Synopsis: "Fables and Fiction collects several general fiction short stories, fables, and fairy tales. In this volume:
The Witch and the Farmer -- A farmer steals from a local witch and suffers the consequences.
The Monster -- Mother and Father are having their first child; Madame Mercury says it will be a monster and to destroy it. They can't and must deal with the results.
The Karma Fairy -- Russell steals content from the Internet illegally, damaging his karma. He has only one chance, to delete the content and hope he finds the one thing he really wants: true love.
English Major -- Rich is struggling in his freshman English class and lies to get through it hoping at last he'll have proof he doesn't belong in college. But his lies are convincing and he does not see what consequence they will have.
Fairy Dust -- Eugene conceives a plan to collect fairy dust to change the world. However, the fairies who must adhere to this scheme have other ideas.
Quantum -- Doug discovers the equation physicists have been longing for; a unified field theory. Only it gives him the Power of God and he can't control it. Suddenly other universes threaten to invade his own.
The Mouse with Cold Feet -- Henry must find a way to live in a house with a man and a hunting cat and still provide food for his wife, who is expecting a litter soon.
Getting Even -- Stan kills his partner, Steve. Some say it is PTSD, others think he's anti-social. Ultimately it is up to a jury to decide.
Sex Contracts -- Tim's film agent, Sally, is exposed for requiring sex as a condition for representing them. Tim tries to avoid getting involved, but he receives a summons and must testify hoping it does not affect his career as well."
My Rating: In the past I haven't always been the biggest fan of short story collections, but now I have read a few by Rich Feitelberg and found a new appreciation for them. This is an interesting collection of short stories, they range from fiction to a little bit of fantasy and a couple have the feel of classic fables. I really enjoyed these stories and it is fun to read one or two a night, some of them are only a few pages long. I think my favorites might be the Witch and the Farmer and The Mouse with Cold Feet, they just happen to be the ones that are more like classic fables. The other stories were great too and it allows you the opportunity to try slightly different sub-genres in fiction literature.
My Rating: Not all the stories were quite to my liking but as a whole I really enjoyed this collection. I give it a rating of Four Paws.
I purchased my print copy at the RI Author Expo but you can obtain a copy in digital format from Amazon. If you really want it in print, I bet you could contact Rich directly to purchase a copy (I promise he is very nice and will be helpful).
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