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Max Under the Stars by [Frasier, Anne]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Length: 17 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 291 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Belfry Press (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0032JSIZK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Aug. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Before Max was born, he wrote his first novel while in utero, scratching the words out on his mother's womb. He loved his writing environment there. It was safe, warm, and cozy, and with no worries about food or work, little Max only had to write. Then to his dismay, he was born, and he lost his first novel. This short story is about Max trying to remember that first book he wrote, trying to recapture that special feeling of his first work and the unique way in which it was created. According to Max, he hasn't written anything good since his uterus days.

This is a smart little story, very much funny and tongue in cheek, and also a little poignant in some ways. It captures a writer's need to create, his urge to put pen to paper, and his very real need to use words in such a way as to define life and somehow give it meaning, from beginning to end.
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Writers are born, not made... This wonderfully entertaining short story, a mixture of fantasy and biting social satire, has all the scope of a novel. I would love to see it expanded to novel length one day. I highly recommend this brilliant little gem. A must read for any book lover, be they a writer or a reader.
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I've just bought my Kindle and so far I'm really enjoying reading short stories on it - especially free or cheap ones, ha ha!

I really enjoyed this story. It was funny and entertaining and also a quick, easy read. I usually prefer horror or thriller stories but this humorous, witty tale wetted my palate, and made me interested in reading more from this author

Laugh out loud at times, I recommend this for Kindle fans and short story fans alike!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The glory days of the uterus 10 Aug. 2011
By S. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
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Before Max was born, he wrote his first novel while in utero, scratching the words out on his mother's womb. He loved his writing environment there. It was safe, warm, and cozy, and with no worries about food or work, little Max only had to write. Then to his dismay, he was born, and he lost his first novel. This short story is about Max trying to remember that first book he wrote, trying to recapture that special feeling of his first work and the unique way in which it was created. According to Max, he hasn't written anything good since his uterus days.

This is a smart little story, very much funny and tongue in cheek, and also a little poignant in some ways. It captures a writer's need to create, his urge to put pen to paper, and his very real need to use words in such a way as to define life and somehow give it meaning, from beginning to end.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE WRITING ON HE WALL...This one you will not want to miss. 15 Aug. 2011
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
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This little short story is one of the many (actually, one of the most important) reasons I love my Kindle and e-books. This little offering by Theresa Weir was a delight from the first sentence on. What a creative mind Weir has.

The other reviewers here have given a very nice little rundown on the plot so I will not linger long on that aspect of the story. Max, while in utero, wrote his first novel on the wall of his mother's uterus. Then, as bad luck would have it, he was born. Max spends the better part of his life in remorse having lost his novel, and trying to recapture that magic time.

I found myself chuckling several times and actually laughing at least twice while reading this thing. The tongue in cheek wit is catching in a subdued and subtle way...the author uses perfect timing when she uses her "punch line." But, as other reviewers have pointed out, there is a certain reality at play here and we get a very nice peek into the inside of a writer's soul...if that is what you want to call it. I was amused during most of the book, yet just a wee bit saddened and concerned at the same time.

What ever the emotion, Theresa Weir most certainly knows how to tell a story. There was not one thing about this entire tale that I did not enjoy.

These short stories that you are able to download at any time are wonderful. They have taken the place of the old magazine giants of decades past, where a reader could plunk down some change and for relatively little money, have a very good reading experience. The days of those great old publications are long gone now and they left a horrible void for those of us who love reading. This void, to a certain extent, is being fulfilled now and I personally feel we are going to see many more quality reading made available to all of us.

Trust me on this one folks...it is most certainly worth the time spent reading...you will not regret it.

Don Blankenship
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well-written but a bit nonsensical 11 May 2012
By Bear with a sore head - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't fault the talent of the writer and the way Theresa's put it together. However the rave reviews leave me rather cold. There's nothing wrong with the story and I daresay that a lot of people will like it. I just can't see that it's anything that special, either.

The basic premise is clearly nonsensical and it's probably that which is putting me off. I could have quite enjoyed the imagined interchange between the toddlers otherwise but I felt this silly shadow hanging over me the whole time.

I'd have given it 5 stars, otherwise. I'm not arguing with those who did - it's just not quite to my taste.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful short story 13 Aug. 2011
By Beth Kristen Nehme - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful short story that gives one a glimpse of a writer's need to create. It's written in a very humorous format, with the first person protagonist poking fun at himself. Still, there is some honesty there about the sacrifice that a writer, and his or her family, makes to the creative process. By living in their imaginary worlds, we lose them to this life at times. I definitely enjoyed it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A born-by-Caesarean writer 7 Feb. 2012
By S. Warfield - Published on Amazon.com
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What an absolute delight this short story is to read. Little Max writes a novel on the wall of his mother's uterus and then has to be born, leaving his novel behind. There is a lot to laugh about and also some things to cry about in "Max Under the Stars."

Theresa Weir is exceptionally creative and thoughtful to write this short story. It's a lot packed into 2500 words, and with such a satisfying ending, too. It deserves no less than 5 stars.
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