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Water. Many of us take it for granted. With the turn of a faucet, an endless supply runs across our hands, douses our face, fills our pots, kettles, tubs and swimming pools. We depend on the life-sustaining qualities of water for everything from the essential to the mundane, to refresh our bodies and replenish our thirst, to clean ourselves, our clothes, our automobiles an ...more
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Published June 28th 2013 by Smashwords
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K.A. Krisko
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: short story fans, poetry fans
(Full disclosure: one of the stories in this anthology is mine).

A bunch of great short stories ranging from literary fiction through fantasy and poetry, written by folks who are getting nothing out of it for themselves, with all proceeds going to support WaterAid. There's something for everyone here, including poetry/lyrics by folk singer Peggy Seeger. All well-written and edited so you'll find very few typos, grammatical mistakes, or other errors. Several of the stories have inspired me to look
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Jay Howard
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
In my opinion these are top class stories and poems - what else could I say when I chose them? This is an incredibly varied set of work. Although the individual contributions are so different they have come together as a very satisfying cohesive whole. It has been terrific working with these authors and I'm very proud of the compilation.

The book is free, but we are asking for donations, no matter how small, for WaterAid. Many grains of sand piled together make a beach where the family can relax.
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megHan
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read Jason's novel, What Hides Within, and loved it. It is by far one of my favorite reads this year and I highly recommend it to everyone who hasn't read it yet.

When I found out that he had a short story out there, I had to go and search it out.

I have not read the full book, but the few things I have read in it, including and especially his, have been really good and I definitely suggest that you find it - and give money.

Jason's story was not what I expected at all, so different from the bo
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Christoph Fischer
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Of Words and Water" is an impressive anthology of short stories and poems, all around the theme of water, a charitable project for WaterAid.
The pieces chosen cover a broad range of approaches, they are poetic, poetic prose or use more modern language; some are more symbolic, others more direct and literal.
The editors did an excellent job at compiling a huge variety of unique styles and ideas on the subject. Whether we experience the power of ocean waves or have a comparatively safe swimming poo
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Mark Bell
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I will not comment on my own work:Boo trilogy but this anthology includes much more than my little tales. Poems,short stories,and song lyrics are all included in this volume. Download this title,read with pleasure, and if possible donate and/or review. No donation to small:no thought inconsequential.
Allie Cresswell
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Getting something for nothing can either be a lovely surprise or something we take for granted. Fresh clean water falls into the latter category for most of us. Even during the heat wave we in the UK are enjoying at the moment we have refreshing showers a couple of times a day and water the garden in the cool of the evening without giving it a second thought. Sadly that isn’t the case for many millions of people, a plight which this anthology seeks to relieve.
The book is free to download. All th
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Alexes
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, this is the first anthology I've read cover to cover that didn't have a single dog entry. Every one of the stories, poems, and songs in Of Words and Water caught and held my attention. Of course I had favorites--Mark Bell's Boo stories, Patrick de Moss' "Old Waves, New," Peggy Seegar's "Love Call Me Home," and Jay Howard's "A Nice Cup of Tea" among them--but each reader will doubtless find their own. That the money goes to an excellent cause is icing on the cake. Kudos to all the ...more
Jason Parent
Jul 01, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Fantastic writing all-around and in a variety of genres. I am proud to have been part of the process.
Dean Johnston
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Besides raising money for a great cause this book is a very entertaining collection of stories and poems from a vastly different group of authors. The stories range from practical to touching to romantic to humorous, meaning that every reader should be able to find something that strikes their fancy. Very commendable of these authors to donate their time and talent to such an important issue. I highly recommend checking this book out and making a donation at https://www.justgiving.com/Of-Words-A ...more
Bookvetter 2
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Of “Words and Water” is an anthology that captures man’s relationship with water through stories and poems. With an opening poem by Peggy Seeger the stage is set for the adventure into the fluid layers of the collection. The editor, Jay Howard, follows up with the anecdote of an elderly Chinese woman who has a unique manner of watering her plants. Seldom do we see the beauty before us unless it is pointed out; this seems to be true of the importance of water in our lives.

