Short Story #6

I know that I typically post this on Saturdays, but I wanted to do this a day early, since one of the books (Mean by Renata F. Barcelos) is FREE today and tomorrow on Amazon and I want to give you the maximum amount of notice to download it to Kindle.

Pale by Chris Wooding

Publisher:  Stoke Books

This 72 page story is available in paperback or ebook from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  More reviews are available on Goodreads.

The Lazarus Serum can bring you back from the dead. Only thing is, it turns you into a Pale. Jed can’t imagine anything worse, but then the choice is taken out of his hands…

This whole novella can be summed up in one word.  KARMA.  In fact, Jed’s teacher uses just that word when the unthinkable happens to Jed.  Jed used to think he was better than the Pales.  He used to think that they were below scum.  That changed – when he became one.  I was thoroughly entertained by this story but I wish that the narration was a bit more advanced.  It’s written at a MG level and I think that this story could of been even more awesome as a YA…and as a novel.  I could of easily read another hundred pages.  Very enjoyable and very dark.


Mean by Renata F. Barcelos

Publisher:  Self published

This 50 page story is free 9/7 and 9/8 as an ebook on Amazon.  It is available in paperback too.  You can check out more reviews on Goodreads.

Cassandra Connelly looks like a normal twenty-four-year-old girl. She seems sweet and shy. She works hard in two jobs and still finds time to do volunteer work. Nonetheless, there’s something wrong within her. She has a lot of anger boiling inside, and a very problematic past, making her a dark, twisted woman.

She hides her true self from the world, but there’s someone Cassandra hates so much, she has been thinking of doing something unspeakable: killing this person.

To her, killing this person is absolutely necessary, for he or she should not be alive. However, since she is still not sure about doing it or not, she seeks help. She goes to a psychiatrist in order to make a decision: should she continue hiding her meanness and being a normal girl, or should she let the meanness win and kill this person she believes deserves to die?

In this contemporary piece of fiction, we’ll find out how badly child abuse and a dysfunctional family can transform a life for worse, much worse.

I actually read two different versions of this ebook and I can definitely see the improvements in the latest update.  This is an odd book in that it’s written in first person and directed to the reader – only the reader is playing the part of Cassandra’s shrink.  Cassandra rants about her life and the person she wants to kill to her shrink.  It’s amazing how rich her background and personality is without boring the reader.  And the ending is nice…very dark.

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2 comments on “Short Story #6

  1. Pingback: ‘Mean’ Book of the month on E-thriller, FREE today (Sep. 07) and tomorrow (Sep. 08) | Renata F. Barcelos' fiction

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