I have yet to my very own Great Perhaps. Love for them never dies, unless you let it. Things happen in life, some good, some bad, and some horrible, but regardless you will always have a reason to live. Live for your passion, live for someone you love.
Mia too had the choice, after getting into a fatal accident it was her turn to decide would she live for the love of her life and Juilliard or would she die to be reunited with her family. One choice that could change not only her life but many around her… What would she pick? Adam and the cello or her family? An anthology comprised of romantic, horror, futuristic, fantasy, paranormal short stories. Surprisingly I really enjoyed this. The writing style was clear, very concise and easy to follow.
I tend to enjoy and follow the plot of a story more when the writing is clear — less time is spent trying to decipher code, pretentious writing. The use of pronouns rather than names in An anthology comprised of romantic, horror, futuristic, fantasy, paranormal short stories.
The use of pronouns rather than names in the first story as well as 2 others confused me a tad bit. I had to reread to try to figure out the sex of the characters. A few stories were more memorable than others and at times I found myself rushing to the end to read the climax. And yes, the climax for these stories was actually at the end. How odd but exciting. I also found myself wishing the stories were longer, much longer in some cases. A few stories had me wondering how she came up with the ideas. The darker stories were definitely more gripping and spoke directly to my dark soul e.
I think this one was by far my favourite since it was creepy. I look forward to reading any future titles that are along the horror genre, once the writing style remains simple and unpretentious.
Nov 07, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. There are men, women, young people and old having very different experiences and emotions. My favorite of the collection is On a Rainy Day which is a mix of horror and sick humor, which admittedly made me chuckle a little! I highly recommend this book to any fan of short stories, romance, suspense and surprise endings. I look forward to reading more from Cat Nicolaou in the near future. May 30, Adam Oster rated it really liked it.
Cat Nicolaou's short story compilation seems to be the author's attempt to time and again subvert not only the romance genre, but also the reader's expectations. Nicolaou appears to have fun leading the readers on to expect one ending, while turning it around on you and giving you something completely different. Until you begin to expect the unexpected and she hits you with something a bit more of what you should have expected.
Life, Love and Death is an amazing compilation in that it seems so p Cat Nicolaou's short story compilation seems to be the author's attempt to time and again subvert not only the romance genre, but also the reader's expectations. Life, Love and Death is an amazing compilation in that it seems so perfectly curated.
These aren't just stories with a common theme, they, at many times, almost come across as stories that are directly connected. We see old couples fighting, but then we see old ladies missing what they once had.
We find ladies running away from stalkers, while also finding stalkers getting what they deserve or do they? Throughout this compilation, Nicolaou forces the reader to question what they know to be the truth, and often times sheds light on a much different aspect of a tale that we've come to know through other writer's efforts.
This is a mighty strong effort by a new author and I can't wait to see what she might have waiting for us in the future. Jun 16, Kameron rated it it was ok. Out of 18 short, creepy, weirdly fascinating tales, 10 of them can be skipped IMHO but, hey, you still have 8 stories worthy of every penny spent on them. I'm going to discuss the 5 spooky tales that I think are most memorable and worthy of a featured episode on the Twilight Zone.
Basically, a mighty good read! Cat gave us a frightening reason why the heck not. Good read! No pun intended. This tale will please the readers who think technology will lead to our doom. Yeah, you know there are those out there who believe this with all their hearts. Nov 16, Patricia Walker rated it it was amazing. A brilliant anthology of 18 short stories that lean towards a darkness that will satisfy those who love that dark side of life.
All of the stories will leave you reeling with their unexpected twist at the end - twists that cannot be guessed at while reading. I thoroughly enjoyed being drawn into each dark space, into something I couldn't second guess, only to be tossed out at the end of each interlude stunned by the end which, at times, was dramatic enough to stop me reading to contemplate just A brilliant anthology of 18 short stories that lean towards a darkness that will satisfy those who love that dark side of life. I thoroughly enjoyed being drawn into each dark space, into something I couldn't second guess, only to be tossed out at the end of each interlude stunned by the end which, at times, was dramatic enough to stop me reading to contemplate just what it was I'd read.
Excellent reading from beginning to end! This book is a verified purchase on Amazon UK View 2 comments. Dec 07, Krystal rated it really liked it. Discovering The Darker Side Of Love This is do far from my usual style of books but Its definitely opened my mind up to reading more books based on short stories So dark as it discovers so many different avenues of death We explore love, obsession, deceit.
