The Eye Opener: Collection of Short Stories Volume 2
Author: Indrajit Garai
Published: December 8, 2017
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
In this collection, meet:
Franck, who has to align his desires with his needs;
Nathan, who has to adjust to his constantly changing turf;
and, Cedric, who has to open his eyes to reconstruct himself.
The family of the author offered me this book in exchange for an honest review. Overall, the stories were pretty good. I liked the characters and I looked forward to seeing how each story unfolded. Unfortunately, the writing threw me off. It was very choppy and there were no transition points. I’d be in Cedric’s home and then BAM! next paragraph, he’d be in jail a month later. It was very distracting.
I think if each story was divided into chapters, it would solve the problem. The characters were realistic and I empathized with them easily. I also liked how each story ended on a positive note. Garai did an excellent job of showing how messy life can get, but also how mankind is capable of some good. I would recommend this to people who like emotional stories and even those who like “thinking” stories.
Today Kim and I are both reviewing the short story collection Sticky Fingers by JT Lawrence. Kim and I received an Audible copy from the author that we were more than happy to listen too. I had previously bought it on my Kindle, but had yet to read it, so this way I was able to get to it sooner. Thank you so much JT Lawrence for the copy, we both really enjoyed it and took different approaches for our reviews. This short story collection received 5 stars from both of us! That is not an easy accomplishment as Kim and I are so different in our opinions. Bravo to JT Lawrence for achieving this!
Author: JT Lawrence
Published: July 28, 2016
Book Description from Goodreads:
Diverse, dark-humored, and deliciously bite-sized, this compelling collection of 12 short stories includes:
A suicidal baby who knows he was born into the wrong life must get creative to correct the mistake, much to his mother’s horror.
A story about an intense, uncontrollable, unexplainable itch that lands the protagonist in a mental institution.
A daughter years to connect with her absent father through the letters they exchange. She’s not put off by his pedantic corrections of her writing, despite the slow reveal that he is less than perfect himself.
The Unsuspecting Gold-Digger
A woman gradually poisons her husband so that she doesn’t have to break his heart.
Kim’s Rating: 5 Stars
I normally don’t do short story collections, but the author gave me a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for a review, so I went for it. I loved it!! Seriously, I came up with excuses to get in my car just so I could keep listening. They all were definitely on the darker side, but in a great way. Every time a new story started, I ended up trying to guess what the twist would be. Some were easier to figure out than others. I think my two favorites were The Itch and A Pair of Pigeons. Both escalated so quickly and I was left looking like that little emoji with the huge eyes, just staring. The narrator was really good too! Sticky Fingers is definitely the collection for the reader who is slightly off color and enjoys the darker side of fiction. I recommend this to anybody!
Dates Read: December 18-22, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 5 Stars
Wow! I am a fan of short stories if they are well written and JT Lawrence is outstanding! Not every story was for me, but Lawrence’s writing pulls you in and you quickly get through each short story all the way up to the unexpected endings. These stories are dark, twisted, and delightful! It was perfect for me to listen to in the car during my commute to and from work. I will share a brief review of each of the twelve stories written below.
I had previously purchased this on my Kindle, but the author sent Kim and I an Audible version. Lawrence is from South Africa and I believe that the narrator is as well. Due to my hearing issues, I had to adjust to the narrator’s accent but I enjoyed the narration. She is clear and well spoken.
I enjoyed the communication via letter for father and daughter. I quickly figured out where dad was located. I enjoyed the letters as we saw Emily grow up. I wanted to know more about dad.
This one would be a living nightmare! I had to scratch and did throughout this one! I dare you to NOT scratch while reading this one. I still scratch thinking about this story!
The Unsuspecting Gold Digger
I did not see that ending coming! OMG….. That is all I can say.
This was my favorite of all the stories. It is a hidden gem. If you work with the public at all you will love this one! If only we could actually say what we think….
