Tales to Read Before the End of the World: A Short Story Collection Exploring the Absurd

Tales to Read Before the End of the World: A Short Story Collection Exploring the Absurd

by Hadena James


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Tales to Read Before the End of the World: A Short Story Collection Exploring the Absurd by Hadena James

This is a collection of short stories exploring the absurd.

Most of the short stories contained within this book revolve around central themes. "Everything Changes" is about the vanity of the human condition. "Faking It" takes aim at the absurdity of modern society. And "Beale Street Blues" explores the breakdown of communication within a relationship. These three themes are continously prodded while the reader attempts to understand them.

The exceptions are "Ascension" and "The Worst Date Ever".

"Ascension" is piece of historical fiction, based in Ancient Egypt. And while it doesn't explore the absurdity of modern society, it does exploit some of the absurd notions of even our greatest ancient civilizations.

"The Worst Date Ever" takes the everything terrifying and horrendous about the world of dating and combines them into a comedy of errors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481120944
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/06/2012
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Hadena James began writing at the age of 8. By the time she graduated high school, she had published a couple of short stories in literary magazines. She completed writing her first novel at 17. Hadena began college as an English major, but quickly changed to a history major. However, she pursued her writing and took several extra classes in creative writing.
College showed her that while she could write short stories, novel writing was truly where her heart lay. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in European History with minors in German and Russian Studies. She currently runs her own business.
After years of rejection letters from large publishing companies and literature clearing houses, Hadena self-published her first novel in September 2012. Her second one was published in November of the same year. In retrospect, she is appreciative of the rejection letters, because they taught her where her writing had weaknesses.
Hadena's primary literary genre is action/thriller. She currently writes two series, both use the action/thriller as their first genre. "The Brenna Strachan Series" uses fantasy as its secondary genre and the "Dreams & Reality Series" uses murder mystery as its secondary genre. She continues to explore and expand her genre writing and hopes to soon produce an action/thriller with comedy as a secondary genre.
When she isn't busy writing or running her business, Hadena enjoys playing in a steel-tip dart league. She loves to travel throughout North America and Europe. Her favorite cities to visit are Chicago, Illinois and Berlin, Germany. She is an avid reader, with her favorites being classic literature; Edgar Allen Poe, HP Lovecraft, Gaston LeRoux, and Jane Austen; modern favorites include Clive Barker, James Patterson, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Her favorite book is "Good Omens" by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett. She writes all of her books while listening to music and the bands tend to get "honorable mentions" within the pages. Some of her favorite bands are Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, Rammstein, U2, Marilyn Manson, Oomph!, and Rob Zombie.

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Tales to Read Before the End of the World: A Short Story Collection Exploring the Absurd 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good set of small stories. I enjoyed it .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good stories.
DyingAnubis More than 1 year ago
There is a good mix of stories here.  The revenge story "Everything Changes" and the humorous story "The Worst Date Ever" were my favorite.  "Ascension" is good, but you have to like historical fiction.  Most of the stories can be read in a less than 30 minutes, so it is a good light read when you have a break.