Just a collection of short stories which have you trying to predict what comes next This collection focuses on the love story some choose to ignore. I really liked this Worth all 4 stars Mar 30, Chris-Jean Clarke rated it it was amazing. If you prefer to read sweet romance stories, with happy endings, this book is not for you. Nicolaou's book is -- a must read. Mar 31, Vishal rated it really liked it. A wonderful collection of short stories blending various genres, racy and pacy making it a refreshing read and sucking the readers into this fabulous anthology.
It's been quite a while that I've been treated to such an interesting assortment of shortie not limited to a single theme but experimenting, making it worthwhile to read. Oct 08, Jenn rated it really liked it. I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange of an honest review. This book…….. Some of the stories were cruel, some were funny, some were sad, and some were tragic. No happily ever afters h I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange of an honest review.
No happily ever afters here, but the stories were interesting and some shocked me when I got to the end. Island of Bliss was just tragically sad. On a Rainy Day I thought was really sweet, until I got to the end and I realized just how morbid this book was going to be! My jaw totally hit the floor, and same thing with The Treehouse and Clay Soldiers.
It was funny and creepy, and entertained me. The Last Kiss was one of those short stories that make you realize you need to cherish every moment you have with loved ones, because one day they will be gone. An Unexpected Meeting was funny, yet I was seriously sad afterwards.
Michael was a creeptastic character that really went about things the wrong way, but the way he went……. I was sad. Lastly Jack in the Box totally had one of those moments where if you were drinking water you would have spit it out all over the place when you get to the end. Creepy, morbid, and grotesque, but highly entertaining and at times thought provoking. Well done Cat! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Cat Nicolaou. Cat Nicolaou. Cat Nicolaou lives with her family and many pets on a small island in Greece. She grew up surrounded by crystal clear blue waters and beautiful beaches.
Living in such a peaceful area, she enjoys the idyllic setting around her. It is therefore not surprising that she likes to write romantic stories. Strolling by the seaside is where she gets all her inspiration. As an ever-romantic herself, she li Cat Nicolaou lives with her family and many pets on a small island in Greece.
As an ever-romantic herself, she likes writing and reading stories with a happy ending, though she does torment her characters before they find a happy resolution. Not being one of those authors who have been writing since childhood, it came as a real surprise to the people around her when she finally decided to do it. But "When Time Comes", life has a way to show you what needs to be done and she finally realised that she had to put her stories on paper and let people know her.
The greatest joy of writing for her is seeing where the characters will take her every time she starts a story. Besides spending time with books, she likes drinking coffee like a maniac and listening to music. She also enjoys riding her motorcycle because it makes her feel free. Her debut novella "When Time Comes" was published in February Soft hair, hair that is all the softness of the world: without you lying in my lap, what silk would I enjoy?
Touch it to my cheek; wind it in my lap like flowers; let me braid it, to soften my pain, to magnify the light with it, now that it is dying. Me ha besado y yo soy otra; por el latido que duplica el de mis venas; otra; por el aliento que se percibe entre el aliento. I was kissed, and I am othered: another, because of the pulse that echoes the pulse in my veins; another, because of the breath I feel within my breath. And now I feel in my own breathing an exhalation of flowers: all because of the one who rests inside me gently, as the dew on the grass!
Nosotros vamos turbados, nosotros recibimos la lanzada de toda la belleza del mundo, porque la noche estrellada nos fue amor tan agudo como un amor de carne. Y la damos con un temblor incontenible, como el tuyo delante de un seno desnudo.
A song is the wound of love that things open in us. But our disquiet is continuous; we feel the thrust of all the beauty of the world, because the starry night was for us a love as sharp as carnal love.
A song is a response we offer to the beauty of the world. And we offer that response with an uncontainable tremor, just as you tremble before a naked breast. Es bastante esclavitud hacer el son. Me callo; pero se, para mi, que es el de arriba. I — whose stem is hard, as you can see— I never answer them, not even with a nod of the head. As for me, on the other hand, they hardly even reach my feet. This turning towards the East and towards the sunset, constantly attending to his position, tires my neck, which is not so limber.
I hear them, but I offer them no confirming sign with my head. I keep quiet, but as for me. I know for certain it is he, the one up above. Vicio de la costumbre.