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A Hand for Each: Three Short Stories

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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Published (first published September 1st 2011)
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Carole Rae
Jan 12, 2012 Carole Rae rated it really liked it
These three are the first short stories I have read in a long time. I had to keep reminding myself that, yes, these are short and the story will be quick and...well...short. Since there are three short stories, I'll break this review up into three categories. One for each:

A Hand for Each
The story follows Davies, who's a lieutenant on a ship that's attacked by islanders and he's left alone to the mercy of the sea. I can't say much else without ruining the rest of the story.

I zoomed right through
May 09, 2013 Lise rated it it was amazing
Three short stories are presented in "A Hand for Each". The stories are: "A Hand for Each", "Masks of War" and "Fleurs du Mal".

"A Hand for Each" was published in 2007 in Shimmer’s Pirate Issue. From it we learn that if your ship is conquered by natives of some island and all of its crew left dead except yourself, you had better get off that ship as soon as possible. Otherwise you are going to be in serious trouble.

I guess you could say that "A Hand for Each" is reminiscent of The Flying Dutchman
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
This was an ok collection of short stories that I enjoyed but didn't make me want to go and search for more work by this author.

A Hand for Each-Kind of a Pirates of the Caribbean feel but also reminded me of the side story (comic book) going on in the Watchman graphic novel. It was ok, I would give this story 3 stars.

Masks of War-I found this piece to be a little emotionally confusing for me. Having a lot of family in the military I understood what the "hope" factor was for this story but at the
Jan 01, 2013 J. rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
It was looking to be five stars, but the ending to the final story left me unsatisfied. [SPOILER ALERT] That sort of trailing away, undecided ending, does-he-doesn't-he-but-you-know-he-doesn't, well, they just don't do it for me any more. [END SPOILER ALERT] Guess I've seen too many of them. Otherwise beautifully written, engaging, entertaining, imaginative, and I only saw one typo in the three stories. If you like subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle horror, you could do far far worse.
Jan 10, 2013 Cathy rated it really liked it
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Three short stories that are pretty creepy. The first involves a man left alive after a devastating attack on his ship by islanders. Wasn't crazy about the ending, though.
The second and third take place shortly after WWI. One is about the outcome of a battle for several warriors. The third story is definitely creepy about a man who survives the war then must fight for the soul of his brother.
Very well-written.
Oct 09, 2013 Martha rated it liked it
In summary:

A Hand for Each
Beginning: meh
Middle: meh
Ending: Whoa!

Masks of War
Beginning: Hmm
Middle: Hmm ...
Ending: Huh?

Fleurs du Mal
Beginning: Hmm
Middle: Hmm...
Ending: Hmm... Ok.
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