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A small collection of stories about judgment, vengeance, inspiration, inter-connectedness, and devotion. With each tale, the reader is challenged to consider new ideas or perspectives. There are twists, surprises, lovable and detestable characters, epiphanies, and revelations that will stay with the reader long after the reading is done.
Kindle Edition, 89 pages
Published July 9th 2013
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Keith Nixon
Sep 27, 2013 Keith Nixon rated it it was ok
A collection of six stories in a variety of genres.

I spent a lot of this book asking myself - why? Fundamentally I wasn’t sure the purpose of the stories.

The first tale is, like the collection, titled Fundamental Problems. It resides in the sci-fi genre and is about two men on a space ship who arrive at a planet called earth and inform the 8.1 billion people living there that they haven’t been following the rules of the Creator. As a result they have a day to respond to the charge or the planet
Jan 28, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it
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Title: Fundamental Problems

Author: Michael J. Tobias

Genre: Short Stories


Fundamental Problems by Michael J Tobias is a delightful collection of short stories that deal with the "unknown." For example, what happens after death? Does God/a higher being exist? What is "right" and what is "wrong?" While the author doesn't flat out answer these questions, each story explores such topics and allows readers to draw conclusions (or not draw conclusions) for
Sep 01, 2013 Courtney rated it really liked it
Fundamental Problems is a collection of short stories that challenges the reader to think outside of the box.
Since they are short stories, it reads very quick.
It opens up with a story about our planet Earth being destroyed by alien creatures. What a nice welcome story.
After that the stories get progressively better. I feel as though there is something for everyone hidden within the pages of this short story compilation.
The writing style keeps you engaged until the last page. It is also very
Jane Thomson
Aug 01, 2013 Jane Thomson rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read short stories, as I find I have to dip in and out of worlds too fast. But this was an exception - I would highly recommend it. It's just so quirky and original, and each story has a different style and voice - you wouldn't even guess the same person wrote them all, although it is very well written. I liked the opening story about the end of the world - so brilliantly ironic! The descriptive, lyrical piece about jazz jamming - lovely. The lovers forever jinxed by death and ...more
Norm Hamilton
Aug 10, 2013 Norm Hamilton rated it really liked it
“Fundamental Problems – A handful of fables” is a fun collection of short stories. Michael J. Tobias presents some unique plots and memorable characters. There are some rather interesting takes on spirituality and the concept of God (god) throughout with interesting twists and turns as the protagonist(s) head toward solution.

The genres range from science fiction sometime in the future to contemporary to fantasy; each told with a story arc and narrative that draws the reader along, interested in
Laurie Elrod
Aug 06, 2013 Laurie Elrod rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
I am a new fan!

I am going to have to say this is one of the best collections of short stories I have read in a long, long time. Each story is unique, and takes the reader down a path of stimulating and thought provoking avenues, weaving a distinct play on all the reader’s senses. With engaging and enigmatic characters and plots that twist and weave, always pulling the reader to a conclusion that leaves one wanting more, the author does a magnificent job at keeping his audience turning those page
Sep 04, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Donna by: Bette
This is a collection of short stories - not something I usually read because I love to really get into the characters of a book. Michael knows how to do this quickly. The stories bordered on sci fi and every one was incredible written. Michael prose had me sucked in from the beginning. I would very much like to be able to write like that when I grow up. Highest recommendation and I can't wait for that novel! Check it out.
Loretta Tollefson
May 07, 2014 Loretta Tollefson rated it it was amazing
This is a great set of well written short stories that give the reader some food for thought. The subject matter and the point of view was diverse enough that each story felt fresh.
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Michael J. Tobias was born and raised in South Carolina. After receiving degrees from Furman University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he served several Baptist and Methodist churches in various positions, including Youth Minister, Education Minister, Associate Pastor, and Pastor. He has also worked at schools, in retail, at a funeral home and at a public library. His interests ...more
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