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TITLE (EDIT)
Immaculata
DESCRIPTION
Behold the handmaid of the Lord...
[5,268 words]
AUTHOR
David Gardiner
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
53-year-old former Belfast schoolteacher, satellite TV techie, Utopian dreamer, traveler, armchair anarchist, keen amateur diver, now working in the field of mental health. Living with partner and adopted 19-year-old daughter in London, UK. One published sci fi novel "SIRAT". Many short stories, different styles & subjects.
[April 2012]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
[email protected]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (7)
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Ellen And Aubery (Short Stories) - [1,555 words] [Relationships]
Favorious (Short Stories) In the late Middle Ages, an obscure village seems to have witnessed a miracle. The ageing monk Favorious must judge if it is genuine or not. The power-hungry clerics at the Vatican must judge both Fav... [4,769 words] [Science Fiction]
The Battlefield Philosopher (Short Stories) We all had that poster of Che Guevara on our walls. We all wanted to fight for the oppressed. One or two of us actually tried to turn the dream into reality. This story is for the people who are sorry... [3,702 words]
The Go-Between (Short Stories) Everybody in the big city is looking for something. The trick is to find out what. [1,638 words] [Relationships]
The Lies Of Sleeping Dogs (Short Stories) History is the attempt that each generation makes to come to terms with its past. Personal history is no different, and no less painful. [4,992 words]
The Monkey-Trap (Short Stories) An ageing ex-Nazi receives a visit he has been waiting for since the end of the Second World War. [4,815 words]
READER'S REVIEWS (5)
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"David this is one of the best short stories I've read in a long time. If I was summing this up in one word, only one would do 'Professional'. I'd love to be able to write with such an understated confidence. This is sort of Munchehousen's (please excuse my spelling) by proxy-by divine provocation. There's nothing like a good old bit of religious mania to losen the mental screws. I loved the "Aul Maid of thirty" Line (Godhelpus!)and "A little Tea" how very trite and 'Bishoply' He'd hardly offer "A bloody great mug full of Tea" your dialogue throughout is excellent. I have several favourite writers on various sites dotted around, now I've got another to add to my list of writers to aspire to. " -- Sooz, Dalton, England, Cumbria.
"Fascinating story, excellently written. Of Grammar or punctuation problems, I could find none! The only slight difficulty I had was in the flashbacks; I don't think it was particularly clear that the scene in the doctor's surgery and the two in Imelda's bedroom were happening *before* the meeting at the Bishop's Palace. Maybe the first sentence of each could be written in the...oh crumbs, past perfect tense, is that right? Eg. "Imelda *had* timidly entered the doctor's surgery..." That's very clumsy, but you get the idea. Anyway, that's a very minor point about what is a *extremely* well-written story. The narrative flowed smoothly and the dialogue was crisp and believable. One quick tip I've learned through doing it the *wrong* way: when writing speech in an accent, don't overdo it. Makes it difficult to decipher. I think you're *just* on the right side of the line here :) Thanks for posting, I enjoyed that :) " -- Simon King, Ilkeston, United Kingdom, Derbys.
"No point in letting the British take up all the review space, so I think I'll comment. Mr. Gardiner you are indeed one of the finest writers on this sight, just as I said with your story "The Go-Between" and I can't help think of other great works such as "Angela's Ashes" when I read your work. - The Advisor" -- JA St.George.
"Loved this story. It is really well written - a pleasure to read from the first sentence, the heavy Churchy atmosphere is brilliantly well maintained, my heart goes out to the young girl, and the ending is gross and unforgettable and extremely thought-provoking. The Jones Towns make the news but how many more small scale and personal atrocities are committed in the name of religion? Religion works by appealing to the non-rational, and when the non-rational takes over this is exactly the kind of place to which it leads. I think the term the first reviewer was looking for is Muchausen's Syndrome by Proxy. And this story provides a superb text book account of it." -- Krist, Paderborn, Germany.
"Really rocks! Could have kicked myself cause I din't guess the ending. Great story." -- Leonard Caville, Key West, Fl.

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April 2012
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