Stories to Enjoy [NOOK Book]

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Stories to Enjoy includes 16 short stories such as the following: "Real Characters"--about a writer who unfortunately gets his wish that his characters come alive.."Son" makes you think differently about compassion..."The Crossword Puzzle Murders" offers you a surprising twist to a serial killer.."Frozen History" is about a man who discovers an ancient power that may stop nuclear missiles.

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Overview

Stories to Enjoy includes 16 short stories such as the following: "Real Characters"--about a writer who unfortunately gets his wish that his characters come alive.."Son" makes you think differently about compassion..."The Crossword Puzzle Murders" offers you a surprising twist to a serial killer.."Frozen History" is about a man who discovers an ancient power that may stop nuclear missiles.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011450341
  • Publisher: Tom Mach
  • Publication date: 7/20/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 426 KB

Meet the Author

Tom Mach wrote two successful historical novels, Sissy! and All Parts Together, both of which have won rave reviews and were listed among the 150 best Kansas books in 2011.Sissy! won the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award while All Parts Together was a viable entrant for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Award. He also wrote a collection of short stories entitled Stories To Enjoy which received positive reviews. Tom has two other novels which appear as E-books: An Innocent Murdered and Advent.


His poetry collection, The Uni Verse, won the 2008 Nelson Poetry Book Award. In addition to winning poetry awards from Kansas Authors Club, Tom was a finalist in a nationwide Writer’s Digest Awards competition.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

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    Short stories are one of my favorite types of book, as it gives

    Short stories are one of my favorite types of book, as it gives you a quick glimpse into a world you've never been before. They are remarkably hard to write, as you have a limited amount of space to draw the reader in and make you care about the characters and what happens next, so I've always admired the short story writer for their bravery.

    This was an interesting collection, as the stories were all different instead of being the same theme. I enjoyed that difference. Some left me wanting more, and some were just the right length. Rather than give a synopsis of each story, I'll just discuss a couple that stood out for me.

    "The Assassin" is about the President's press secretary who finds the President's behavior on Air Force One a bit odd, and has a funny feeling that she won't be returning home. I liked Kerry and wished that she had paid more attention to her hunches instead of being so accepting, but did like the twist at the end!

    "Real Characters" is about an author who is told his characters are like stick figures and need to come alive. Enter a helpful genie, and you can guess what happens next! It's a fast, funny story that made me smile.

    "Frozen History" wonders what if you could stop all the actions of the world by performing a special incantation while wearing a ring dating back centuries ago? What if there were a nuclear attack and you had that power but didn’t know it? I liked this story because it reminded me of an old TV show I saw once. Wasn't The Twilight Zone, but something similar.

    So all in all, I enjoyed this collection. Love short stories as you can pick them up for a quick read without having to worry about remembering what happened previously! Gave a nice, little taste of Tom's work.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

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    An eclectic mix of interesting tales

    Stories to Enjoy is an eclectic mix of short stories from Tom Mach, covering everything from the down to earth to the downright other worldly. My favourite story involved a woman who combined telekinesis and fraud to make a great living: by using her abilities she was able to alter old stamps, moving the gum or the franking from one stamp to another so the high value ones ended up in pristine condition. Very ingenious and with quite a twist to the tale (which I won¿t reveal).

    Not all of the stories resonated with me and at times I found it a little difficult to connect with the characters ¿ alas, this is sometimes the downside of the short story ¿ but generally I found the tales to be very engaging. They are ¿quick reads¿, allowing you to dip in and out of the volume or perhaps even read it in one sitting, as I did.

    Stories to Enjoy is quite a remarkable volume in that it probably has something for everyone. While readers may not enjoy every tale (or they might ¿ who can say?), the chances are that the book will pass from hand to hand and at least one of the stories will engage the recipient. Therefore, it¿s an excellent choice for a family bookshelf or communal reading room.

    I understand Mach is also a novelist and I would be interested to see how his writing talents translate to a fuller arena in which to develop characters and stories. As a short story writer it¿s clear he¿s very confident in his genre and able to produce very compelling reads. I would certainly be interested in reading more of his stories in the future.

    **I received a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation and all opinions are my own.**

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