Tag: short stories

Blog Tour: Book Review: It Will Be Quick by Karl Drinkwater

Today I am sharing my review of It Will Be Quick by Karl Drinkwater: This book is made up of a variety of short stories.  There will be something for everyone here!

Book Description:

A single decision can save – or ruin – a life.

An opportunistic baby theft by a young woman in pain. Two strangers shipwrecked on a lifeless rock, unable to speak the same language. An isolated cycling holiday descends into terror. One woman seeks the courage to destroy her life. A miracle unites a community, and teenagers take a stand against hypocrisy.

Karl Drinkwater presents characters to root for – and characters to dread – in sixteen tales of humanity, endurance, and spirit.

It Will be Quick
Author: Karl Drinkwater
Published: November 1, 2020

280 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 6-14, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Jessica’s Review:

This collection of 16 short stories has something for everyone! All these tales center on a decision that is made and the story varies depending on that decision.  These stories will bring a variety of emotions to the reader, and each reader will have a favorite depending on how they feel at the time of reading It will be Quick.  My preferences are thriller focused, so my favorite story was FileKiller.  I was intently reading it and there was no way I could do what Trina did: I got anxiety just by reading this one!

The stories can range in length from a few pages to the longer ones.  Drinkwater also included notes at the end of the book on how and where each came from.  This adds to each of the stories and I enjoyed that.

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About the Author:

Karl Drinkwater writes thrilling SF, suspenseful horror, and contemporary literary fiction. Whichever you pick you’ll find interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

Karl has lived in many places but now calls Scotland his home. He’s an ex-librarian with degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science. He also studied astrophysics for a year at university, surprising himself by winning a prize for “Outstanding Performance”. Karl is an active member of the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA), the Horror Writers Association (HWA), and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).

When he isn’t writing he loves guitars, exercise, computer and board games, nature, and vegan cake. Not necessarily in that order.

Contact Karl:
Twitter @karldrinkwater
Instagram @authorkdrinkwater

Why I’m Afraid of the Dark

Why I’m Afraid of the Dark
Author: J.T. Withelder
Published: October 12, 20198

147 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Discover J.T. Withelder’s first collection of five unforgettable novellas that explore the darkest depths of his brilliant yet twisted imagination.

Featured in this anthology:

  • Stevie, a violent reimagining of the childhood trauma of the monster under your bed.
  • Magic Eight blends the believable with the unbelievable when a father discovers a clairvoyant toy amongst his children’s belongings.
  • Man’s Best Friend brings you heroism trapped in a nightmare where the forces of good and evil do battle in the most unexpected of places.
  • Guardian entangles you with the unspeakable horrors that emerge from the closet.
  • Finally, in Perfect, a bond forged by years of matrimony is irrevocably shattered when a husband makes a chance discovery leading to the horrifying implications that his life may not be what it seems.

These stories will question your resolve to sleep without a night light!

Kim’s Review:

I love scary stories! Now that I’ve admitted that to myself, they just seem to gravitate to me. I saw this cover and I wanted it. Unfortunately, only one of these stories was about the dark. I enjoyed three out of the four stories so I enjoyed the book. . . . it just didn’t give me what I wanted. I recommend it to anyone looking for simple, creepy stories. I read it in about an hour; it was easy and fun. But I wanted stories about the dark and I didn’t get that. I did like how Withelder tied everything together by the end. It was interesting that he had a bigger picture in his head.

Overall, I would have given it 4 stars if the stories had actually been about the dark. It really annoyed me so I docked a star. But the stories were engaging and spooky.

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Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: September 26, 2017
281 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

Kim’s Review:

I love the Grishaverse so so much! Ever since I read Six of Crows, I’ve been obsessed. And even beyond that, there isn’t a book Bardugo has written that I don’t like. Language of Thorns is definitely one of my favorites. It’s imaginative and engaging and I have no doubt that these stories are true. They’re all in true Grishaverse form. Dark, rich, cultural . . . And the artwork is spectacular! The more I read, the more I wanted to learn about each of the countries that the stories came from. Bardugo sure better keep writing cuz there’s not nearly enough out there! I would even say these are the kind of fairy tales that I would read to a kid to get them interested in reading. I have no criticisms of any kind and would recommend these stories to any and everybody.

My review of Six of Crows Duology is here.

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