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Ordinary Souls by [Bailey, J. S.]
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"When writers publish books, it's like they're revealing hidden parts of themselves, like they're entrusting their readers with some kind of secret. That couldn't be truer with this anthology. In each of these short stories, J.S. Bailey gives us a glimpse inside different parts of her mind, delivering a stirring, multi-genre collection that ranges from clever and humorous to ominous and thought-provoking." --EJ Fisch, author of Dakiti "At times moving, amusing, terrifying, and disturbing, Ordinary Souls is a powerful collection of stories that not only entertain, but illuminate the often contradictory nature of what it means to be human. Read it." --Matthew Howe, author of Waypoint "Ordinary Souls is a chilling set of stories meant to frighten you a bit, but it's also a compelling sampling of insights into the human condition and a fully satisfying read from beginning to end." --G. S. Jennsen, author of Starshine

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1550 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Open Window (13 Oct. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01IFH6RJM
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #466,880 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling sampling of insights into the human condition and a fully satisfying read from beginning to end 13 Oct. 2016
By GS_Jennsen - Published on Amazon.com
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An eclectic mix of supernatural, suspense and horror, this collection of short stories written by the author throughout her career shines a spotlight on a diverse mix of characters. The theme of the collection, however, repeatedly comes back to the question of how people respond to the fantastic. In true storyteller form, Baily always ties the answer back to the individual.

From a mysterious mirror of questionable origin, to a painting that swallows the souls of those who fixate on it, to houses of ghosts and the night-time drive of a family in the mountains, you’ll be left unsettled, provoked and rewarded with glimpses into the mysteries that live in the corners of our world.

Whether through the eyes of a woman hiking alone or a young man exploring a haunted house with his friends, you will feel their palatable fear, uncertainty and unease as you explore the worlds that Bailey has created. At the other end of the spectrum, the tales of a short order waitress investigating (and possibly stalking) a creep that she comes across at her job and the pieces of an immortal woman’s diary as she lives far, far too long will leave you dreading what comes next. The author excels in bringing you to where she wants you, and by the end of each story you’ll be left pondering the larger mystery and the future of the story’s world.

This is the perfect bedside companion for readers who enjoy a good scare, but also like having something to think about in the morning light. Bailey doesn’t rely on established tropes and is a master at keeping you in the moment with her characters, whether they are racing through the desert away from the horrors they have resurrected or facing their own internal demons found in a life after death.

Ordinary Souls is a chilling set of stories meant to frighten you a bit, but it’s also a compelling sampling of insights into the human condition and a fully satisfying read from beginning to end.
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing collection 5 Nov. 2016
By T Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an intriguing collection of short stories, some of which will leave you more than a little unsettled and some of which you'll be thinking about for days. The characters' voices are all distinct throughout their respective stories, and Bailey does a good job of exploring different types of short stories while keeping the whole collection cohesive.

Some of my favorites:

Agoraphobia - I admit I was a little suspicious about the 2nd person point of view at first, but it actually worked out really well for this story. I enjoyed it.

The Outing - This was one of the more unsettling stories for me. Everything seems normal at first, but as little details start to show, you realize that's not the case at all.

Journal Entry from the End of the Universe - I really liked the format of this one. And, as someone who wants to do a million things in life and there won't be nearly enough time, I could easily relate to the main character.

And Lead Us Not - Jenna was easily my favorite character in all of these stories, and I loved the ending, which was entirely not what I expected.

There We Will Be - I'm a social work student who wants to work in child welfare, so this one tugged at my heartstrings for obvious reasons. I just want to give Brian a hug.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful collection 14 Oct. 2016
By Matthew Howe - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of JS Bailey's novels for quite some time, and was happily surprised to find she is as strong a writer of shorts as she is of epic tales of good and evil. Ordinary Souls a terrific, affecting anthology that sticks with you. At times moving, amusing, terrifying, and disturbing, this is a powerful collection of stories that not only entertain, but illuminate the often contradictory nature of what it means to be human. Read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful collection that is anything but ordinary! 1 Nov. 2016
By D. M. Kilgore - Published on Amazon.com
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J. S. Bailey always leaves me in awe. Her characters are never predictable, nor are her endings. Masterful crafting of plot and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. I love her writing so much that I binge-read this in record time. I think I'll read it again and take more time to savor each tale!
4.0 out of 5 stars A Diverse Mix of Genres 18 Dec. 2016
By L. Custodio - Published on Amazon.com
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This collection was great! I really liked how she experimented with each story. She twisted a POV, played with a setting or even told the story from a different perspective. I love how spooky some were where some were thought provoking or just plain nerve wracking with suspense. This is a great place to start reading books by this awesome author!
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