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Waltzing Matilda by [Bittner, Russell]
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  • File Size: 158 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN7Z7TG
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To be allowed to cross the bridge, every car must have at least two people travelling in it. On the wrong side, and already late for an important appointment, Susan must find a passenger quickly. She cajoles a young man into the car. As her passenger's behaviour becomes more and more menacing, she realises she has made a horrible mistake.

This creepy short story gripped me from the first paragraph. As the author builds up the tension to perspiration point, I had to keep reading to find out what would happen to the driver, and what was the objective of her sinister passenger.

A warning, if any is needed, to any female lone driver: beware of giving a lift to any strange young men. Don't do it!

Fairly adult content.
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HASH(0x9be6554c) out of 5 stars Waltzing Matilda 29 Jun. 2013
By DutchG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
In the very beginning one is put a bit on the wrong leg. Little did you expect till quickly the plot thickens and before you know; You're in, You can't let go, You got to read on, you can't help it.
The subtle hints, the explicit hints, accurate descriptions, the writers magnificent ability creating an ambiance you do take for real, and constant flow of (sometimes expected but then surprising) actions not only make you believe you are watching this live, it draws you in and don't let you go till the end is....gone.
Waltzing Matilda may over the years have hit the news in different appearances, well, all I can say is: Discover this one yourself. Waltzing Matilda
Not a story for the decency rascal, it most certainly will get a rating stamp when someone should have the brilliant idea of turning this in a short movie (the story calls for it!).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc4c684) out of 5 stars It's not Australian but ... 2 July 2013
By B. L. G. Simiana - Published on Amazon.com
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Russell Bittner's Waltzing Matilda has little to do with the Australian song about an itinerant sheep thief and his suicidal tendancies, other than the title, I guess. What the story does have is a sense of disaster, of death in the air, as one person's day goes all the way to the doors of hell, with a foot on the threshold and another on a banana skin. One of my favourite short stories from the stellar collection "NEXT STOP HOLLYWOOD - Short Stories Bound for the Screen", Russell has now made it available on it's own. though short, the story is intense. You want it to finish so you can take a breath and let your nerves calm a little. To say more would give away too much. Sit back with the lights on and read. You'll never look at traffic and hitch-hikers the same again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cbbb420) out of 5 stars Is there such a thing as gonzo short stories? 3 Mar. 2014
By D.Z.C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I guess if there is, this is it.

How to get round single car occupancy rules when you're in a hurry? Offer a stranger a life, obviously... No matter ho creepy he looks.

I can't say too much without giving away the twist in the tail, but this tense, well-written little story starts as one thing, and then heads off in a completely different direction. At first, as the mysterious passenger grows creepier and creepier, this seems like a slightly pervy morality tale about not inviting strangers into your car, in the best hitch-hiker/slasher/serial killer tradition.

It's only in the last few pages that we realise that the sinister hitch-hiker has an entirely rational (if not entirely laudable) reason for his bizarre behaviour. Rather than "beware of strangers", the moral is rather "every new bit of legislation is a commercial opportunity".

Oh... And it's not for the faint of heart (or stomach). Just a quick warning...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bef8798) out of 5 stars Gripping short story 21 Oct. 2013
By Swizzlestick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
To be allowed to cross the bridge, every car must have at least two people travelling in it. On the wrong side, and already late for an important appointment, Susan must find a passenger quickly. She cajoles a young man into the car. As her passenger’s behaviour becomes more and more menacing, she realises she has made a horrible mistake.

This creepy short story gripped me from the first paragraph. As the author builds up the tension to perspiration point, I had to keep reading to find out what would happen to the driver, and what was the objective of her sinister passenger.

A warning, if any is needed, to female lone drivers: beware of giving a lift to strange young men. Don't do it!

Fairly adult content.
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