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"The writing is crisp, clean, sharp and vivid ; it sucks you into this boundless world of layers ..."
Debut collection of short stories by indie Australian author Morgan Bell. A cross-section between dreams and reality. An examination of the horrors of life, with plenty of peering, in the form of vignettes, micro fiction, flash fiction, and short stories.
Themes include fear, time, aging, anxiety, and jealousy.
This collection of fifteen stories contains bizarre medical conditions, industrious creatures, conniving cops, killers, dead bodies, a rescue mission, homoeroticism, nonchalant students, a secret garden, and the road to hell.
Paperback, 68 Pages; Kindle Edition length, 48 Pages (estimated)
" ... there is the authorial refusal to gratify the reader's expectations, a constant urge to transcend banality at the same time as studying it and the pathos of comedy and poignancy finding expression in identical and excruciating moments. Unaffected, without warning, Bell's narratives produce a discomforting aesthetic, taking hold of the awkward and suspending that tender unease for as long as the prose can cope ... "
(R. B. Fortune-Wood)
"This collection leaves one salivating for more. Some character sketches, some longer pieces, all varied and arresting. Meticulous writing turns the reader’s thoughts down paths they would never have known existed."
" ... if you are looking for emotive, almost psychological studies of the human character, a visceral perception of interaction, a written photograph of the psyche then you will like this collection as much as I did ..."
(Paul Martin - Self Publishers Showcase)
"Bell uses a distinctive narrative tone, strong dialogue and vivid imagery to paint each story with a fine tipped brush. Doing so brings the stories to life in interesting ways that have to be experienced to truly understand their complexities.Overall, this was quite an engaging bite-sized treat and was well worth the read."
"Rarely is an author able to so clearly capture and convey emotions and small slices of life in so few words, with the economy of a poet."
"focusing on the widening gap between the haves and have-nots, juxtaposing material prosperity and abundance on one side, with poverty and insecurity on the other"
(Amazon Top Reviewer)
"I even re-read a few times just to pick apart the subliminal message."
"Similar in tone to Franny and Zooey, and other Salinger works. Very classic sensibility, with lots of quotable lines."
"The stories lay bear thought provoking situations, unfortunate human choices and myriad unseemly human behaviors. Not for the faint of heart, but definitely recommended for the reader that is ready to explore the rocky path and look deep into the secular modern heart, Sniggerless Boundulations gives pause and impresses."
"The book ends with two short stories that wouldn't look out of place in a Stephen King collection"
(Michael - Goodreads)
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