A Packet of Dreams
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An anthology of never-previously-published short stories, some of them prize-winning, on various subjects and themes, written by the Chief Judge of the Annual Tom Howard Short Story Contest. Although they explore a number of different genres, most of the stories are set in the U.S.A. The locale for two of the longer narratives, however, is Egypt: one in modern Egypt, the other in Ancient Egypt. Some of the stories are humorous, others are suspenseful, a few could be described as character studies, and even one or two rate as experimental.
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Jan 6, 2011Sometimes readers find themselves bored with a few stories in a short story collection; they may even find themselves a little distracted by the quick change of characters and settings. The stories in A Packet full of Dreams have a unique symmetry that encourages the reader to go from story to story, without leaving the "immersed reading state". With more than 10 stories inside, they will be taken in by the subtly ironies of the skillfully-written tales that all, within a few short pages, will entertain and satisfy. Many will be left wondering if the short stories will someday be made into full-length, standalone novels; one can always hope! Suspenseful-adventure one moment and mysteriously romantic the next; readers are in for a real treat if they are looking for a multitude of witty, intelligent and gratifying stories. Easy to pick up where you have left off and very hard to put down; A Packet of Dreams is very highly recommended for those who love mystery, suspense and... More > adventure novels. Copyright 2011 © Nurture Your BOOKS --- Bobbie Crawford-McCoy< Less
Oct 15, 2009"A Varied Collection of Both Fiction and Essays, Both Long and Short, Both Exciting and Amusing" This anthology of short fiction by John Howard Reid contains the following stories: "A Packet of Dreams", "The Reclamation of Edwin Drood", "Bethany", "Contest Blues", "A Clean Sweep for Mazeppa", "A Jewel of an Idea", "Vince Viner's Victory", "End of the Penny Section", "Anyone for Play Ball?", "Counter-Clockwise", "Dead Man Walking", "Step-Ladder Nine", "Gone West", "Scent of Lotus on a Windy Day", "Beachcombing: Your Questions Answered". I don't propose to comment on all the stories and essays in this collection, but here are some random remarks: "The Reclamation of Edwin Drood" is not only a Dickensian parody, but a humorous attempt to complete the novel that Charles Dickens left unfinished. Incorporated into this... More > "conclusion" is the sketch, "How Mr Sapsea Ceased To Be a Member of the Eight Club", written by Dickens himself. Discovered by friend and biographer, John Forster, among Dickens’ papers, this sketch was first published in Forster’s life of the novelist and, until quite recently, despite its importance, was not usually included in editions of "Edwin Drood". "Contest Blues" is a story about the judging of a literary contest, inspired by my own experiences in these events. "Dead Man Walking" is a long short story that I originally contemplated as a novel. It is set in contemporary Egypt. "Step-Ladder Nine" revolves around a group of poets with whom I was associated at university. Although all the verse quoted (with two exceptions, though the translations are mine) was written by me, I have attempted to duplicate the various styles of the poets concerned. "Scent of Lotus on a Windy Day" is a short story derived from my published novel, "In All His Glory". Set in Ancient Egypt, it details one of King Jeroboam's adventures with Pharaoh Shishak. "Beachcombing" is a humorous essay. Although most literary contests despise attempts to be funny, this little piece was fortunate enough to set the judges laughing. They gave it a "Highly Commended" award. Except for "Vince Viner’s Victory", the other stories, essays and sketches in this collection were written after I ceased entering writing competitions. (I didn't think it fair for a judge to compete, even though there are no rules against it. A judge, after all is a professional, and most contests are designed to promote the work of authors who are not professionally engaged in writing). "Vince Viner's Victory" won both the Hills Library Prize and a "Very Highly Commended" award.< Less
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- John Howard Reid (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Tom Howard Books
- August 22, 2008
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.64 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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