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Even in Death: A Short Story Collection

4.47  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Even In Death, a collection of ten short stories, explores the thin line between love and hate; extreme emotions even death cannot destroy. Julie wants nothing more than to receive a flower bouquet from the hometown veterinarian. However, in "A Flower Story," flowers are delivered long after a person is alive to smell them. After purchasing their dream home, Sara and David ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published August 4th 2014 by Keep Calm Publishing
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Kyle Wendy Skultety (
Many thanks to the author for gifting me this review copy!

Even In Death is a collection of 10 short stories, eminently readable. Her prose is achingly beautiful, as evidenced in this line from "A Fine Winter Day": "Mark began to pluck the feathers off my innocence six years ago, when I was thirteen and he was twenty-one".

Or this snippet from "What's Really There": "We live in the country, 300 miles from the closest beach, and yet their sadness crashes precisely like waves against the shore. My h
Rachel (Cullen House Reviews)
Oct 13, 2014 Rachel (Cullen House Reviews) rated it really liked it
Even In Death is a quirky short story collection showcasing every possible human emotion... grief, anger, hatred, love, hope... Yes, the overall theme is death but there isn't much depressing or macabre here. The characters and scenarios were believable and despite the brief length of the stories, I was sucked right into them. Some will shock you, some will make you smile, a few will bring you to tears but every one of them will stay with you long after you're done reading. This author doesn't ...more
Aug 27, 2014 Teri rated it really liked it
The last couple of times I read collections of short stories, I was disappointed in both books - but with Even in Death, Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie broke that discouraging streak.

All of these stories had a different personality and explored various feelings - love, hate, regret, envy, fear. Some were also humorous. In my favorite story, What Caught My Senses, when one of the characters states, "Not only am I in a horror movie, but a predictable one," I had to laugh. A group of people realize
Lori Schafer
Nov 27, 2014 Lori Schafer rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie’s Even in Death is a collection of short stories unusual in both theme and characterization, containing dark and paranormal elements as well as moments of sweetness. The writing is competent, and flows well throughout. The stories themselves, though, leave something to be desired; they seem to lack the maturity of a seasoned writer. The endings are too abrupt, the plots a bit contrived, and the frequen
Daphne Bois
Dec 28, 2014 Daphne Bois rated it it was amazing
This is an elegantly written and compelling collection of short stories. All the stories deal with questions of love, hate – and being human. There is a great balance to the stories: some were truly heartfelt and touching, others deeply sad or chilling. It’s obvious that Ms Feltenberger is very skilled at writing different in voices and genres, and the stories really stay with you long after you’ve finished the book.
One of the stories I enjoyed the most was ‘Loose Ends’, which is about ghosts, m
Katie Cross
Sep 17, 2014 Katie Cross rated it really liked it
Shelves: shorties
I'm not a short story person, but I cannot love these stories enough.

I've been trying to figure out why I loved Gillespie's stories so much, and I'm finally thinking it comes down to well placed metaphors and vivid, but short, descriptions. They're definitely short stories, more flash fiction than anything, so the space to describe is minimal, but every story was crystal clear.

The other epic part? None of the characters were really "perfect". A lot of them were flawed and imperfect and I absolut
Pam Bonsper
Oct 14, 2014 Pam Bonsper rated it it was amazing
No short supply of entertainment and suspense in these stories which mix real-life characters with sometimes mundane yet totally relevant, and sometimes exaggerated, real-life topics and events. The story teller uses a delightful mix of horror, humor, and humanity to convey the complexities of human emotions and relationships. Her exceptional use of dialogue moves the narrative along and pulls the reader--sometimes afraid but eager for the next line-- into the story. The endings are tied up like ...more
Aug 21, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
This book comprises 10 remarkable short stories. These stories provide food for thought, make you wonder, giggle, nod in recognition, shake your head, and/or even touch you.

With Even In Death, Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie has created a compelling collection of 10 individual and remarkable short stories. Even In Death is an entertaining collection, its stories are thought-provoking, and fast reads, emotional without being obsessive, making you want to read more. I was drawn into the stories rig
Joood Hooligan
Sep 05, 2014 Joood Hooligan rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The cover was intriguing but I'm not usually big on short stories, but I felt I needed to broaden my reading so I decided to give it a try.

There are ten stories in this. All and all, I liked it. There were two of the ten that were freaking awesome, and another five that were pretty great. Definitely worth checking out.

The author also asked that I give her some feedback on each story, so I'll have that over on the blog.

4/5 Platypire
Lotty Ellis
Nov 16, 2014 Lotty Ellis rated it it was amazing
A fantastic collection of short stories, which contains an eclectic mix meaning that there is something for everyone. All stories have their own style and leave you thinking about them afterwards. My particular favourites are the story of a haunted house and the young couple who move in, and the story of the young man who visits his girlfriend’s grave. This is an excellent book to pick up when you haven’t got time for reading a long novel. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping in and out of this book ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Cherie rated it it was amazing
Death is not the ending in Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie's Even in Death. I enjoyed every single story in this collection. The voice pulled me in, although a couple stories I had to read slower to figure out which character was which. Some stories brought tears to my eyes. Some made me laugh. Some were fraught with tension and left me guessing what would happen until the very end. This collection was a great mix of contemporary, paranormal, and horror stories. Death may be a central theme to Eve ...more
Clare Wilson
Sep 02, 2014 Clare Wilson rated it really liked it
A collection of short stories, Even in Death is well worth reading. The stories are all very different from one another, but each one deals with a loss or death in some way. From a sister harbouring fantasies of hurting her twin, to a writer's retreat where everything seems to go wrong, the book has something for everyone. There's even a couple of spooky stories thrown into the mix, such as one where a young couple find their new home is haunted by the ghost of a troubled woman who's obsessed ...more
Janice Spina
Jul 29, 2015 Janice Spina rated it it was amazing
Even in Death is a captivating and intriguing collection of short stories each dealing in some way with death. The author created interesting tales that sweep the reader into the stories by well defined characters and smooth flowing prose. There was a fascinating twist in each story that kept this reader spellbound.

I found this lovely book to be a thoroughly enjoyable and quick read. I only hated to see it end and was left wanting for more. I would highly recommend this book as a worthwhile rea
Katherine P
Nov 26, 2014 Katherine P rated it really liked it
This was an interesting and unusual collection of short stories. While death featured prominently in all ten stories I found them more about human nature than death itself. If you're looking for a quick read that's not too light and makes you think than this would be a great choice.
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Nick Shipley
Sep 02, 2014 Nick Shipley rated it really liked it
Insightful and evocative with clean contemporary moments. Being a fan of Sam Shepard, I loved A Fine Winter Day with its taught introspection and the gritty Loose Ends and the strength of Scrambled Egg. The Collector carried us with true heartfelt grief and relief as we dove headfirst. Can't wait for another collection from Kristy. More please.
Penny Degaetani
Sep 25, 2014 Penny Degaetani rated it it was amazing
What do love, ghost and a crazy writer have in common with death? You'll have to read this delightful collection of stories to find out. The author uses multiple story lines to shed light on how death affects our lives. Her characters will reach out and touch you as they pull you into their reality. The writing style of this author is always relaxed and enjoyable, yet thought provoking.
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