Instant Gratification

November 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Posted in Kindle, Short Stories, Teen, Writing, Reading, YA, Young Adult | 2 Comments

We hear so much these days about instant gratification.  The right here, right now world of texts, tweets, and something called tumblr. Not to mention fast food, 5G, and speed dating.  Apparently, we are all wrapped up in the speed with which we can communicate, eat, and have a relationship. Heck, we can even do them all at the same time.

I have to wonder, then, why in the land of literature are we still reading novels. Yes,  novels take time to read. They can last days, even weeks if the story is long and/or the reader is slow.  Don’t get me wrong, I love novels. I always have and always will. But, I also love the short story; the instant gratification of literary sweetness. More wondering leads me to the reasons why short stories do not make the top ten list of things to do in under a minute .. like eating and dating and having a conversation.  I have to conclude that perhaps it is because short stories don’t get the ink that novels and novelists do. So, I am about to turn that around and give some much needed kudos to some very current and very talented short story writers and their work.

Here goes …

Up first,  COLLECTED SHADOWS by Tyler D. Hansen.  Published in July 2012, this collection of 13 stories is a mix of the macabre, science fiction and dark humor. A review of Collected Shadows on Amazon says I loved the scope of subjects in these tales .. there is no lack of variety. Each story sucks you in and leaves you wishing there was a whole book for each of them! Tyler wrote City Speaker: Scarlett for Suddenly Lost in Words Volume 1.  Part 2 is City Speaker: Watcher coming soon in Volume 2.

Collected Shadows is 99c on Amazon Kindle.

Click here for Collected Shadows.

Another great little collection published in April 2012 is ETERNAL SPRING: A Young Adult Short Story Collection; 13 stories by 13 authors who are some of the most exciting authors in Young Adult fiction. One reviewer wrote Eternal Spring is an anthology of stories written primarily for the Young Adult audience. Even so, as a 40 something, I found it to be quite a delightful read.

Eternal Spring is FREE for your Amazon Kindle.

Click here for Eternal Spring.

And last (for today) is the very recent publication by Joanne Phillips; A LIFE UNPREDICTED and other stories. The ten stories in this e-book are diverse, covering a variety of settings and human relationship issues. Joanne enables her readers to get inside the head of her characters so that you follow them on their journey, unsure where it will lead.

Joanne’s short stories are FREE for Amazon Kindle.

Click here for A Life Unpredicted and other stories.

Enjoy these three collections! More short story recommendations next time.



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  1. Thank you for this post. I just purchased Collected Shadows on Kindle and look forward to a great, but quick, reading experience. Please post more recommendations for good short stories. I enjoy the genre but really don’t know where to look.
    Warmth and Peace

  2. Thank you for stopping by, Robert! Enjoy those short stories 🙂

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