Jumble Tales

Jumble Tales

by Steve Morris


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Psychological sharpshooters, fickle football fans and prodigious people who choose to use and misuse their incredible talents invite you into this collection of their jumbled-up worlds. During dark days at work when people reflect both on what could have been and on what could still be, things are never quite what they seem, and never turn out as expected. Crafted to be short and snappy enough for coffee breaks, but long in the memory, Steve Morris maintains the momentum from his first book “In All Probability” with more of his diverse short stories of the unexpected. You’ll never take anything for granted again except perhaps for uncertainty itself. Anything can turn up in a “Jumble Tale.”

Press Reviews

“...his tales are spot-on....modern and accurate” - - (Shropshire Star, Jan 2011).

“Readers....will find themselves turning back to them again and again” - - (Country & Border Life magazine, Book of the month, Jan 2011).

“few authors can carry-off short stories without them lacking depth, adequate characterisation or sufficient interest. Not a problem for Morris.” - - (The Truth About Books).

Includes a story selected for the “F.L.O.W for All” charity anthology “Stories of the Poppies”.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781907728013
Publisher: Pneuma Springs Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Pages: 114
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Steve Morris is a teacher and examiner of mathematics and science. He travels around his region of England teaching students who are too ill to get to school. Steve graduated in mathematics from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1993. Despite a background surrounded by figures, one of Steve’s passions has been his love for English literature and collecting antiquarian books.
In his own schooldays he enjoyed putting his vivid imagination to good use. With a growing supply of bizarre short stories, he found early success in magazines and anthologies in the UK and overseas.
2009 saw Steve realise a lifelong ambition with the release of his debut book In All Probability: A Collection of Short Stories, which with a nod of approval from the press developed a modest following. This was followed in 2010 with a second collection Jumble Tales. His first full novel ‘Playing Havoc’ is out in July 2012.

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Jumble Tales 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TheLetterM More than 1 year ago
The landscape that used to be the medium of the short story is quickly becoming an arid wasteland left to the childish musings of novelists interested in making a quick buck. Some, like Cormac McCarthy, have completely abandoned the medium as pointless. There are a few writers out there who are valiantly trying to keep the short story alive. Steve Morris is one of them. With his second short story collection, Jumble Tales, Mr. Morris illustrates eighteen individual stories with grace. His strengths lie in his ability to seamlessly bring us into the narrative, providing the reader with just enough to follow through the tale without being bogged down with trivial information. Many of the stories introduce a type of twist at the end, which, for the most part, is used effectively. There are times, however, that some of these twists seem a bit forced. For me the twist at the end of The Best Policy was jarring and, for me, took away from what otherwise would've been a great tale. The stories that I enjoyed most, however, were the ones where the twists were less jarring or completely absent altogether. One of my favorite stories was One-Nil, an elegantly told story of a soccer player's redemption. While reading, I could almost taste the grains of dirt between my teeth, and I actually found myself reading this story over and over again. Ships That Pass is another favorite that will be familiar for anyone who feels that they never have enough time alone with their significant other. Steve Morris shines as a writer of short stories. In his introduction, he broaches the subject of writing a novel. There are parts of me that hope that he doesn't. Not because I don't think he would be a proficient novelist, but because I worry that the short story landscape may become more barren.
sam_vimes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jumble Tales is a collection of short stories that I found enjoyable. Of course there are stories in the collection that I liked better than others. The thing that I really enjoyed about the book is that you can pick it up when you don't have much time to read and get swept away in the the short story for a short time. The book is ideal for busy people that want to have brief escapes from reality. It got this book free as part of goodread's first reads giveaways.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Book Title: "In All Probability" & "Jumble Tales" Author: Steve Morris Published By: Pneuma Springs Publishing Age Recommended: 18 + Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard Raven Rating: 5 Review: These are two wonderfully delightful books by a man that has clearly had his own ups and downs in life. Steve Morris weaves tales of good fortune and hardship with a master storyteller's pen. I am use to anthologies that range from romance to horror and almost any other genre you can think of, but this is the first time I have read a book about the lot life can hand you and the good or bad that often comes with it. I'll admit I was skeptical going into these books but I was surprised to find the mixed bag of tales that both contained. These books prove that true life can often be just as wonderfully exciting, adventurous, and fantastic as tales woven from the gossamer fabric of fantasy. I will be looking for more to come from this UK Author!
TheWordslinger More than 1 year ago
Jumble Tales is the second book of short stories by Steve Morris. After reading the first book, In All Probability, I knew that he was onto something special. I looked forward to the second book and Jumble Tales did not disappoint! It has everything from an autistic mathematical genius who could save the world, to a crazy child kidnapper who lives in a world where females have become scarce, to old favorites like dead eye. So I invite all readers to jump into Jumble Tales and enjoy what lady luck has to offer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago