- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2170 KB
- Print Length: 138 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Michael Twist (24 Oct. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009WTDFYI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,525,044 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Touch of Beyond (Twist's Tales Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Each of the 13 stories starts out more or less ordinary. It’s not until the last page nears that the tales start becoming mysterious. While not all of the stories invoke an otherworldly sense, all of them are simply unexpected. Throughout Twist’s books, each storyline is unique, assuring that readers will never become disinterested.
“Quarterlies” is the story of Helen, a heartbroken mother who lost her child to an accident at school. After becoming divorced and isolating herself, she starts to receive letters with vivid illustrations of her lost child. The letters, which lack a return address, provide a sense of mystery to the story as Helen tries to find where they are coming from. Combined with Twist’s uncanny storytelling ability, the anguish and emotional rollercoaster that any mother would feel after losing a child floats right off the page. Through Twist’s writing, readers can connect with Helen as she slowly brings herself back from the depths of despair.
“The One You Remember” is a tale of fragile family’s Christmas. The family’s financial issues and frequent arguments are strikingly realistic, as are most of the scenarios in Twist’s stories. As the children hope that the annual holiday of family bonding may somehow repair the slowly breaking relationship, the feeling of Christmas and the sense of worry that something is bound to go terribly, terribly wrong permeates the pages, lingering in the air. Written from a teenager’s perspective, Twist flaunts his flawless transitions between each story, capturing the emotions and thoughts of a teenage girl in one, and reflecting the thoughts of a war veteran in another. “The One You Remember” is a lighthearted tale that encompasses a very well-built plot with the signature twist that connects all of the stories in Twist’s third book.
Touch of Beyond is truly beyond this world. Using the hints given throughout each story, Twist creates a game, challenging readers to catch the clues and make predictions about the ending. While unable to catch the hints and foreshadowing the first time around, a second read solidifies the fact that Twist did not pull any twists out of thin air. Each twist is carefully measured and carefully inserted so that an analytical and alert reader would be able to find it.
I don't want to give too much away about these, because, well, they are short. Anything I say, would detract from what you'll read. So this will be my most vague review ever. I will definitely recommend this book. Which says a lot considering the fact that I don't generally enjoy short stories. Each story in this book is powerful. There are quite a few that I would love the author to continue, not because they were too short, because they weren't. But because the storyline in them were so amazing and unique and have so much potential for a full length novel. Several of the stories are better short. They used every word wisely and the story would either give you chills, or have a lesson.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was creeped out, saddened, laughing, and thoughtful. The author has a power with words and the descriptions were amazing. Normally I would say that the author used too much description, but in this book, it worked. The only complaint I would have were that some of the sentences ran on forever. They could have been broken into a couple of sentences instead. That being said, it was a minuscule problem that did not detract from the power of these stories. I will be recommending this book to any reader I come across. There is something in this book for everyone. Good job Twist, you wrote a book of short stories that everyone, even people who dislike short stories, is sure to enjoy.