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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (1 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447676963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447676966
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,641,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These twenty-one short fictions differ considerably in genre and length. From horror, crime and sci-fi to contemporary pieces, sometimes with a surreal feel. Story length varies from three sentences to over twenty pages. The most entertaining, for me, had fantastical elements: a girl with wings, a dialogue between monsters, and a talking bird. But I felt the stories that created the strongest impact were those that delved deepest into psychological fears and loss: Featherweight, Secondplace and The Homecoming. I love the diversity of this collection and will definitely keep a look out for more work from this author. Recommended.
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After following this author on Twitter and reading some of his blog posts and short stories, I decided to buy this anthology. I was not disappointed. I loved it.

A collection of some prizewinning and some brand new stories from the author, my favourite has to be `A Night In with Zil'. The nice thing about this book is it covers a lot of different genres. Comedy, crime, coming of age and even horror. So there's bound to be something for everyone.

I think the mark of a good story is if it a) makes you think and b) stays with you after you've read it. Not one story in this book that let it down. Every one had a new angle on familiar subjects, thus living up to the quote;

"The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new." ― Samuel Johnson.

This is a proudly self-published book, which (unlike a few others) does not bring self-publishing into disrepute. It is well edited, easy to read and nicely formatted. This is the sort of publication I aspire to create.
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This collection contains nearly a dozen stories that have won or been shortlisted in competitions, others that have been published in reputable places such as Writers' Forum magazine, and a few that we have the pleasure of seeing for the first time. Let's hope it's a first collection of many.

It's hard to characterise these highly entertaining stories, some of which fall distinctly into the microfiction bucket, except to say that Dan Purdue brings a witty and original approach to each of them - and the effect can be lasting. For example, in the months since I read this book it's been hard to read a restaurant review without the sheer pretentiousness of Xtcokpøt coming to mind. Or to see a plane from which parachuters are leaping without recalling ... well, if you read this book you'll discover that gem too.
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