MINI-COLLECTION EBOOK

 

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Mini-collection

Three of my best published short stories in one download.

  • Saving the Shore: One of the Ring-Bearer's descendents has a problem
  • Lucy in Love: Lucretia Borgia is back on earth: in Manhattan!
  • Sponsored By...: An Army captain struggles to keep his rifle company from getting overrun by armed felons.

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REVIEWS:


An entertaining mix of three stories that takes real life traits and exagerates them into humourous yet darkly sinister stories that indirectly question real decisions and morals. My favourite was definitely Sponsored By... especially given recent debates about allowing brands into schools. This story follows an army maneuvre that is not quite what it seems with heavy and obvious sponsorship and an enemy that are fighting to keep themselves out of prison. Highly amusing and entertaining, a thoroughly tongue in cheek read. 4 stars Sam from Goodreads


Hank Quense is equally accomplished, and equally amusing, in the short story format as in his novels. "Saving the Shore" is just plain good fun, with affectionate smiles at the expense of another literary classic. The other two stories in this collection are social satires that relate to the modern world. The satire has a sharp edge, but Quesne is the sort of author who tickles rather than cuts you with the literary scalpel.

Who else would have cast Lucretia Borgia as an office secretary in one of the world's financial hubs? It isn't her choice, of course (she's capable of far more demanding roles and in any case she wants to find love), but neither her father, Pope Alexander VI, nor their real employer, Satan, believes that a woman can rise above the level of secretary. Unfortunately for their schemes, Heaven is playing dirty tricks. The denouement is highly satisfying.

If "Sponsored By..." wasn't so downright funny, the feeling it would convey would be anger - at militarism, at commercialism and at the treatment of offenders. Quesne makes his point forcefully, but he makes us laugh while he's doing it. This is an excellent piece of writing. I don't know any other author (except Terry Pratchett, perhaps) who can make incisive social comments in a genuinely entertaining way. MH


I really enjoyed Mini Collection. Saving the Shore was a funny version of Lord of the Rings with strange, but interesting, characters, and creative magic. I liked the Shore’s comparison to a shrub, and the ending wasn’t what I had been expecting. Lucy in Love was pretty good, and even though I didn’t enjoy the depiction of Heaven and Hell I was able to enjoy Lucy’s struggle to overcome her sexist father to head the loan business and earn more time on Earth with her new love interest. Sponsored By... was my favorite story of the three. It’s an excellent story. The future world in this story was very creative. I laughed at descriptions of Budweiser logos on army tanks, commercials on their radios, and and boysenberry and coconut-kumquat flavored sports drinks provided in their canteens. Although I was fully entertained by this story, I was a little uneasy because of how easily some of these events, bombing illegals, considering debt a crime, could happen. Perhaps I’m just paranoid. Overall, Mini Collection was a great read. Lydia M: Goodreads: 4 stars


 

 

 

 

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