The Light, The Dark, and Ember Between
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The Light, The Dark, and Ember Between

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A collection of short stories, each a splinter's reflection of the human condition, firmly centered upon our oft tenuous, sometimes tensile bond with Hope, and careening flirtation with Love.
Fifteen stories: From the wispy fog of a love lost at sea, to an orphaned child who delivers a present of her own during a war-torn Christmas. These stories are gentle reminders to eac...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published 2009 by American Book Publishing
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On his blog, J.W. Nicklaus writes, "If I've done my job properly, the stories may just remind each of us of what it is to be human, and certainly of our affinity for the slightest glint of Hope." In "The Light, The Dark, and Ember Between," Nicklaus has exceeded his own aspirations. Each of the fifteen short stories are unique, and yet there is a strong, seamless connection to the collection.

This is the book that inspires and soothes. The vignettes of life that often pass as an ordinary moment w...more
Sandra Stiles
The Light, The Dark & The Ember Between is a collection of fifteen short stories. J.W. Nicklaus is a mster at taking romantic stories and showing the range of emotions one can reach as they read them. I had three out of the fifteen that became my favorites: Requiem for Linny, Paper doll and 10:18. This is definately a book for all.
Haley Mathiot
Genres: Fiction, Drama, Humor, Romance
Rating: 5/5

The Light, The Dark and Ember Between is a collection of short stories that show people and events the way they really are. Each story is a beautiful picture of humans and emotions.

Each story in The Light, The Dark, and Ember Between is beautifully set up and developed quickly, by way of characters, setting, and dialogue. I was instantly drawn into each one as quickly as I turned t...more
Sharon Chance
There are authors who are well-known for their short stories - Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, O. Henry, even John Steinbeck - and all are admired for their mastery of spinning a tale of brilliantly strung-together words. This acclaimed group can now count another author among their ranks - J.W. Nicklaus.

In his collection, titled The Light, The Dark, And Ember Between, Nicklaus presents fifteen stories that cover a complete range of emotions from joy to sorrow, love to hate, and all the often gray...more
If you enjoy reading collections of short stories, then be sure to pick up a copy of The Light, The Dark, & Ember Between by Nicklaus. It's perfect for quick reads when time is limited and the stories aren't connected to each other so you can jump around story to story for whatever mood you may be in. Explore your human emotions as you read each of his stories. I personally enjoyed giggling while I read "Elevator Shoes" and "Short Attention Span". Then of course Nicklaus had me sighing in aw...more
Linda B
From the back of the book:
This book is a collection of uplifting images that delve into the reflections of the human condition. These stories will cause you to think, laugh, and even cry at the beauty of emotional memories. You will smile at the thought of love lost and found again in “Paper Doll.” You will think about your life’s choices in “10:18.” You will cry tears of joy while reading about the hidden gift in “Winter Rose.” This is a must-have collection of thought-provoking reflections per...more
Beautifully poetic and breathtakingly real. The stories contained within The Light, The Dark & Ember Between may be a bit short in length, however what a mighty and powerful punch they pack. I want to be truthfully honest when I say that normally I am not a lover of short stories. Usually I am more the type who enjoys sinking their teeth into a drawn out and lengthy novel. However, this is a collection of fifteen wonderful and diverse stories, by which author J.W. Nicklaus manages to draw th...more
Nicole Langan
J.W. Nicklaus is a word artist. He paints mental pictures with lyrical prose. "The Light, The Dark & Ember Between" is a collection of 15 short stories whose concurrent theme centers on finding hope in death. Nicklaus' writing is dense with meaning. It is not trivial, light reading. His sentences are filled with complexity in a style that encourages the reader to slow down and savor each word. Each page demands a reader's full attention in order to grasp the vivid emotional catharsis experie...more
This is a book of about 15 short stories written by J.W. Nicklaus. There is a little drama, humor, romance, and more in this book. I enjoyed reading it during a conference when the topics did not interest me as much as the book did! I found it hard to put the book down at times because the stories were so captivating. In my opinion, the most memorable stories in the book are the following with a short review:

Requiem for Linny: I enjoyed this story because it reminded me of my grandmother a littl...more
Sep 09, 2009 Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars
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The Light, the Dark, and Ember Between by J.W. Nicklaus is a collection of short stories with themes such as love, loss, redemption, humour, death and more. I was interested in this book because I thought the cover and title were intriguing. I wanted to like it more than I did. The stories were usually uplifting and positive but I'm just not sure I'm a big fan of the short story. There wasn't enough time for me to care about the characters and that seems to make a difference in whether I like a...more
Sarah Sammis
The Light, The Dark, and Ember Between by J.W. Nicklaus is a slim volume of 15 short stories. Although the book sports a dark and brooding cover the don't expect horror or suspense. These are dramatic character studies, not genre fiction.

The settings are vastly different as are the characters. Old, young, in between, rich, poor, all walks of life. The stories themselves take a moment in time, a turning point and explore those faint glimmers of hope that might be present even at the darkest momen...more
I have to admit I haven't read many short stories since college (and that was back in the 20th century). Some of my favorites were The Lottery, The Most Dangerous Game and The Cask of Amontillado. I thought reading this collection would be a good introduction to modern short stories.
The difficulty with reading a collection of short stories by the same author is like reading multiple series by the same author; I begin to lose interest. Some stories I enjoyed, some I didn't understand and others I...more
These fifteen short stories are not your typical angst-ridden fare. These are lovely stories of hope and love and how the choices we make in life really do make a difference. My personal favorite was "Streetlamp" a lovely, evocative story of love and longing.
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I reside in a place not entirely fit for human habitation about five months of the year. No pets to speak of, only the apparitions from which all romantics suffer.
An Arizona native, I've been from one coast to the other, and a few places in between. College brought an AA in Journalism with a minor in Photography, and a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications. My work experience has run the gamu...more
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