Minor Discord

Minor Discord[PDF / Epub] ✅ Minor Discord Author Helen Laycock – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Dare to visit the dark places at the edges of the map places where you will feel unsettled and from where characters will follow you whether you want them to or not This collection of short stories an Dare to visit the dark places at the edges of the map places where you will feel unsettled and from where characters will follow you whether you want them to or not This collection of short stories and flash fiction will take you into the shadows Don’t get left behind. How long is a really good short story? Ten pages six a page and a half a paragraph? With settings that curl around you and touch you on the shoulder characters who look up and stare you right in the eyes and plots that take you down roads you never expected to travel along byways that make you ask “how the hell did I get HERE?” Helen Laycock shows us that length doesn’t matter It’s always all about the story and the talent of the writer In MINOR DISCORD we come face to face with a deranged kite maker a creatively murderous housewife fascination and love that bloom in a morgue a humble old man an artist who unfortunately finds a doll on a deserted beacha kidnapper whose victim is simply too good a ghost who rides the fun train at the fair to comfort the little children These are stories you read then reconsider and read again and again They range from macabre to romantic to heartbreaking with a few that probably shouldn’t be read at all when you’re home alone at midnight and the only light staring up at you is from your e reader This book perfectly illustrates my contention that the short story is an art form and a much underappreciated one at that In this collection of flash fiction and microfiction Laycock provides a wide variety that will satisfy anyone who loves short stories Most of the stories are dark bizarre and deliciously creepy; a few are lighter but just as captivating My favorites were The Visitors a practical joke gone awry; Soul Control a humorous take on population control in heaven and hell; and Drop Dead Gorgeous a twisted tale of an employee at a morgue with a vivid imagination Laycock's use of vivid imagery makes the stories an immersive read and she manages to say a lot with very few words a truly remarkable accomplishmentNote I received a free review copy of this e book If you'd like to read please do visit Fiction in a Flash my website are a few review uotes from Minor Discord'delighted to have purchased this collection of short stories and flash fiction''a gamut of emotion''The characters and scenery are well presentedallowing the characters to take you on their amazing journey''wonderful twists and turns as in Expectations and Cold Comfort And then the darker tales The Last Place and Two's Company just the thought of that doll ugh and then the brilliant tale loved this Taking Flight These are a few that stuck in my mind''This book was a page turner for me and kept me reading for longer than intended into the dark hours' ' uirky eerie tales that collude with the darker side of story telling''I have purposefully declined from using the wordtwisted though on the T I think it should be in there somewhere''This didn't disappoint''Birdsdeath as a stalker in his personalised black car really good storyCold ComfortA spooky love story enjoyed this could have read a full book about thisSoul ControlLucifer Gabriel straight away this was a story for me it was funny bizarre right up my street again BOOKA Stitch in Timean unfinished sampler causes a couple of problems intriguing storyDrop Dead GorgeousA really creepy story skin crawling freaky''all well written so easy to get into''reading the many stories that make up Minor Discord was a challenge and it is one that I have enjoyed''Helen Laycock's creative talent shines through; her skills and creativity are to be admired''there were times when I had to pause and re read simply for the enjoyment of the imagery they conjured eg White Light''I cannot say which was my favourite there were too many''With settings that curl around you and touch you on the shoulder characters who look up and stare you in the eye and plots that take you down roads you never expected to travel along byways that make you ask how the hell did I get HERE? Helen Laycock shows us that length doesn't matter It's always all about the story and the talent of the writer'' These are stories you read then reconsider and read again and again They range from macabre to romantic to heartbreaking with a few that probably shouldn't be read at all when you're home alone at midnight with the only light staring up at you from your e reader Delicious''The overall feel of the writing here is surreal and creepy borderline horror''Another thing I enjoyed about this collection is the author's gift for conveying imagery''This book perfectly illustrates my contention that the short story is an art form and a much underappreciated one at that'' Laycock's use of vivid imagery makes the stories an immersive read and she manages to say a lot with very few words a truly remarkable accomplishment''Laycock provides a wide variety that will satisfy anyone who loves short stories Most of the stories are dark bizarre and deliciously creepy; a few are lighter but just as captivating ' Entertaining stories sprinkled with a dose of creepyWhat I like most about this book is the author’s talent for planting the seed of an idea or circumstance within a story and then letting the reader’s imagination wander between the cracks You’ll particularly notice this in some of the abbreviated flash fiction where the heart of the story and its ending are pieces of a puzzle waiting to be linked And I do love a good puzzleThe overall feel of the writing here is surreal and creepy borderline horror Although there are a few stories with a lighter bent which make for a nice change of pace On the darker side a couple of my favorites were “White Light” the sum of who and what we are from the inside out; and “Drop Dead Gorgeous” a look into the demented mind of a lonely man who finds true love on a slab in the morgueAnother thing I enjoyed about this collection is the author’s gift for conveying imagery Here’s an excerpt from the story “Bare” that instantly transported me into that fictional world “Like puppets shadows polka’d up the walls and across the tables as the stumpy candle flickered in the jam jar its veins spilling into a waxy puddle”If you appreciate stories that tug at your imagination give Minor Discord by Helen Laycock a try You won’t be disappointed Thank you to Fb’s Book Reviewers Workshop Group for a free review copy of this book I love to read short stories particularly between novels However I rarely read an entire collection in one go and I also tend to read longer short stories So reading the many stories that make up Minor Discord was a challenge and it is one that I have enjoyed Whilst some of the stories were thought provoking – particularly the flash fiction – and some were amusing Spectre Cle He Should Have Worn a Scarf some were disturbing From Alpha to Omega and Losers Weepers and some macabre Drop Dead GorgeousHelen Laycocks creative talent shines through and it is clear that she enjoys her writing; her skills and creativity are to be admired Though there were times when I found her descriptive prose overdone and distracting there were others when I had to pause and re read simply for the enjoyment of the imagery they conjured eg White Light I cannot say which was my favourite – there were too manyAnd it was good to see so many noted as prize winners I like reading short stories between long books to download a bit This didn't disappoint Lots of very short 1 page stories to get imagination running then some between 4 6 pages to get right into Birds death as a stalker in his personalised black car really good story Cold ComfortA spooky love story enjoyed this could have read a full book about this Soul Control Lucifer Gabriel straight away this was a story for me it was funny bizarre right up my street again BOOK A Stitch in Time am unfinished sampler causes a couple of problems intriguing story Drop Dead GorgeousA really creepy story skin crawling freaky These are just a few lots to get into enjoy I personally preferred the bit longer 1s but that's me they were all well written so easy to get into This creepy collection of short stories often read like well written poetry Some of the stories are no longer than one page in length But don’t let their sparseness trick you into thinking that the hairs on the back of your neck won’t stand up because they will Some tales are subtle taking me a minute or two to process the meaning before the – bam—fear evoked brain freeze Some of the stories are bizarrely humorous I especially enjoyed reading about Gabe aka Archangel Gabriel and Lucifer in a business meeting Others are so vividly scary that I needed to take breaks Perfect reading for when you are all alone on a cold stormy night with nothing to do but “kill” a few hoursFeel free to visit my blog at