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An Odd Quartet by [Brookes, Michael]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1480 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QJMMPC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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I enjoyed reading this collection of four short stories particularly 'The Yellow Lady': a ghost story with an unusual twist. I liked the writing style in 'Forced Entry' which gave a fairly predictable story-line a strong sense of urgency and unease. 'The Reluctant Demon' was really good with a great twist at the end and some very funny contrasts between the young demon and its parent. I liked the way the stories were written: clear, direct, slightly tongue-in-cheek and I was interested to see what else the author could offer so after checking out the sample I downloaded his novel The Cult of Me (The Third Path).
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Writing a collection of short stories is always fraught with danger. The theme may not fit, weaker stories may drag down better efforts, and there has to be enough to engage the reader.

Thankfully, this effort manages to negotiate this path and avoid the pitfalls.

Other reviewers have used the words mystery and intrigue to describe these tales, and I would agree with them.

The first story, The Yellow Lady, appears to be your typical, cliché ridden tale of horror, but a surprise twist in the tale elevates it above the mediocre.

This empty place, is a philosophically interesting view on life, and stories like this (which would probably not get a look in with traditional publishers) have adapted themselves well to the new digital environment. This is probably my favourite story out of the collection.

Other reviewers have cited Forced entry as the weakest piece in the collection, but I thought it worked well as a taught, claustrophobic, story.

The reluctant demon is probably the story I enjoyed the least, whilst the drabbles provided some interesting nuggets of writing.

Overall, though, the collection worked well, had a distinctive theme, and exploited modern trends to be able to market it.

Innovation like this is what is required. Authors don't have to write, 100,000 words, 20 book series, in order to entertain.
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I liked this book, different to my usual reading fodder, but nevertheless I found the stories well written and intriguing.

I particularly enjoyed This Empty Place, a bleak, lonely tale which stirs the imagination

Less good for me was Forced Entry, I thought it didn't really work on paper, would maybe have been better as a short radio play. It reminded me a bit of the scene in the film 'Alien' where the team explore the delerict spacecraft and have trouble maintaining contact with Ripley on the Nostromo.

It's a pretty short book, but a free Kindle download so I am not complaining!
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This was a quick read and each story was engaging and flowed well.

The first story about the ghost had an interesting start and ending, with good character development and an interesting spin on things. The ghost was clichéd but the uniqueness of the rest of it makes up for it.

The second story featuring Death and the death of the universe was an interesting character study, but clichéd at times. The reference to Lovecraft at the end was a great touch, and for the most part, it was a strangely heart warming story.

The third story fell a bit flat for me, mostly because of the style, but it was the creepiest of the bunch and gave a real feeling of dread. It was an interesting experiment that could be enjoyable with an expansion, but as for my personal preference, military language in books always makes me switch off.

The final story was the most creative and interesting, a good example of turning conventions and expectations on their heads. An interesting picture of hell is painted, and it's a story, like the third, that I'd love to read more of.

Overall the stories were brief and engaging, a nice, easy and enjoyable read. I'm not usually a massive fan of short story collections but this one was a belter.
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I received a copy of this book for honest review. 'An Odd Quartet' is a collection of four short horror stories and, as a nice bonus, a handful of flash fiction stories at the end.

It begins with a nicely gruesome and ghostly campfire tale that highlights the consequences of evil deeds in 'The Yellow Lady', goes on to a short glimpse into Death in 'This Empty Place', and then it hits the pure genius of 'Forced Entry'. The last of the main stories 'The Reluctant Demon' was an amusing take on demonic possession. The 'Drabbles' were all tightly written, vivid little flashes of horror.

All of these stories were excellent. I enjoyed the darkly satisfying twists that surfaced in a couple of the tales, and I loved the imagery throughout. I was impressed by how atmospheric the third story really was, even though the entire story is a dialogue exchange of a radio conversation. Don't get me wrong, the other stories were very good but the third one was just brilliant.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it entertained me from start to finish. Recommended reading for fans of horror!
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I enjoyed this quartet and found them to be diverse and entertaining. For me there were two stand out stories which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am a fan of old school horror and the first story, The Yellow Lady was a cracking ghost story but with a modern twist. It was a tale of the unexpected!
The other story which I thought carried some real menace was, Forced Entry. It reads a little like a film script but I think that only adds to the feel and helped create some pretty grisly images in my mind. The pacing on this was superb and although built up some real tension.
I enjoyed the other two and thought they were well thought out and different, particularly the Reluctant Demon.
All in all a very good and entertaining read with some well executed and different approaches to the stories.
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