- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 328 KB
- Print Length: 26 pages
- Publisher: Ganglion Press; 2 edition (8 Mar. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007ITA0GK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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MANCHESTER 6 Kindle Edition
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My favourite concerns a window cleaner who snaps and sets in motion a revenge attack on the villain who has ruined Christmas for him and his kids.
Which isn’t to say that the others in the collection are too shabby either.
International terrorism comes to Manchester……. a good neighbour with a genial, generous nature gets taken for a mug…… Dogger Dave and his tiny appendage….plus plenty more besides
Violent, gritty, fast and furious with street language and touches of humour – sprinkled throughout.
There’s a piece at the back of the book where the author explains the inspiration behind the narratives, what conversations and chats inspired certain tales – an interesting peek inside a writer’s brain.
4 from 5
Purchased some time ago on Amazon UK for kindle.
Col Bury’s other selection of Manchester tales - The Cops of Manchester - will be shuffled closer to the top of the pile.
Manchester 6 is a collection of 6 short stories (and a bonus 7th) told from various perspectives that ultimately lead to someone ending up with an undesirable conclusion -whether that is in the permanent or metaphorical sense.
The assorted plot lines reel you in from the start, some admittedly more than others, but with an ever increasing pace, the endings of each of these stories definitely leave you craving for more!
Each story is set in…Manchester…were you surprised? Or did the title of the book give it away….it would have been really funny if Mr Bury used his brilliant sense of humour and screwed with our minds by setting the tales in somewhere like…Birmingham…though he writes what he knows and he certainly gave me a sense of what the darker side of Manchester holds. Note to self: stay out of Manchester! <Kidding!…sort of> 😜
Within the short stories, we come across a huge array of interesting characters, some of which reminded me of Martina Cole’s gritty, gangland badasses! You know the ones, they leave a bad taste in your mouth long after the book has been shelved! And the characters were relate-able…not that I mix with seedy people….well I do…but that is work, and I am not talking about the offenders! 😂 They had a realism to them — it could be the guy across the road, your friends…you know what I mean? Nicely done, Mr Bury.
There were three stories that particularly stood out for me: Lucky S***, Forum of Fury and Snakes & Ladders. What I loved about each of these stories was the dark, but funny humour wrapped up in irony and the fact that each could have had a very different ending (whether it was better or worse) if each of the main characters had just chosen a different path! Particularly Forum of Fury, it made me laugh but I was also almost as anxious and paranoid as the main character at times!
Col Bury has a great style to his writing. He captures the moment, pulls you through and then leaves you clinging at the edge! His descriptions at times had me right there in the story and I loved some of them so much that I would be more than happy if they turned into a full blown book!
So if you want a gritty, dark, twisty but relatively quick ride…jump on the bus #bookjunkies and grab yourself a copy of Manchester 6 – you will not be disappointed! I am off now to read another collection of Col’s short stories: The Cops Of Manchester…see ya on the other side!
Col Bury's bite-sized chunks of Manchester life portray a grim and gritty side of Manchester - just one face of the city. (Much as Irvine Welsh portrayed only one face of Edinburgh in "Trainspotting".)
There are no happy endings here - but then, real life isn't a fairy tale for most. If you spend a lot of time online then you might empathise with Joe's paranoia in "Forum of Fury" - hopefully you'll never find yourself in his particular dilemma! I've only visited Manchester a couple of times but, "Fists of Destiny" is so visual that I could picture myself in that room in "The Beetham Tower" - a powerful and poignant piece of writing.
I suspect it won't be long before we see the name Col Bury on the front of a longer piece of work - but meantime, I'd be happy to purchase more of his short stories in this format.
This book contains 6 short stories, all of which are rooted in the seamier side of Manchester.
I'm not usually a short story fan, but I found these stories to be very interesting and engrossing. I admit, though, that I was on the third story before I realised that each story was self contained! I kept wondering when and how the characters and events in the previous two 'chapters' would connect with the third 'chapter'.
Once I had sorted out in my mind that the stories were only connected by location, then I found the stories to be engrossing and very real.
As a previous Amazon reviewer said, there are no happy endings here, just gritty drama. If you like your stories strong, then this is a must read.
I'm sure that Col Bury will soon be writing full novels (if he hasn't already0, and I would be happy to read them too.
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