Book Review: Little Gems (Short Stories Book 1) by Ray Stonecategories: Book, Science Fiction, Victorian, Crime, Mystery, Romance, Humor, Atmospheric, Murder, Adventure, Short Stories
Ray Stoneabout this book: Little Gems is a book of short stories that I have written over the last two years. The inspiration to publish this collection came from my involvement with a New Zealand writing organization for aspiring writers who write serials of all genres, each writer posting a chapter. Easier said than done, I was the first writer to complete an author only serial and the first to introduce the first 1000 word chapter serial. The stories, written for all ages, cover several genres, and two are written in Victorian style. These two stories were the hardest to write because both involved a lot of research. The result was rewarding none-the-less. The title for the book was arrived at by a friend who called the collection a bag of little gems. The name stuck. The cover was designed for me by Anthony Smits who lives on Samos, an island off the Greek coast, Northwest of my island, Cyprus. The last story is an Irish fairy tale written by my late wife, Mrellan A, Harahan. Her work is a draft but I have left it unedited as a tribute to her memory. The unedited text pales into insignificance as the reader is drawn into the story. I hope you enjoy this book. Thank you.
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a review by Suraya DewingThis set of short stories is indeed a gem. The stories explore themes of corruption, historical injustices and redemption.
The author capably captures the voice of the era as in Condurrow, a story based on bal maidens working in the Cornwall tin mines in the mid 19th century. Readers learn of the working conditions in Cornwall tin mines while following the fortunes of Arthur Jeddler who inherits a tin mine.
His research for each story is comprehensive.
Other stories in the collection range from past injustices to futuristic as in predicting a cataclysmic event that destroys life on earth. In another a man is wrongly accused of manslaughter and gets exonerated soon after getting out of prison. A mother appears to desert her son but the reason for this justifies her actions, as her son finds out many years later. These were the standout stories for me.
A common theme threads through these stories - corruption or misunderstanding lies behind apparent injustice.
Ray Stone is an entertaining storyteller with a sense of carefully measured detail. The reader never gets they feeling he is unnecesarily padding the narrative. His characters are believable and when they speak, their dialogue gives the reader a deeper insight into the character. The stories are imaginative as well as informative without being a sermon.
Very enjoyable worthwhile read. Recommended.
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