In all Probability: A collection of short stories Paperback – 1 Feb 2009
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From the Author
Life isn't about clean-cut glossy heroes who always send baddies packing and end then up smugly walking off into a happily-ever-after sunset.
Life is about real people just like you and me who slip on randomly (or sometimes it would seem strategically) placed banana skins. It makes one wonder just if someone somewhere is having a good laugh at us all. This book is about how the course of life can be determined by a single event or a single throw of the dice along the way.
As time goes on, and as technology evolves, the distinction between science and science-fiction begins to blur. In All Probability does not contain science fiction tales but rather those of science "what-ifs".
Special thanks go to the patience of Editor Vivian, to Susan, Sheila and Brett.
About the Author
Steve Morris is the managing director of The Burton Morris Consultancy, an agency that has developed new ways of writing for businesses. He is also the director of the Letterhouse, which specializes in letters and emails for business. Graham Willcocks is a highly successful business author.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is a collection of short stories by Steve Morris. In his opening statement he makes it quite clear that these tales are all about normal people, like you and me, who are thrust into less than normal situations. "The World does not revolve around heroes" he says " It revolves around normal people."
As a regular commuter and avid reader, this collection is perfect for me. By reading short stories on the journeys to and from work I get the satisfaction of reading the whole tale and not be left waiting for the rest of the day to pick up the story part way through a chapter as so often happens.
Steves style of writing puts the reader at ease, as I am sure everybody will be able to relate to most of the characters, and the circumstances they are faced with. Apart from the first story, I found that I could identify either myself or somebody I know with all the following tales. Each time thinking, "this one could be about me or my lifestyle" Only to find the next one was even closer. I will not go into specific detail about each story, and you will understand why when you know the basic premise of them, I will however say that anybody who remembers the Old TV series "Roald Dahls - Tales Of The Unexpected", and the accompanying books will not be disappointed.
I have not yet finished reading the book, so cannot propose a personal favorite, although so far , `All Around Us' appeals due to my interest in photography, and I find myself identifying with the feelings of the character in `My Tune' the most.
I would whole heartedly recommend this book to anybody who enjoys reading. Especially if like me you often find yourself with limited reading time. You may see reviews that suggest that all of the stories have an unfortunate or unhappy ending for the central character, and in some instances this is true, but certainly not in all. All you can expect, is the unexpected.
'Dead Eye' was the first of the stories and turned out to be one of my favourites! The story is very detailed for a story only lasting for 5 pages, Morris's ideas are all alike yet different in thier own way and I never could have guessed the ending myself. I found that I could relate to the story and it is believeable as many things happen in todays world which are quite similar.
'All Around Us' was my favourit in the book. I was curious why they kept mentioning Mogridge and couldn't quite find the connection. I cannot imagine what I would do in the position which Mike and Janine are going through, I think their decision was sensible and shows that some people like Mogridge take advantage of things like that.
'The Brand New Colour' is a bit creepy, I am still wondering who those people must be whom he played rounders with. It gives me the chills.
Overall there are lots of great stories in the book, only being a couple which I didn't like. I loved the front cover and the Biographical notes, as I am always intruged about what the authors are like when they write a certain genre.
This collection enthralled me and I identified with some of the situations presented and marvelled at others, I like the way the author's mind works...
A far cry from the butterflies and rainbow endings in some short stories... .this is life and I loved it! Well done Mr Morris! NEXT PLEASE!!!
The thing I found appealing as I read through the book was that the stories are all things you can certainly relate to in some way or another and I personally found myself feeling a range of things like sympathy to 'serves you right' for the various characters in his stories. These tales were ideal for my commute too and I actually read the book in a day on my train journey from Suffolk to London - half on the outward journey and half on the return journey, it certainly made the time pass by nicely. So, I guess if you're looking for a relatively shorter read this could be just the ticket.
My personal favourites in this collection had to be `Dead Eye' and `The Lay-off' given my ex-military background and my interest in league football. Both of these stories were the ones that I could relate to the most. These really do show that life can be `that death row pardon two minutes two late'. Others like `Swansong' balanced an almost `Marley and Me' type atmosphere at the reader. This was one where the author's connection with man's best friend comes in to play I guess, given his Bio. We all have different tastes and Morris certainly puts on a big spread here. It is probable (no pun intended) that most readers will come across a few things they like. Morris also experiments with some more futuristic topics which will certainly make you think. It's all part of life's rich tapestry I suppose.
I look forward to the next serving of Steve Morris's imagination in his 'Jumble Tales' collection, by all accounts a more refined and improved collection of the weirdness life can wreak on us mere mortals.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was fine! Amazon rejected my previous review where I expressed my delight at getting this book. How strange!Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
There wasn't a story I didn't like in this book. Well written and good endings. I just loved, The Reminder, brilliant :) a great collection.Published 18 months ago by C2
"A few were penned in my teenage years.." Steve Morris says. Felt like all of them.
When he was thirteen.
I`m a fan of short stories and was intregued by the good reviews for this collection... but i have been very disapointed with this purchase. Read morePublished on 5 April 2013 by L. N. Carter
An absolutely brilliant book which everybody can enjoy. I've read 3 of his now, have loved them all, and will read everything else he has out and/or will publish in the future. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2013 by maffism
A good selection of easily readable brief stories with slight twists or different endings. Some are only 2 pages long, but clever!Published on 19 Feb. 2013 by John Richardson
I just bought this book following a suggestion from Amazon. I was delighted with it.
It is an excellent collection of imaginative short stories with amusing twists and I... Read more
In All Probability is a wonderful mix of short stories perfect for a quick read. The characters are engaging and easy to relate to. Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2012 by L.B
Very dissapointing read hype of previous 5 star reviews must have been by family and friends!Waste of money, most of endings weak, do not recomend.Published on 15 July 2012 by Helen Wren