Short Story – Overconfidence

Have you ever thought about how big, how friggin’ humongous, this universe is? I mean, think about it, there are gazillions of planets, hundreds of gazillions for all you and I know. One of those probably has alien life, right? It’s gotta. And, since we a couple of logic using sons-of-bitches here, we probably think …

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Short Story – The New Boy

Fezzer was determined to look his best. He had risen early, and in honour of the occasion put on the yellow and blue spotted tie that went so well with his pink shirt. The blue suit, waist-coated and with mustard silk handkerchief protruding like a miniature pyramid from his top pocket completed the trad-modern look …

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Short Story – Eyam

‘Now, blessed be God, all our fears are over for none have died of the plague since the eleventh of October and the pest-houses have long been empty.’ So spoke the Reverend. The congregation listened, relieved but not happy. William Mompasson had endured his own suffering – his wife was buried within the stone circle. …

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Short Story – Perfecting Pasta

It was her first meal since she had left.  A bag of crisps, bar of chocolate apart.  Just a packet from the co-op.  She had some cheese to grate on top, a little black pepper and a plastic tub of some kind of tomato sauce that she had basketed before the tears came.  Again. The …

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Short Story – Little Black Dress

Loretta's purse is black. It matches her shoes, her small, veiled hat, and of course, her dress. She smooths the fabric over her legs as she sits down at the table. She wonders how grieving women are supposed to perform the act of sitting down. Sadly, she supposes, and does her best to emanate grief. …

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When Genius Failed Review

Or to quote the full title: When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein. Long Term Capital Management was one of the most ambitious hedge funds of it's era. Run by academics rather than financiers, LTCM was the pinnacle of ivory tower intellectualism in the money management business. With …

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Short Story – Shadowplay

As I enter the party the first sight that greets me is a female face - red and wet, tears cascading – knelt over a fallen boyfriend, unconscious yet still stoically clutching a half bottle of rum. I nod to a stranger – like myself, young, male, tan – we note our shared appreciation and …

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Short Story – And so it is

Scene One A zoo, two strangers approach, a young brunette woman, hair bouncing off her shoulder blades, a stray purple bra strap from beneath a white top, one slightly older gentleman with thinning blonde hair, smiling eyes, short sleeve shirt and bronze arms. They are alone, it is too early for school trip children and …

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We Were Liars Review

Beechwood, a private island near Martha’s Vineyard is where the tall, beautiful and rich Sinclair family flocks to every summer. The patriarch, Harris, both inhabits and owns the island, and is often joined by his three daughters, Carrie, Bess and Penny (the Aunts), and their children. The older grandchildren, Cadence, Mirren, Johnny, and Gat, a …

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