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The Mermaid

4.67  ·  Rating Details ·  6 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
This book contains many different types of short stories, e.g. ghost, murder, love. All are quick reads. Some are very short. They cover a variety of settings and characters and are ideal to read in your coffe break. The title story won third prize in the Chudleigh Pheonix Competition 2011. This is Penny Luker’s third book of short stories. Her previous books of short ...more
Kindle Edition, 108 pages
Published August 5th 2012 (first published December 20th 2011)
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Tom Benson
Oct 24, 2014 Tom Benson rated it it was amazing
These stories are all crafted with the skill of the practised storyteller. It is a treasure chest of entertainment. There are 20+ stories, several of which are better described as flash fiction rather than short story, but more importantly they feature a wide variety of genre.
As a writer of such tales myself it gives me even more pleasure when I read something that has been crafted to within a useful word. The author demonstrates not only a vivid imagination, but eloquence. She shows here an att
Elizabeth Ducie
May 09, 2013 Elizabeth Ducie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penny Luker’s third collection of short stories is an interesting mix of the enchanting, the intriguing, the displaced and the macabre. She introduces some fascinating characters, some of whom are very unpleasant. The endings will satisfy readers who enjoy a ‘feel-good’ story – there is generally a sense that problems are resolved and anyone deserving to get their come-uppance, does. My particular favourite was ‘Witch Hunt’ and I certainly didn’t see the ending coming in that one.

Some of the sto
Anthony Randall
Jan 21, 2015 Anthony Randall rated it really liked it
Quaint little book of short stories, moral tales and fables. Some were predictable, while others approached the subject matter from a different perspective; one or two were wholly enjoyable. Penny writes impeccably well, delicately and compassionate in her telling of human emotion, especially where the characters are fragile, broken or were children. One suspects that she is a mother herself, having written the bond between parent and child so well. For me, most of the stories were a little shy ...more
Felipe Lerma
Jan 29, 2015 Felipe Lerma rated it it was amazing
The Mermaid is a wide ranging diverse group of well written shorts with two things in common.

One, each story, whether essentially flash fiction or a fully fleshed tale, is about relationships. How essential our desires for or our involvement in relationship are. Whether as a man to a woman, a woman to a man, a child to an adult, or even from an animal to a person. This short book is dense with the possibilities.

Second, directly or indirectly, each story carries the weight of the belief in human
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