Tag Archives: mystery

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Short Stories of the Twenty-first Century, by Prescott Fry (1:14)

Today we see that if readers have been primed to expect exuberant and flowery prose, then they are less likely to automatically discard humorous misinterpretations without even realising. What I…

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Ghost Stories, by Ron Ripley (1:33)

Today we see that telling readers something they can easily work out on their own can destroy a mental image as easily as missing out a key detail. What I…

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Short Stories and Flash Fiction, by Alice de Sturler (0:46)

Today we see that if the technical side of your ebook isn’t smooth enough to fade into the background, readers might not get as far as your prose. What I…

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Sonoran Dreams: Three Short Stories from Exile, by Robb Grindstaff (2:33)

Today we see that lists of things are supposed to be easy to read.

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The Day That Never Comes, by Caimh McDonnell (40:00)

Today we see that the flashforward is more like a blaster than a lightsaber: not the most elegant or civilized weapon in the author’s armory, but in the right hands it does the job. We also learn that funny is good, so please send Bryce more funny books.