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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Pneuma Springs Publishing (1 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905809433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905809431
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,595,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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IN ALL PROBABILITY - By Steve Morris

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.
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In All Probability is full of many short stories with twists and turns which are suprising and very ironic, but not always in the way you think it may be.

'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.
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I am not usually a short stories person however, I picked this up in a waiting room and just had to purchase after reading "dead eye" & "lightning strikes twice"
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!!!
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In the style of the great Alanis Morissette song `Ironic', Steve Morris's book of short stories gives us a real mixed bag of the weird and wonderful stuff life can dish up. These tales all go to show that life can readily kick you in the proverbials when you least expect it, and not always in the way you might think in a given scenario.

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.
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