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Glimmer and other stories: Unusual and curious tales of magical realism, horror, mystery, suspense and love Kindle Edition
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The first story is itself called Glimmer which is a shrewd title for a powerful narrative that presents the reader with an unreliable narrator, but no way to tell how unreliable, all we get are the glimmers of her life.
The Reclaimed Merman starts with an encounter on a beach. It’s a tale that unfolds in quite unexpected ways. As with all the stories in this collection, beautiful imagery is woven in, but it’s not there for the sake of it, it isn’t background painted for the reader, every word pulls its weight in moving the story on. It’s only when you emerge at the end that you realise you weren’t actually on the beach with the breeze in your hair, looking in on Dys and her creations. Very cleverly done.
Scarecrow is told from the viewpoint of a little girl, Katy, and retains the simplicity of the 10-year-old’s outlook on life, but as the story unfolds, layers of complexity show behind the apparently straightforward sequence of events.
On the Eighth Day is a real gem of a tale. From the start there is a compelling sense of secrets to uncover, something about to happen, but it’s never quite what you expect as the denouement approaches and the truth gradually dawns.
Daub, the story that follows, shares a physical artefact with the previous tale, though it’s a completely different topic and style. It is this that makes me wonder suddenly how this diverse set of stories holds together so well. It’s not by anything as explicit as a common theme, it is these small touches and far more subtle.Read more ›
In ‘Glimmer’– “I felt the sun on my cheeks and heard its heat melt away her frown...”
In ‘Scarecrow’– “The moon shone bright and made drops of water that clung onto the cobwebs shimmer like diamonds... like necklaces left out to dry by ghosts.”
In ‘Daub’– “...shadows... crawled along the skirting boards and up the walls like dirty fingers groping for something clean.” The story itself was imbued with a mystical quality that made all the stories such compelling reading. Nicola McDonagh has perfected the art of letting the deeper meaning lurking in the shadows of her stories creep up on you. And when it does it is shocking, even a little disturbing, but for me always satisfying.
I was overcome with a fit of superlatives again while reading ‘On the Eighth Day’. For me, it was an exquisite exemplar of sophisticated eroticism, an intriguing mystery that built up to its climax so stealthily that its chilling significance only gradually dawned.
There are seven bright jewels in this collection, and I have left descriptions of the rest for you to discover for yourself. You will not be disappointed.Read more ›
Glimmer spoke to me because it really played with the workings of the mind. Which was truly the reality: the character’s take or everyone else’s? The first line really set the ambiance: “The world will not end because I close my eyes.”
I absolutely love the richness of personification in On the Eighth Day. I can always appreciate when an author can take an inanimate object and give it human characteristics. It reminded me of what I tend to do with some elements of my poetry (fear, pain, happiness, and the like). I connected with it very strongly.
The spook element of Daub excited me. I’m a huge fan of psychological, thriller, and horror reads that are carried out well. Timing, dialogue, reactions, everything–very well placed. It was refreshing to have the type of short dark read that wasn’t overly predictable.
I was not sure what to make of Rousseau’s Suburban Jungle at first. That is the beauty of this author’s work. You don’t know what you’re going to get. Yet there were so many segments I liked about it. One was the banter between the saleslady and Esther about the print. Yet there are two more that stand out greater than that exchange.
The tenacity of Jenny the dog spoke volumes. She was the epitome of “Don’t mess with my master.” When Jenny got into action, I wish she would have bitten a bit more of that guy or even an additional appendage–if you get my drift. I also would have liked her to thrown in a bite towards the fakery known as Louise.
With all of her stories, there is a connective fabric.Read more ›
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by A.Swan on 05 December 2016
I absolutely loved these short stories. Nichola has a beautiful way with words, and a rhythm that is so easy to follow. Read more
Nicola McDonagh keeps us guessing on every page turner of this collection of spine-chilling short stories. Read more
It's not hard to understand why Nicola McDonagh has won awards for her creative literature. Nicola has a special skill in the art of crafting unique and entrancing short... Read morePublished 12 months ago by AnnT
These tales grab and pull you into half worlds of foreboding and changing moods with vivid narrative. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Peter Scott
Masterful wordsmith, Nicola McDonagh, shows herself to be an expert at exploring the asymmetrical mind. Nothing and everything is as you expect. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
A stunning collection of highly original short stories, written with verve and style. They do not glimmer they sparkle! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sandy
I came across this author by chance and I am so glad that I did. This dark collection of supernatural short stories was like nothing I have ever read before. Read morePublished on 19 April 2015 by Chanatkins
Ms. McDonagh demonstrates a unique approach to understanding the inner world of those among us who are slipping into an alternate reality. Read morePublished on 16 April 2015 by Reading Maven
I loved these short stories. Thought provoking, clever. Her writing is filled with suspense, creepy and fast moving. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2014 by P.A.Lewis-Brown
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