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Monterey Shorts: Stories by Fiction Writers of the Monterey Peninsula
     

Monterey Shorts: Stories by Fiction Writers of the Monterey Peninsula

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by Mark C. Angel, Frances Rossi (Editor), Chris Kemp (Editor)
 

Monterey Shorts is a genre-spanning collection of short stories that explores every nook and cranny of California's magical Monterey Peninsula, past, present and future. The volume spotlights ten local authors, new and fresh voices known collectively as the Fiction Writers of the Monterey Peninsula (FWOMP).

Because their approach is both diverse and

Overview

Monterey Shorts is a genre-spanning collection of short stories that explores every nook and cranny of California's magical Monterey Peninsula, past, present and future. The volume spotlights ten local authors, new and fresh voices known collectively as the Fiction Writers of the Monterey Peninsula (FWOMP).

Because their approach is both diverse and unique, Monterey Shorts appeals to a wide variety of book lovers. In addition to more mainstream works, the anthology contains adventure stories, science fiction, children's tales and fantasy, making it the definitive volume of modern regional writing.

Whether you are lucky enough to live on the Peninsula, or are one of the thousands who come to soak up its beauty, serenity, and history, Monterey Shorts is for you.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780967684840
Publisher:
Thunderbird Press
Publication date:
06/04/2003

What People are Saying About This

Robert Irvine
These stories are like time capsules filled with memories waiting to be discovered!
Author of the Moroni Traveler Series
Steve Sharon
Monterey Shorts charms, chills, intrigues, and entertains. Enjoy.
Screenwriter of the Clint Eastwood film, The Dead Pool
Christopher Moore
...you come away [from Monterey Shorts] having been entertained and with the smell of the bay in your hair.
NY Times Best selling author of Lamb and The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
Brian Herbert
[Monterey Shorts has] delightful touches of John Steinbeck, Sam Spade and Frank Herbert.
NY Times Best selling author of the Dune Prequels

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Monterey Shorts: Stories by Fiction Writers of the Monterey Peninsula 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The scope of material covered in this anthology was quite impressive to me. I'm usually not a big fan of short stories, but I loved the fact that I could read one of these stories during a lunch break. The genre's are wide and variable (from historical fiction to fantasy), but all the tales take place on the Monterey Peninsula. Since I'm not a local, I was a bit worried that I might get lost. But the stories don't require intimate knowledge of the Monterey area. Indeed, most of these tales take you there. I was visiting Pacific Grove and bought the book at a local bookseller. Now I want to go back! Ten great stories, ten new writers. Way to go you guys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great and I'm buying another copy for my sister. The stories are well-crafted, written in a variety of genres, and each writer captures a little of the essence of the Monterey Peninsula. I found the lead story, 'Reunion', a romantic fantasy by Walter Gourlay, to be especially moving and poignant, not only because I was in the area during the period (1940's)in which the story is set, and I remember the old tunes, but because of the air of eerie mystery surrounding the two lovers. The children's story by Mike Tyrrel is absolutely wonderful. I will read it to my grandchildren. I hope he writes more stories like this. Byron Merritt's science-fiction spoof is hilarious, especially his sleuth's extra-terrestrial partner, a gelatinous blob in a coffee mug. Mark Angel's scuba divers, Lele Dahle's tragic account of growing up in Carmel Valley, Chris Kemp's story of weird witchery, Frances Rossi's attempted murder, Ken Jones' Russian sub, Pat Hanson's hot tubs that talk, and Shaheen Schmidt's place to heal--each story has its own charm. Together they make a delightful volume to read and give as a gift. The clever cover by local artist Dan Koffman captures the ambience of Cannery Row and is a fit introduction to the collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am fond of short stories, and in my youth I read many of them eagerly. In recent years, though, they haven¿t seemed to be as readily available. At least one exception to this trend is the collection, Monterey Shorts, ten intriguing and imaginative tales by a group who call themselves ¿fiction writers of the Monterey Peninsula.¿ These writers¿ backgrounds differ considerably and their stories, while all set on the Monterey Peninsula, reflect those differences. Furthermore, the intrusion of those differing backgrounds imparts an authenticity to the characters and situations. Thus, one just knows without reading the biographical note that the lead story was written by someone with university experience. Upon getting this book I thought I would probably read one story a night before retiring. Actually, once I started I read all ten stories before putting the book down. It is well worth the modest price.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Monterey Shorts is pure pleasure. Ten stories by different authors with varied situations and different points of view, all centered in the Monterey area, create a captivating read. This is truly a delightful smörgasbord of different subjects and writing styles. All of the stories are carefully crafted and well written. It is clear that this writer¿s group works at a professional and discriminating level. From Walter Gourlay¿s wonderful Reunion, which will give goose bumps to anyone who has been associated with Fort Ord or the military in general, to Mark Angel¿s realistic depiction of SCUBA diving to Mike Tyrrel¿s youthful fantasy, or Dot¿s Dad Visits Dinosaur Town, readers will definitely feel they have received great value in this book. I highly recommend Monterey Shorts for all who want to treat themselves or a special friend to hours of enjoyment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A range of stories from a writing group in the Monterey California area. The storie range in genre and theme. There is also a range in the quality and in how mych you might enjoy each story. Some are very good and some not as good. Over all the book is enjoyable for those that like short stories. All the authors show promise and quality. I give the book overall a C+ on the StuPage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Talk about something for everyone! This book has it all. Whether you're a murder mystery buff or enjoy a gentle ride down memory lane, you're sure to find something enjoyable in this collection of ten short stories. I'm sending out a few to family across the U.S. (and beyond)! Way too much fun