Red: Several Marvelous, Sensational, Absurd, Visionary, Peculiar, Unthinkable, Wicked and Totally Untrue Stories
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Red: Several Marvelous, Sensational, Absurd, Visionary, Peculiar, Unthinkable, Wicked and Totally Untrue Stories

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Driving home one night, Red editor Kris Goldsmith spotted a bright, red scarf lying alone by the side of the road. She lives beyond the middle of nowhere in rural Pennsylvania and wondered just how that scarf got there. She also wondered what reasons some of the writers she d been working with at Boxfire Press could dream up, so she handed out a challenge: write a short st...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published November 30th 2011 by Boxfire Press
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Craig
*Goodreads First Reads Advanced Copy*

The book Red: Several Marvelous, Sensational, Absurd, Visionary, Peculiar, Unthinkable, Wicked and Totally Untrue Stories lives up to its title. At least it almost does. Someone had to think of the stories, so they can't be unthinkable.

I found the book to be quite an easy read (finished in 1 day). Each story was unique and well written though, like any book of short stories, there were some I enjoyed more. Superhero by Justin McLachlan was perfection. The or...more
Lauren
I received this book in a goodreads giveaway.

I was so excited when I won this book in the giveaway. It sounded like an extremely interesting concept, and I was interested to know how the authors involved handled it. I was not disappointed.

The first two stories were really good, but the last three were brilliant. I can tell that this book has a re-readability rate. I feel like I will pull something new from it each time I read this. My favorite thing about these stories is that the authors didn'...more
Lucy Furr
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.


So, I won this book quite a while ago, but sadly I haven't had much time for reading lately and now, all I can say is: Damn! I wish I had been able to read it sooner!

Red is a marvelous collection of five short stories, each of which is unique and interesting, and most importantly, well written. Usually when I read a collection of stories by multiple authors, no matter the number of stories, there's always one or two that just don't sit...more
Fred Hughes
This review is based on a free copy of this book supplied to me by the Publisher - Boxfire Press

This is a quirky collection of five stories that each have a science fiction nugget of some sort embedded within them.

STORY ATTRIBUTES:

ORIGINALITY (standard, high, stellar) – HIGH – in how the science fiction factor is slowly incorporated into the stories

ACTION (none, some, lots) – NONE – these aren’t really action type stories, more character development stories

SEX (none, some, lots) NONE

PROFANITY (...more
Brittany
I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program on Goodreads.

I loved the concept of this book of short stories about a random red scarf in the middle of nowhere. What would spawn from that? Could be interesting!

Unfortunately these stories were a major disappointment with the red scarf near non-existent, except for Justin McLachlan’s Superhero, it was awesome! (And added a star to the rating) Placed at the end of this book, it definitely is the redeeming factor that makes this boo...more
Jenny
I was very excited when I won Red in the First Reads Giveaway. The very concept - short stories spawned from the curiosity of a random red scarf in the middle of no where - is fresh and exciting. Unfortunately, the majority of the stories did not live up to that excitement. While interesting, I'd hesitate to give any of them more than 3 stars.
However, there is an exception to every rule and in this case, Justin McLachlan's Superhero is definitely exceptional. Well placed as the last story in th...more
Alan Taylor
Feb 03, 2012 Alan Taylor rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: wins, first-reads
I received this book through the First Reads and have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Agree with other comments that it is very easy to get through in a couple of hours, but the stories do become more gripping as you go on.
A couple of them I feel could be developed further into full blown novels, especially Superhero by Justin McLachlan, there are just so many more directions this story could take.
I would recommend this to any fan of short stories.
Angela
When editor Kris Goldsmith saw a red scarf abandoned in the road one day, she wondered what its story was. And, like any good editor at an independent press, she put that question to several of her authors. This collection of short stories is the result.

It's a rather hit-and-miss collection, I think, but mostly hit. The first story, "Like Smoke" by L.G. Fitzgerald is the big miss, taking the most obvious path to the misplaced scarf. Interesting enough, but with an utterly predictable outcome. "S...more
Nathan Burgoine
I quite liked this. You all know my penchant for short fiction, so I'll mention that this is another anthology of short fiction that I'm reviewing here.

The idea behind this collection is in the description on the rear cover: "Driving home one night, Red editor Kris Goldsmith spotted a bright, red scarf lying alone by the side of the road. She lives beyond the middle of nowhere in rural Pennsylvania and wondered just how that scarf got there. She also wondered what reasons some of the writers she...more
Dave
This book was given to me by a friend. I was so intrigued by the concept -- different writers given the same seemingly insignificant detail to write about. All the stories were okay, a few were so exceptional I can't wait to read more of the authors' work (and have already done so in some cases). Justin McLachlan's Superhero was such a standout I was so bummed when it ended! Andy is such an original character I really hope we see more of him and what happens to his future. The entire concept of...more
Kayla
I was so happy to win this book in a giveaway. It is exactly what the cover says it is; Its five marvelous, sensational, absurd, visionary, peculiar, unthinkable, and wicked stories. I love reading short stories in my free time and this ranks second only to Stephen King's book Everything is Eventual. This is one that I feel every one should take the time to read and enjoy.
Andrew
This book is a nice read with an excellent range of emotion, mystery, and suspense. The book ends on a high note leaving the best story for last. I received an advance copy of this book through a goodreads giveway.
Karina
What great short stories ! This was a fun read, a great little story that has to do with the scarf. I t was interesting to see how they each added the red scarf and how it symbolized something. Great short story :)
Tiffani Erickson
It took me a minute to realise that these stories stand on their own. I kept wanting them to be tied together. I also wasn't sure what to expect and I like what was collaborated and published.
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