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Toast by [Clutterbuck, Rachel, Hannah Coneys; Ruth Cornish;, Robert Frimston; Ramman Gautam;, Abigail Gregory; Peter Huntley;, Simon James; Kylie Jensen;, Lucy Kaufman; Alison Kenward;, Martha Loader; Adam Martin;, Greg Meritt; Bill Rayburn;, Dani Redd; Fiona Scoble;, Michael Springford; Mark Triller; James Troughton, Adam Blampied]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1141 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Mardibooks (30 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E9CANUC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #492,116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Exciting and vibrant stories from 21 new authors who entered a writing competition and were selected for their originality and excellence from hundreds of submissions. The first story, from which the collection gets its name, is a chilling tale which sets a high bar for the others to follow. They do not disappoint. I love short story collections as you can read a complete story in a sitting and it is good to see that the art of short story writing is far from dead. These stories all have a contempory feel to them. The authors write to disturb our comfortable assumptions and encourage us to think in new ways.
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If like me you are a fan of short stories then this is the book for you. Several stories which are still long enough to develop the characters and get you involved. My personal favourites include "Nothing But Me" by Adam Blampied and in particular "Nathan Laine" by Ramman Gautam. The latter was an enthralling piece looking at modern warfare and the characters come alive given their realistic portrayal. Never an easy subject to write a story on but this author has done it well. Reading the preface clear how competitive it was for all the writers to get to the stage whereby their stories were selected. In that respect they should all be congratulated. Hope to see more work from these budding authors in the future especially the two mentioned above. All in all excellent value.
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The world of 'Toast' burns, the heat tantalising and the tales cutting. The characters, crafted by twenty-one deliciously refreshing pens, are forced to struggle in dark realities, where relationships and sanity of mind are pushed to the edge.

From a chilling 'Rabbit' to brutal doppelgängers, Toast promises twists, turns, and a novel taste; a window to 'the malaise of the modern psyche'. This compilation delivers just that as the lines begin to blur, rational and insane behaviour morphing into one, and rendered intangible.

After swallowing the last bite we are left to question whether we are all, in fact, a little insane in a discernibly irrational world.
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`Toast'. The latest addition the selection of novels and anthologies from online start-up publishing company Mardibooks. `Toast' is one of two anthologies composed soley of the winning entries to their most recent short story competition, dubbed "an anthology of contemporary shorts reflecting the malaise of the modern psyche".

And what a feast it is. From chilling horror stories- particularly Rabbit by James Troughton, to bittersweet tales of love and separation like Pianoforte by Lucy Kaufman. They are brief, insightful moments into human life as we know it, or don't know it. An altogether marvellous group of witty short stories stitched together and eloquently edited by Belinda Hunt and RHUL's own Jemila Abulhawa.

You should not open this anthology expecting great works of literature. But what I love about this anthology is what Mardibooks has attempted to do here. What other publications appear to be losing sight of. This book not only brings a variety of great short stories to the fore, but a talented group of writers, from happily married fifty-two year olds to undergraduates seeking their place in the world. Writers are as unique as the stories they've created. But roughly, people being people and doing what they love in the process.

And, you know, maybe this anthology has helped me find my calling. Maybe I will go away and write a short story about how I misjudged a selection of short stories, followed by the climatic moment when I realise I'm a colossal tit. Then other people will go away and do the same. Years in the future there will be volumes upon volumes of short stories dedicated to misjudging short stories. Whole genres will be borne out of snobby English students turning their noses up at books written after the 19th Century.
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A fantastic anthology of stories here. Particularly enjoyed Nathan Laine by Ramman Gautam - about a soldier and the horrors of modern warfare - a visual style of writing created a sense of urgency! Well worth the price. Thank you.
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This is an eclectic collection - some are powerfully written pieces, examining contemporary issues, such as Ramman Gautam's well written story which is refreshingly not about sex or childbirth, while others are more reflective, and, as one might expect, a few look inward to the subjective angst of the writer for inspiration. Good to dip into when there is a ten minute gap in your day,
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A hugely enjoyable anthology which I would heartily recommend not only to those that enjoy short stories but anyone who enjoys good stories.
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