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Fragments Paperback – 2 Mar 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; V1 edition (2 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482606488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482606485
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,270,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Forrest is a writer and blogger, who has written about football, politics, music and movies. He is the author of "Believers", his first novel (available soon) and is currently writing his second. He lives and works in the City of Glasgow, the place he calls home.

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What can I say about Fragments apart from it being a series of brilliantly written short stories that explore the darkest and at times the most savage parts of the human psyche. Such was the strength of the characters and locations I was reading to myself in a Glaswegian accent. The dark humour came through alongside some beautifully poignant writing about the divides that still exist amongst parts of the population today. There is a disturbing fascination that draws you in and I am looking forward to seeing more from James Forrest.
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Well done James. This is the best dark fiction I've read in a very long time. The stories grabbed my attention instantly and kept my attention throughout. When I first bought the book, I didn't know what to expect but after reading it I have to congratulate you on such a well written piece. 'Dead dark' reminded me of 'an American psycho' but your character was very witty. This is a very captivating book and I urge anyone who is considering buying this to do so straight away. I eagerly await more dark tales from you.
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Fragments contains a great mix of short stories featuring a wide range of characters, most of whom we may well be familiar with, or, in some cases, have had the misfortune to meet. As a Glaswegian myself, I found a lot of the people, locations etc familiar but still found myself taken to some truly dark places within our city. I now understand why I avoid some parts of it!

Some of the material is not for the squeamish but it never feels over the top and there is some very dark humour throughout. The author has included a fantastic introduction that sets the tone for the 18 stories ahead. I particularly enjoyed Weekend at Cairney's; a very amusing and intriguing story, involving some dubious characters exploiting a friend's hospitality. I genuinely had no idea of how it was going to end and was gripped throughout and was delighted with the conclusion.

I would recommend Fragments to anyone and I am intrigued to see what James Forrest does next.
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I've just finished Fragment 1 , 'Dead Dark' , it jarred me , unnerved me and yet drew me in. An insight into the dark depths of the human soul how life can leave deep tyre tracks in our psyche , but yet in the strains of American Psycho or Red Dragon, a dark soul can exist in 'normal' world but live out a whole other alter ego - anti human life.
I think this short story Dead Dark could be opened up to a further sequel or full book on this character, how is he viewed in his normal existence ? Does he hide fully his dark side and his inhuman urges ? When or how does he switch off the dynamic and switch to the diabolique ?
If fragment 1 leaves shards of intriguing clues, I can't wait to delve further into this darkly enchanting work.
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Fragments is a tantalising taste of dark characters. An exploration of the ordinary, the extraordinary and the surreal in very ordinary settings. Like King's Nightshift or Welshes Acid House, Forrest provides a literary tapas with wit, political, psychological, cultural and sociological insight in a readable and engaging manner. 'Dead Dark' is the literary equivalent of the opening credit explosion in Die Hard with a vengeance. Boom, and Forrest has our attention.
For the Glaswegian reader, the landmarks are terrifyingly familiar, however if 'The Dictator' is any gauge, one does not have to be a native of the setting to enjoy and appreciate the storytelling in Fragments.
A debut to be proud of. My only complaint would be that, as with all engaging collections of short stories, I am now left wanting more.
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