This little story was a fascinating read for me. The author takes us into the mind of a young man who has just been dumped by his girlfriend. We first meet him as he is approaching a liquor store where he intends to buy enough alcohol to get really wasted. The story consists of his internal dialogue as he processes the break-up and speculates on whether or not he will win the lottery. I usually enjoy stories that have a psychological aspect to them, and this one definitely fit the bill. Although I didn’t really care for the guy as a person, I found his dialogue to be very believable. All in all, a nice little story if you just have a few minutes to spare.
Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!
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This is a story about a teacher who is an abuser. The story starts with an incident between the teacher and a special needs student in his class. The reader then gets a view into his marriage where his true feelings towards these children are revealed. The author’s purpose in writing the story is to point out that this type of abuse occurs more often than we think but the children are often unable because of their challenges to report the incidents. That being said, I found the story to be engaging and I was curious throughout to see what the outcome would be. I didn’t particularly like the main character but I don’t think the author wanted him to be liked. There is some graphic violence so this would not be appropriate for younger readers.
Alinefromabook’s rating: NEUTRAL
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This is a wonderful short story where we are introduced the Serenity Jones, a celebrity psychic. In the story Serenity is doing a reading for a grieving widow whose husband died in Iraq. Afterwards, Serenity finds herself haunted by a poltergeist of the husband who is expressing his anger by setting things on fire; a kitchen table, curtains and even her front hedges.
The ending left me hanging a little bit, but Serenity shows up again in the novel “Leaving Time” so perhaps I’ll learn more of her story there. This one is short and sweet, check it out!
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