Worst. Superhero. Ever. and Other Odd Short Stories by Scott Baron

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Expect the unexpected.

‘Odd’ is definitely a great way to describe these short stories, but not in a bad way. They’re quirky, fun, and hard to put down.

Worst. Superhero. Ever. is about a guy with super powers who just can’t get it right. He’s the Bizarro to your Superman, but also a very relate-able person. I could see this being a TV show.

One Last Fix is, as you might guess, about a kind of drug, but never in a million years would you guess what.

The Lesbian Farmers of Quagshire is an interesting take on a possible future. I wanted to like it more, but homophobia always gives me a bad feeling, despite the nice twist.

Huh was the most unexpected and intriguing. I can’t even say anything because it would spoil the surprise. I loved it.

If you have a half hour to spare, these stories are worth a read. I still think back on them here and there, and chuckle to myself. Definitely an author to keep tabs on.

 

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The Angel by Troy Lambert

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Hans Christian Anderson is one of my favorite authors of all time. His stories are a perfect balance of magic and reality, love and sacrifice. He never shied away from a sad ending while also giving us hope.

This short story does exactly that. Based on Anderson’s poem The Dying Child, it’s a moving tale about two children in different timelines. I instantly connected with both of them and the people they cared about. The emotional impact of it is immeasurable, though it doesn’t leave you sad – only at peace. There are no monsters, no demons, and no evil. There is just life and death and what comes before and after.

I thought it was beautiful and worth the time to check it out.

 

Cross-posted to My Trending Stories

Dot Matrix and Property by Jack Binding

 

I have a feeling short stories are going to take over my reading soon. After the odd tales of last week, I was eager for some more short story goodness, so I took up Jack’s offer to read his.

Dot Matrix is every desk jockey’s wet dream (and subsequently, nightmare). A silly yet relate-able yet preposterous yet horrifying tale of the average Joe climbing his way to the top by using a possessed printer. Yes, you read that right. I won’t spoil it for you – this story is too good not to read, and you’ll be going ‘muahahahaha’ by the end.

Property is kind of the opposite. Subtle hints, self-realization, and an ending you wish you saw coming. A story that many people today can very much relate to. Not too preachy but just preachy enough to make you think.

Both stories are a worthwhile read, and I’m curious to see where Jack’s mind takes us next.

 

Cross-posted to My Trending Stories.

 

Lost & Found: And other odd short stories by Scott Baron

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I stumbled across Scott on a writer’s reddit thread and I loved one of his short stories, so when I saw he had an entire collection I had to check it out.

It did not disappoint.

There are four stories, and let me tell you they are so different and yet so similar. The first takes place in an underground city, the second in the Wild West, the third on a ship, and the last in a magical meadow. How can they possibly relate?

It’s the unpredictable nature of each and every one of them that keeps the pages turning. I guessed a dozen different endings while I read and I was wrong in all of them. This might not be my usual fairy-tale style read, but I didn’t mind at all.

I will definitely be checking out more of Scott’s work, and if you’re looking to take your mind off of reality (and I wouldn’t blame you) this is a good place to go.

Cross-posted to My Trending Stories.