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This week's short story reviews

by Raymond G. Taylor 3 months ago in book review · updated about a month ago
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A very brief roundup of the latest short stories in fiction

This week's short story reviews
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Coming soon: Week eight reviews will be posted soon. Watch this space!

THIS WEEK'S REVIEWS: WK 7 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

Week six reviews

Week five reviews

Week four reviews

Week three review

Week two reviews

Week one reviews

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Please see below the original (week 1) reviews followed by a little story I wrote. Please leave some feedback. If you would like me to review one of your stories, please comment at the end of this page or on any other of my weekly reviews. Thanks, Ray.

Reviews week one

RECALL

by ERIC C. JACKSON August 2022 in ADVENTURE

A runaway train... with a difference. This captivating drama runs at break-neck speed, as a train with a brain hurtles to.... er from .... er who knows? Maybe the Pentagon.

https://vocal.media/fiction/recall-hw1qni03ek

*****

Reviews for 09/01/2022

Thicker than Water

By B.P. MCGINN 08/28/2022 in MYSTERY

Fantastic narrative story about two brothers who meet after many years and, in between fighting, decide to avenge the death of their other brother. All told in direct and powerful dialog. Makes a great read. Hope to see episode two soon.

https://vocal.media/fiction/thicker-than-water-d13syh0fod

*****

Individual

by NICK HALLIDAY 08/27/2022 in SCI FI

Engaging story. The robots go haywire. Captain Aaron Peteras of the Newcast Police Department to the rescue. Sometimes it takes a tin man to find the real man behind the uniform.

https://vocal.media/fiction/individual-2ktfju0fz5

*****

Nostalgia is a road that cannot be returned

by CELIA R MUELLER 08/29/2022 in SHORT STORY

Reflective story about a wanderer who cannot return, the nostalgia, the memories. Pint-sized read. Nicely done!

https://vocal.media/fiction/nostalgia-is-a-road-that-cannot-be-returned

*****

Rereading the book of my father

by ANGELA R BILLIPS 08/26/2022 in SHORT STORY

Reflections on connections: the book, the father, the teacher. Ultimately a story of parental love. Intriguing and captivating.

https://vocal.media/fiction/rereading-the-book-of-my-father-vj5qni00l4

*****

The White Oak

by PAUL MARTYN 09/01/2022 in HISTORICAL / SHORT STORY / ADVENTURE

Western anyone? Bounty hunter, the mighty Quinn, heads out in pursuit of his quarry. Will he get his man? Nice to see a neatly put together story that is a pleasure to read. Question is: (when) will there be an episode two?

https://vocal.media/fiction/the-white-oak-p2a9h20v55

*****

Baited

by C. JEAN STACHOW 08/31/2022 in FANTASY / YOUNG ADULT / SHORT STORY

Conversation with a cat over a evening spent sitting with a fishing pole - love it! I am sure the little girl is the winner here, but not sure why, which I think is the charm of this story. Beautifully executed. Thanks for sharing.

https://vocal.media/fiction/baited-dqyjmq00m5

*****

Price

by JEFFREY C ALLEN 09/01/2022 in SHORT STORY

Intriguing, interesting story as the title suggests. Nice slice of life approach to a conversation between two people. Nicely written.

https://vocal.media/fiction/price-9swv7b00j6

*****

Off the Rails

by LENA BORONDIA 08/03/2022 in ADVENTURE

Terrific story with nail-biting action and a heart-stopping twist in the tail. Really well done and truly engaging story.

https://vocal.media/fiction/off-the-rails-h81awx01ug

*****

Here is a drabble (a story in exactly 100 words) that I wrote a while back. Please let me know what you think.

TRIBE

Gaius Julius stood, overlooking the Northern Sea, with his friend Marcus Antonius. It was a bright, clear day and they could see the white cliffs of the land beyond.

“I will have it, Marcus.”

“Gaius, you have just conquered the Gauls. Must you possess the world, entire?”

“They say it is a land of tin and gold.”

“I have heard it is a land of savages, who paint their faces with blue-coloured shit.”

“Marcus, have you no appreciation of the nobility of tribal peoples?”

“What do they call these nobles of yours?”

“You said it yourself: ‘Britani,’ the painted faces.”

*****

If you liked this story, you might like to read A Town Called Raymond https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KPL8N73

Please visit my other stories on vocal:

https://vocal.media/authors/raymond-g-taylor

© Raymond G. Taylor, 2022, all rights reserved. The author has asserted his right to be identified as the author of this work.

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Raymond G Taylor is an author based in Kent, England.

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  • Paul Martyn3 months ago

    Thanks for the write up and the attention, Raymond 🙏🏻

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