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There is No Otherwise by [Lalui, Ardin]
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About the Author

Ardin Lalui was born in Ireland in 1981. He later lived in Eastern Europe, Africa, South America and Canada. He received a law degree from the University of Aberdeen but gave up the law to live a life of adventure. He has been writing since 2007 and published his first story on Amazon Kindle in 2012. His biggest influences are Cormac McCarthy and the lyrics of Tom Waits. Visit Ardin's website at http://ardinlalui.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1228 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Ardin Lalui (30 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZKT9LW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #841,115 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed reading this book - it took me a little while to get into the setting but once I did I became fully immersed and couldn't stop reading until I reached the end.

I would highly recommend it.
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I started reading this story early evening, with my intention being to read a little of it, watch my favourite soaps on TV, and then return to it later in the evening. Alas, I missed my soaps! I became quickly engrossed in the tale and lost track of time, but in my opinion it was worth missing my TV show to get through this story in one sitting, as I think reading it in one go had more of an impact that reading it a little at a time. What I really loved about the story, and this is something that is very important to me, was the character development, which was excellent. I really dislike books where I have no feelings towards the characters but thankfully this was not one of them. This was quite a haunting and very interesting story; I would love to read more from this author.
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I don't usually read short stories as such (other than Stephen King collections) but I actually started reading this one and wanted to keep going. I found myself immersed in the tale and its characters, and I found the opening paragraph to be quite atmospheric, setting the mood for the story to come. One of the things I love about Stephen King is that his short stories always 'set the scene' which helps to keep my imagination well oiled - I found the same to be true of this story, which I thought flowed beautifully, making it easy to read in one go. Good story, solid writing, interesting plot, and very good development of characters and scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for nothing, this pleasing short story... 8 Feb. 2013
By Rick O - Published on Amazon.com
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Not for nothing, this pleasing short story ( 44 pages ) reminded me of Jay and the Americans 1964 song 'Come a Little Bit Closer'. All the elements are there, but still the ending is somewhat different. My question to author Ardin Lalui is why did you stop the story on page 44? I was really getting into the content when it ended. Why? It's too bad, because the book seemed like it was ready to ignite. If you are not ready to write a full novel, try a 200 pager like Stephen King's 'The Mist'. Not every author can write a 54 page masterpiece like Washington Irving's 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow', or the 44 page classic 'Rip Van Winkle'. Your story displays pending talent and I look forward to your first novel. I also found the lack of quotation marks refreshing, while substituting them with dash marks somewhat original.

The story centers around three young men driving a pickup through Texas to the small town of Las Cruces, New Mexico. They all work at the Tobin Ranch as cowhands, but are treated as the sons of the Tobins. They are depressed about Mrs.Tobin's mortal illness and Mr. Tobin's subsequent hard drinking. They are looking for a good time! They pull into town and enter a drab bar named La Luna. On page sixteen, JP, the youngest of the three friends, looks around and says to himself "...it was about the kind of place where nothing good would ever happen to them..." This is where I stop, you will have to read this winsome short story for yourself to find out what happens next.

Mr. Lalui does flash the reader his budding talent, and I would like to see more extensive work from him in the future. Even though he only had 44 pages to work with, it's surprising how much empathy this reviewer had for the characters. There wasn't much time for the author to give the reader a warm feeling about anything, but somehow he succeeded. Kudos to this promising Irish author, who writes westerns!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A short piece about isolation punctured by pleasure and violence 13 Jan. 2013
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
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I know Las Cruses, El Paso and the outlying towns pretty well. Even today Las Cruces has the feel portrayed in this story (unless you go up the hill to end of town with the shopping mall and Golden Corral). The story seems to take place in the past, but maybe not, hard to say and that gives it a timeless quality. As the other reviews have pointed out it's a piece about the characters and the setting. The plot centers around a confrontation and it's lack of alternatives to anything but violence.
3.0 out of 5 stars Different 13 Aug. 2013
By Jean Nienhuis "MaggieJ" - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want to read a short piece that doesn't fit into any prescribed format, this is for you. I think I can say I enjoyed it, but I'm not positive. Did it leave an impression on me? Oh yes; it's just hard to put that impression into words. Since I value reading things that aren't always "predictable," I'm glad I read this and I will recommend it. Just remember, it's different.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot said in few words 12 July 2013
By Twostory - Published on Amazon.com
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thats for sure. Young men in rough bars can sometimes expect trouble, and that's part of the reason they go there. But there's more to this short tale than girls, bar troubles and knife fights - a lot more - and that's why I liked it.
2.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but more for men, I think 21 July 2013
By Reviewer#1 - Published on Amazon.com
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Very masculine thinking--it seems. I do not recommend this for my friends. I think it it is an interesting study of characters. The point of the book was lost on me, but I did continue to read--thinking that I would soon get the point. Try the first few chapters and decide for yourself.
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