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Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths, Vol 1

Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths by Left Hand Publishers, is a mixed genre anthology collects stories from authors around the globe. The short stories range from the supernatural and fantastic to psychological thrillers that could be ripped from tomorrow’s headlines.  Now on sale at
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Review: Vestal Review Issue 36

Vestal Review Issue 36 by Mark Budman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vestal Review gives a variety of flash fiction that is sharp, unique, and above all entertaining. Each magazine is a solid collection of tales from new and established writers. I have enjoyed the storytelling and found the magazine hard to put down. No wonder Vestal Review have been publishing for over a decade and no doubt for many more years to come.

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today is my daughter's birthday. no one is saying anything about it. did everyone forget? or did they think it would be too painful to say anything to me, like I wish we could sing happy birthday. like I remember when....
like i miss her.
i don't say anything either. i'm a coward. afraid the pain will be greater than it is already. today is my daughter's birthday.

I look at my past purchases on Amazon in the years before my daughter died. The digital music I bought to listen, and the novels I wanted to read. Stories that are still sitting unread, because I found another book that seemed more interesting to read first. I stare at those images, while my chest tightens. I wish to be there again, 2014, 2013, and so on. I want to be stuck in that time. Those purchases, some collecting dust now, while the digital holds their blocks of memory on my Kindle, whispers a memory when all was right. You were happy. Bliss to your surroundings.

Review: The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I knew The Martian Chronicles was one of the classic science fictions, and I can say for myself it is one of the greatest. I was instantly living the stream of short stories (Tied together by the common theme of colonizing Mars) and felt the characters joys and woes.

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Review: Artful

Artful by Peter David
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the story. It was a whimsical tale of the Artful Dodger discovering the existence of vampires. However, I understand the story wanted to resemble the writing of Dickens, but the narrator's interruption was just that. Interrupting. Especially during action scenes. The narrator took me out of the story, and that's a pet peeve of mine.

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Review: Dave vs. the Monsters: Emergence

Dave vs. the Monsters: Emergence by John Birmingham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story is dark, gritty, and the in-your-face attitude. The protagonist is not your Knight in a bright and shiny armor. If you are easily offended, or believe a story should have all good qualities in a character, this book is not for you. I gave the novel three stars because the battles were a bit drawn out for me, and I wanted more character development.

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