Another twist I did not see coming. There are so many emotions with this one. I thought it was going in one direction but it was a in reality a complete 180.
She Did It
Who is the victim and who is the suspect? What is going to happen next? Who is helping the detective?
I enjoyed this one was different as it dealt with magic and witches. I’m hoping this was an introduction of sorts to the novel of the same name that Lawrence has written.
This one freaked me out. Though I have never seen the movie The Birds, I kept thinking of it while listening to this one. I loved the ending!
The Little Pink Book
Being a midwife and helping to deliver babies should be a wonderful thing… shouldn’t it??? I wanted more to this story!!!
Off the Hinge
This one is a schizophrenic mess and that is the point. Can someone just get the lady some milk!?!?!
What happens when you have ‘sticky fingers’? Let’s hope it doesn’t end the way this short story did with that surprising ending!
A suicidal baby. He knows he is in the wrong family and wants to correct that error. This one won’t be for everyone, but it makes you wonder just how cognitive babies really are….
**Thank you again to JT Lawrence for the Audible copy. We both enjoyed it and highly recommend this short story collection![Top]
Do you enjoy reading horror, especially at Halloween? Do you like to read short stories? Today I am talking about two horror short stories! They are 32 and 33 pages long, so they are quick to read. I enjoyed them both and they both received 5 star reviews from me. E.J. Bennett and Ginny Clyde are the authors and are currently having a release party going on Facebook, and it ends today. You can check out their release party HERE.
Which will these stories be? Tricks or treats? You will have to read them to see!
For now, let’s say they are treats and enjoy my reviews. Then do yourself a favor and get these stories from Amazon! They are worth the small cost.
Author: E.J. Bennett
33 Pages in Kindle
Published: October 28, 2016
Date Read: September 29, 2016
My Rating: 5 stars
Short Story Summary from Amazon:
With no one to believe her, Mia finds herself thrust from college and into her deceased Grandmother’s decrepit home. Returning to the place she swore she’d never return, her haunting childhood comes back with a vengeance. Forced to stay in the deadly house, will she uncover the house’s haunting past before it’s too late? What bone chilling secrets does the house hide?
Find Me is a short story (33 pages) that pulls you in from the beginning and you don’t want to put it down! It took me just over an hour to read it. This story is available today and comes out at the perfect time since Halloween is just a few days away! The house is truly creepy and I didn’t know what was going to happen. There is a conclusion to Find Me, but I wanted more! Whether extending it or more of Mia’s back-story.
It is recommended. If you like ghost stories, or something to spook you that is not long, definitely check it out.
I received a copy from E.J. Bennett in exchange for a review. Thank you E.J!
Astray: When Adventure Leads to Horror
Author: Ginny Clyde
32 Pages in Kindle
Published: October 26, 2016
Date Read: October 24, 2016
My Rating: 5 Stars
Short Story Summary from Amazon:
When a travel adventure turns into a horrific misadventure…
Kevin and his three friends decided to go to Scotland for a summer adventure. The highlight of the trip is to follow the trail to the top of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain peak in the British Isles. They are warned against going astray, to not wander off the marked path in the tourist maps but the spirit of adventure lures them towards something sinister.
Find out what happens to them in this chilling horror story…
I loved this short story! Four young men decide to go to Scotland and during their vacation they decide to hike up Ben Nevis. They are warned to stay on the trail. Of course they don’t. This is the story of what happened…. I can’t really say much without spoilers. I’ll just say when I was done I had to look and see if the “something sinister” was real or if Ginny Clyde created it.
Astray is highly recommended. I did not want to put it down; I wanted to know what was going to happen!
I received a copy from Ginny Clyde in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Ginny!
Whatever you may do this Halloween weekend have fun, be safe, and don’t eat too much candy!! This weekend the hubby, my sister-in-law, niece, and I are all going to Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta!! I will be on the lookout for zombies and Negan! And hopefully get my goodbye from Abraham…..