As a reader I often wond
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Annie Harmon
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I just finished reading this from cover to cover- so many different voices! I loved reading the stories by American authors because it was close to home, but even better was reading from the European authors, enjoying the flavors of other countries. Personally, I thought all the entries had terrific value but two that stuck with me- really dug in deep- were the stories about Boo, and the story, "Old Waves,New" (I saw my father there). But you'll read it and find your own favorites, I'm sure. Sto ...more
Germanio Puglio
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This would make a good coffee table book, especially with the nice cover. Do you know when you go to someone's house and you're sitting there all uncomfortable, then you read their coffee table book? It is an anthology filled with stories and poems somehow related to water. I liked the story about the farmer, he reminded me of someone's grandparent. The siren story was scary. Really amazing imagery! Amazing how the pieces all tie to water. Buy this book! ...more
Gisela Hausmann
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
‘Of Words and Water’ by Peggy Seeger (Author) and Jay Howard (Editor) is an important book –it’s a goodreads’ groups’ anthology for charity. I totally support this idea and think that in time the concept might get even more popular.

Editor Jay Howard’s foreword features the story, which drew me in. It’s about an old Chinese woman, who has to get water with two pots, every day. One of the pots has a mini crack and every day drops seep out as the old woman wanders home. Since this is a fairy tale t
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Chris The Story Reading Ape
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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These high standard short stories covering an autobiographical extract from a Mother, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy and interspersed with poetry are all quite different, even though the common theme is water.

The contributing Authors have successfully showcased their formidable storytelling skills and deemed that all proceeds and donations go to support WaterAid.

I, for one, will be looking out, not only for further such collaborations, but also for the other books written by each of
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Katharina Gerlach
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, ungewohntes
This book is a marvel to read for people who love wonderful language. The stories collected in this book read like songs in prose and I found myself struggling to see the story instead of the singsong of the beautiful language.

The stories all revolve about water in one way or the other to make us realizes just how important water is.

I highly recommend this anthology to everyone who loves well told stories and musical language.
Bookvetter 4
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a marvel to read for people who love wonderful language. The stories collected in this book read like songs in prose and I found myself struggling to see the story instead of the singsong of the beautiful language.

The stories all revolve about water in one way or the other to make us realizes just how important water is.

I highly recommend this anthology to everyone who loves well told stories and musical language.
Bookvetter 1
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Of Words and Water is a compilation of stories relating to the topic of water. Each author's treatment is unique, and stories take a wide berth in exploring water as a theme. I found some of the stories in this collection to be particularly powerful; for example, Ali Isaac's strong story Sea Bright was so compelling that I was desperately seeking to read the rest of the story once it was over! (I don't know if it has been published elsewhere, but if it has I would definitely read it!) ...more
Bookvetter 5
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This anthology of prose and poetry has a unifying theme of water in many guises. The writing was of a good standard throughout, although there were some pieces I enjoyed more than others. For me the stand out piece was Sea Bright, which was an emotional read without being self pitying. Each piece is introduced by the author with a few words on the inspiration for the story which I really appreciated.
Bookvetter 6
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This is very diverse collection of strong stories, while there are always some that a reader won't connect with, chances are it's the individual readers versus any of the stories as they are all appealing. The cause this book is supporting and promoting is just as appealing. Well worth the short amount of time it takes to read! ...more
Bookvetter 3
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall, this anthology, edited by Jay Howard, is a very interesting mix of prose and poetry on the theme of words and water - an interesting theme, indeed. The poems are readable and most of the stories are good.

Favourite poem: "By the Mill" by Ali Isaac; Favourite prose pieces: "Oreille" by Marie-Ann Mancio and "A Nice Cup of Tea" by Jay Howard.
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