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Review: ‘The Bumpkinton Tales: Volume 1’ by Matthew Drzymala

Genre: Short Story Collection
Length: 300 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this collection 5 stars.

Synopsis: Welcome to Bumpkinton! Come in, have a cup of tea and a scone, and lose yourself in five humorous tales from the village. Follow Father Whitworth O’Grady as he chokes on a penny, Albert Scatterhorn as he becomes the grubbiest Father Christmas ever, and Amelia Goose as she feuds with… well, anybody. Plus a whole host of characters as they attend the village’s first Singles Night with a sex-crazed ladies’ man. Jump in and find out more for yourself…

Review: I just love this collection! I read ‘Bittersweet’ by Drzymala a little while ago (also included in this collection) and fell in love with the charming characters. When I saw this being discussed on the authors Facebook page, I knew I had to read it!

I was not disappointed. This collection reads exactly as ‘Bittersweet’ did. It has the same charm about it and the same characters that I’ve grown to love, even if they are strange!

Growing up in a small village, I am fully aware of the fact that everyone knows everyone and nothing is a secret! I felt that Drzymala portrayed this very effectively.

★★★★★ – A great read about the charms of living in a place where everyone knows everyone (and everything!). Thoroughly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK
Amazon US

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Review: ‘Extra-Curricular’ by Marc Nash

Genre: Anthology
Length: 129 pages (44 short stories)

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I have awarded this collection 5 stars.

Synopsis:Marc Nash’s fifth collection of flash fiction and his most daring and innovative yet. Tales of Military Bands, Flea Circuses, Dying Languages, Witch Trials, Drones, Gumshoes, Bedroom Physics, Death Squads, Blind Lovers, Junky Angels, Poker Tics, Thermal Imaging Voyeurism, Recycling Etiquette, Plastic Surgery Zombies… 44 tales they didn’t teach you at school but should have been on the curriculum.

Review: I’ve been lucky enough to interview Marc Nash in the past and his sense of humour was brilliant. When this collection of 44 short stories was released, I knew I had to have it! I wasn’t disappointed.

I absolutely loved this collection. It was such a fun and clever read! Nash’s creativity shines through as this collection deals with just about every school subject imaginable but definitely not the way that they were taught in school! It’s difficult to name a favourite as I enjoyed them all!

I honestly cannot recommend this book more highly! Grab a copy now!

★★★★★- A fantastically clever collection of short stories. Very highly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘Awesome Allshorts’ anthology.

Length: 170 pages (approx.)
Genre: Anthology / Short Story / Fiction

Awesome-Allshorts_72I have awarded this collection 3 stars.

Summary: This is a collection of short stories from ‘Awesome Indies’, featuring the works of 21 authors.This collection features stories from different genres and of different lengths.

Review: I didn’t really get on with this collection. Rather than being a collection of short stories, it read more like a collection of excerpts, which annoyed me a little. Not all stories felt like this, though. My favourites were ‘Home Late’, ‘Pearls’ and ‘Smilin’ Mike’. I also found ‘The Old Guy’ and ‘I, Zombie’ to be interesting reads, though they did feel a little like excerpts.

★★★ – A collection of short stories that read more like a collection of excerpts. I did, however, enjoy a few of the stories.

Where to buy: 
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘The Man from U.N.D.E.A.D – Frights and Fireworks’ by Darren Humphries

Genre: Fantasy / Humour / Satire
Length: 70 pages (approx.)

I have given this collection 5 stars.

Summary: This is a collection of two short stories from The Man from U.N.D.E.A.D series, featuring Agent Ward. The first, titled THE HAUNTING OF THE MAN FROM U.N.D.E.A.D, is a Halloween adventure that involves Agent Ward visiting Hillock House, which is apparently haunted. The second, titled REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE MAN FROM U.N.D.E.A.D.’s NOVEMBER, involves Agent Ward trying to save London (in particular, Parliament!).

Review: I have read work by Darren Humphries before, but nothing from the Man from U.N.D.E.A.D series. Having read The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Doomsday Tour,  I was expecting these stories to be along the same lines – funny but strange. I wasn’t disappointed! I really enjoyed reading these two short stories and thought they were very cleverly written. I will definitely be reading more from the series!

★★★★★ – Funny, strange and cleverly written. A perfect Halloween / Bonfire night read! Highly recommended.

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)