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TITLE
Waves
AUTHOR
Edith Talmason
DESCRIPTION
A powerful happening... [1,600 words]
READERS' REVIEWS
"Powerful writing to describe a powerful happening. It made me want to keep reading. Well done." -- Robyn Jenkins, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
"I like the mysterious slant on the beginning paragraphs and the heart warming ending, although the piece needs a bit of clarity. For instance, the character was strapped, probed and in a lot of uneccessary pain, I got the impression she was either being dissected by aliens or suffering horribly in a concentration camp, which threw me way off the idea that she actually had a baby (besides, couldn't she have taken something for the pain? A ceasarian birth didn't even cross my mind). You do score a good point for not being predictable. All in all, I enjoyed your story. Keep up the good work!" -- Joan
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1999 Edith Talmason
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
May 1999
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TITLE
In the Cards
AUTHOR
Nica Coelho
DESCRIPTION
James explores an old photo album -- and finds he has forgotten about something he once cherished. [1,450 words]
READERS' REVIEWS
"Particularly liked the way the flashback was written. I was more in that part of the story than anywhere else." -- Joan
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1998 Nica Coelho
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
May 1999
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TITLE
Billy
AUTHOR
Reuben Gregg Brewer
DESCRIPTION
Billy is a short story about a man who kills himself. [2,000 words]
READERS' REVIEWS
"This story was totally unbelievable.  A short story should never try to encompass someone's entire life.   That's why they are called "short stories"." -- Jane
""This is what my world is all about . . . Do you understand?"  Sorry, I don't  . . .   stiff, clinical, lifeless writing.  Don't give up the day job." -- J Press
"1. no story should need an epologe. good writers get their point across without having to explain their motive. 2. why would an old man traumatize his grandson the way he was traumatized by his grandfather by blowing the back of his head off in the same house for no apparent reason. 3. these stories that were supposed to "keep Billy alive forever" would never be told because any time anyone would think of him the story of how he killed himself would be the way he was remembered 4. Billy not only contradicts the very advice he gives to his grandson to "always fight it out and never give up" by blowing the back of his head off with a shotgun for no apparent reason as an old man with an entire family to set an example for and who looked up to him, but he has no reason to cut his life short. those who are peaceful and are finally towards the end of their lives enjoy this tranquility and do not blow the back of their heads off in front of their families for no apparent reason...EVER. 5. And lastly, wouldn't an elderly person who valued each day to be their last want to be there for their grandchildren as long as possible. how poorly thought out on the part of the author and disturbingly pointless!!" -- Bobby, USA
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1999 Reuben Gregg Brewer
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
May 1999
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TITLE
Looking At Me
AUTHOR
Jemima James
DESCRIPTION
A self-conscious ride on a bus.... [2,150 words]
READERS' REVIEWS
"What a wonderful, funny story! It shows such talent and imagination! Very well written!" -- Debbie, Vermont, USA
"Absolutely fabulous stuff you wonderfully smart girl!" -- Henry O'Donovan, Australia
"Wonderfully witty to be sure and exceptionally well written. I look forward to more of the same." -- Al Davis, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
"I thoroughly enjoyed it! Looking forward to reading more of the same." -- Scott, Australia
"What a lovely, lovely story." -- KD, Tasmania, Australia
"Cute! Cute! Cute! and sweet I lovwd it!" -- Allie, Detroit, Michigan, USA

"That was a terrific story.  It left me with a nice warm fuzzy feeling in my stomach.  Actually that was probably the cappucino I just had.  Seriously though, that was a really great story." -- Michael Hunter
"Thank you for your cute style...I'm a high school student who competes in drama and your stories are just what I was looking for to perfom...Thank you very much" -- Sarah Priest, Arkansas
"I loved this. You are very talented and I can't wait to see what you come up with next." -- Felicity, Sydney, Australia
"Ab Fab, wonderfully witty - we want more, we want more!" -- Ben Hansen, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
"Great book." -- Lorrie Erskine, Sonora, California, USA
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1998 Jemima James
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
May 1999
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TITLE
The Gift
AUTHOR
Soren Engle
DESCRIPTION
The death of a young woman's grandmother changes the way she views her life. [1,050 words]
READERS' REVIEWS
"I'm Wiping tears, very very touching, I was turned off by the word "bloated" but figured the concept was good so I read. I'm glad I did!" -- Bridget Faith
"READ IT!" -- Reuben Gregg Brewer, New York, New York, USA
"This sounds so genuine, as if you have really experienced this loss. Is it based on a true story?" -- Erica Irvine, Cheshire, UK
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1999 Soren Engle
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
June 1999
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TITLE
Suspension of Disbelief
AUTHOR
Arden Davidson
DESCRIPTION
The unfortunate story of a band-player... [950 words]
READERS' REVIEWS
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1999 Arden Davidson
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
June 1999
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TITLE
Bingo Blood
AUTHOR
Milt Abel
DESCRIPTION
A short story from a collection of humorous short stories set about a mythical cruise ship, The Delux. "Bingo Blood" is what happens when a fairly mild-mannered woman wanders in to a bingo session on a cruise ship and becomes consumed with gambler's lust. This is the most recent completed story for this collection. [3,550 words]

[ From the Collection: A Pang of Pity ]

READERS' REVIEWS
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1999 Milt Abel
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
June 1999
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TITLE
The Belief
AUTHOR
Murray Evans
DESCRIPTION
Follow the adventure of a life deprived girl as she is lead on a quest to discover the most important thing in life... yourself. [3,200 words]
READERS' REVIEWS
"A profound story… something to really chew on." -- Joan
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1999 Murray Evans
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
June 1999
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TITLE
Aunt Rose's Revenge
AUTHOR
Louise Dunn
DESCRIPTION
A quirky tale about serious matters -- expectations, failure, and blame. [2,100 words]
READERS' REVIEWS
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
1999 Louise Dunn
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
June 1999
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