are really thought-provoking. My two favorite stories from the collection are Defenestration and Wee Tiny Spiders, but I think What Have You done? and Fifty/Fifty are also particularly well written. I hope to be able to read more of this authors work in the future.
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