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Kindling (a collection of short stories) by [Livingston, Stephen]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YDU4PA
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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A selection of stories that evoke different emotions from you, from sadness (A Cataract of Breaking Glass) to humour (the protagonist's sense of injustice at not being fed breakfast after spending the night at a police station in The Waster's Tale).

My absolute favourite is The Wheel of Justice. The way the author wrote this story really made it seem real. I could just imagine watching this kind of show in real life, along with the accompanying adverts.

This collection is definitely worth reading.
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This is a great collection of stories to whittle away an afternoon with! Particularly liked the first one, Choose Your Future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of short stories 12 Sept. 2011
By K. Sozaeva - Published on Amazon.com
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Short stories in a variety of styles - if you're looking for something that will give you a chance to read through something in a short period of time, a set of short stories is just what you want, and these are some particularly wonderful short stories!

Choose Your Future - written in the very difficult 2nd person POV, this is a wonderfully evocative short. The main character, while at a rave, has a sort of epiphany, an extreme experience, about how the world needs to be shaped, and that he is pivotal in deciding which way the world will go. An interesting idea presented in a unique manner.
Recycling - this was an interesting piece; on its surface, there was a great deal of "the children are being indoctrinated" rhetoric - with which I actually agree - but there was another layer to this morality play. Recycling can be literal, or it can be figurative, and it is important to remember that it never hurts to do what one can to maintain a healthy living space - physically AND emotionally.
The Waster's Tale - while many of these stories are written in "dialect," at least in part, this first-person POV story is written with a strong "accent" that makes it quite interesting to read. Maybe not terribly easy to read for those of us across the Pond in the US, but interesting. The story is basically told by a guy who likes to stay wasted, describing a 24-hour period in his life.
The Wheel of Justice - What happens when the death penalty becomes entertainment? What type of game show would be best suited to this? "The Wheel of Justice" gives one possible answer to that question. I was interested in the world from this story - I think it would be interesting to see a full story set there, exploring how the world got this way, what the rest of society is like, etc.
She Won't Call - the conversation of two young bachelors as one tries to find love. Quite amusing ending.
A Cataract of Breaking Glass - the sound of breaking glass is the sound of a broken heart. Incredibly sad story, beautifully written.
Come Dancing - very short and well-written piece of erotica.
The Farmer's Right Arm - the wonders of modern technology or the evils of genetic manipulation? The reader is left to make his or her own decision.
Jaipur Gems - a vacationer in India is given a great opportunity ... or is it? Wonderful descriptions.
The Adventures of Freddie the Moth - like "The Metamorphosis" only with a moth.
Work Abroad - a very difficult story, based upon what I have heard to be true, about how young girls are lured from their home countries with the promise of new jobs and new lives abroad ... only to be enslaved. Wonderfully told.
The Tell-Tale Trunk - homage to the master, Edgar Allen Poe.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Well Written Short Stories. Really Worth Reading 27 May 2012
By Georgina Anne Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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This collection of short stories was a lovely surprise. I wasn't drawn by the cover, serendipity led me to download it. I took a quick look at the first short story, as I usually do, to get an idea of the writing style. I read the first page, and continued on. The writing is wonderful-- I mean really good! It flows effortlessly. Each short story is very different, the approach, narrative, and cadence of the passages too. I thought they all worked equally well. Among my favourites: the delightfully surreal 'The Adventures of Freddie the Moth', the very funny 'The Waster's Tale', and the beautifully chilling 'The Tell-Tale Trunk'.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories were Wonderful 25 May 2012
By Coffeebear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A great collection of Wonderful short stories, I thoroughly enjoyed them all. Kindling (a collection of short stories)
Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bam....it's the end. 26 May 2012
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
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I got the free eBook. I can't say as I would buy it but normally don't read short stories. I had a lot of trouble getting through the story of the moth. After that, the remaining stories kept me going from one page to the next. I thought they were very descriptive and well written. I did not like how quickly the stories ended. It felt like the story ended in one or two sentences and I felt I was left wanting more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 24 July 2012
By V. Cano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Short story collections are always tricky to read, and therefore to review, since many times the reader doesn't get a feeling for the author's writing. This one, however, surprised me.
The writing is effortless. Even one of the stories, "Choose Your Future", which is written in second person, flows really well. Anyone who's ever tried writing in that tense can understand why this is such a feat. But it's not just this story. They all have different styles; none of them sound quite the same as the ones before, which is fantastic, and refreshing.
One of the more interesting stories is "The Waster's Tale." It is written so that we know the main character has a strong accent, so it can be a little challenging to read, but the story itself is so great, once you get started you can't put it down. Another good one is "Work Abroad", about young women who are promised jobs in Europe, only to be sold into slavery. Tough to read, but well written.
This is definitely a good collection for all lovers of short stories and I do recommend it.
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