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An End to the Thrill is a collection of science fiction short stories, each one totally unique in its own way. The build up to the end of every story has been written in a way that will amaze readers, and each story has its own theme, its own genre, and its own different setting. As you reach the end of every story, be sure to expect the unexpected. The plot twists will ap ...more
Paperback, 52 pages
Published October 2nd 2013 by Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC
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Mehreen Ahmed
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A book of sci-fi short stories. Now that is something new. As new as the settings. Some had surrealistic settings written not with so much passion perhaps but with a sound understanding of matters around him. I liked the last story best. The one which takes the protagonist to his death bed. That was more moving than the rest. ...more
Sean
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Received copy from author for review.

A small book with nine short stories that are really all well written.

The best one for me was the last one,I Seek Death.This was very good.

All in all a little gem.
Pennie
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time since I read a compilation of science fiction short stories that made for a good page-turner but I had a few very late nights of reading 'An End to a Thrill' as I just did not want to put the book down, and there were no really dead spots that made for a natural go-to-bed location.

Varun Kumar does a great job of inserting realism into the scenes, and each story kept my interest with completely different scenario's, I wasn't disappointed. A definite winner here, the raw an
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Jessica Lauryn
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Varun Kumar is a creative author who's stories are unique and entertaining while also packed with twists and a great deal of suspense. If Time Could tell was my favorite of these short stories, but each one has a surprise ending which made for a fun and intriguing read. This author is not afraid to think outside of the box and has a big imagination that kept me quickly turning the pages of his book. A copy of An End To The Thrill was provided to me for an honest review. I'm looking forward to re ...more
Anthony Caplan
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a great debut collection of sci-fi shorts that displayed an interesting mix of macro and micro worlds, time travel, biological adventures and sub-atomic personification. The story lines showed a nice symmetry, beginning and ending with a husband and wife playing out their marital conflict in speculative worlds. Mr. Kumar is a deft story-teller with a confident way around plot twists and an interesting science-based story telling lens. I really enjoyed and hope to see more soon.
D.M.
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
A collection of strange short story's in a short book.
They all have different themes but most are board-line horror themed.
Quick read

*An advanced copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*
Louis Arata
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Time-travel. Computer viruses. Raindrops. Varun Kumar has a quirky take on storytelling. In his short story collection An End to the Thrill, he composes concise, philosophical tales with unusual twists. Nothing is quite what it appears to be.

The trick in reviewing the stories is not to give away the endings. Once you catch on that the stories contain the unexpected, part of the fun is to see if you can figure out how it will turn out. The trouble with this approach, however, is that the stories
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Rob Slaven
Jun 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
I received this book free for review from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review. Despite the privilege of receiving a free book, I’m absolutely candid about it below because I believe authors and readers will benefit most from honest reviews rather than vacuous 5-star reviews.

In a nutshell, this book is a collection of rather bizarre scifi short stories. Each one has a very distinct flavor to it to be sure.

I won't deny that there's not a ton positive to say about this book. It
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Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
Read the book in one sitting. Its all of 52 pages in total and has nine short stories. Hence, perfect for a quick read.

The best part is that all the stories had a different theme with no interlinks. The plots were truly well thought of. It had everything that a sci-fi anthology could have- time travel, outer space, virus, you name it and they were there.

Varun has a quirky sense of humour. His endings are sudden so as to keep up the suspense. However, a few stories had a predictable ending. Wish
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BooKKrazy
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, although I love me some science fiction novels, I was a little skeptical as to how the short stories would turn out. Turns out, I loved them!

Each short story grabbed my attention, not at all disappointing me in the least. I don't even know if humor was an intentional addition, but when you find yourself giggling and smiling after the first story, I'd say it's a keeper. Maybe it wasn't the humor but rather the complete surrealism and uniqueness of each story. Agreeing with other
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Valerie Willis
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This collection of short stories made for a great bedtime read. I loved the concepts of surrealism and personification that echoed through my reading. The author does a wonderful job of not letting you know what you are witnessing until towards the end of the story. By this point they do a wonderful job closing up each story where the point or reveal answers what the final outcome or what element they personified.

The only issue was a few minor editing flaws, but other than that, it did not ruin
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Tony Parsons
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A fairly well written set of 9 kind of paranormal short stories (book). They weren’t all very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish, but never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of
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Ellie Midwood
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“An End to the Thrill” is a collection of sci-fi short stories with a strong philosophical voice. The author has done a fantastic job in leading the reader into different worlds, parallel universes and even afterlife experiences.
Each story is very different, very compelling and ends in a completely unexpected way, let it be a husband begging death not to take his wife when in reality it’s not the wife that death came for; a deceived lover tricking his former girlfriend and her husband into beli
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Felicia
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
An End to The Thrill is a collection of sci-fi stories that will make you keep on guessing and wondering page by page. Varun Kumar is really creative and brilliant. Some stories took me a while to process, but most of the time it left me in wonder.

Some stories is so mysterious and could be a little bit difficult to grasp until you get to the ending. Some stories is very unique and quirky. The concept of all the stories is very well thought out and beautifully written.

While I couldn't really und
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R
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One thing I liked most about the short stories was that they were all unpredictable. Each story I kept wondering where the author was taking me. I could picture myself in every situation of the book. I could place myself in the shoes of a lot of characters because I felt what they were feeling.
I also noticed that you did good with showing us than telling us what's happening, and that made the stories very interesting.

I usually read romantic stories, and I had forgotten how good other books of
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Sherri Moorer
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
An End to the Thrill is a series of nine short stories by Varun Kumar that take you through captivating journeys to different times and places. Each story takes you on a whirlwind adventure that keeps you guessing and wishing for more. These intriguing bites of science fiction (with a touch of the paranormal) lead you to ponder the ultimate question to spark the imagination: what if? Severance or Adherence was the most powerful tale, with Sweet Requite coming in second on my list of favorites, b ...more
Vikkas Pareek
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Vikkas by: Varun Kumar
Shelves: book-i-have-read
Have you heard of a Hinglish phrase "Chota Packet, bada Item", I felt the same reading the book, the short story collection, with 9 stories, leave you think beyond what is written, The Author takes the reader through various places never imagined before, like on a computer motherboard or between world. There were two stories, which didnt meet the level of the rest, rest were amazing. Without giving too much information on the stories, please go and read it yourself, I highly recommend the book, ...more
Francis Powell
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
With a Varun Kumar short story, you never know where he is going to take you. His stories are quirky and intriguing. The book is short, a mere 51 pages. Though it could be more polished, this is counterbalanced by Varun Kumar’s imagination and the variations in themes, you have to go with the flow. They are like little sketches, little dabbles of ideas, raw but at the same time charming and pleasing. It will be interesting where Varun Kumar goes from here, will he expand into a full size novel o ...more
Evi Routoula
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book contains nine fictional,short stories. Their titles are: If time could tell, Detrevni, The virus affair, The miracle, Severance or adherence, Sweet requite, Repulsion reverts reality, Troubled waters and I seek death. All of them are extremely imaginative, unpredictable and each of them has a unique theme totally different from all the others. They are very pleasant to read and I think that Varun Kumar does a great job. I really enjoy reading this book. Looking forward reading his next ...more
Privy Trifles
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have very few science fiction till now as it is not a subject am too comfortable with. This is perhaps the third or the fourth collection of sci-fi short stories. And to be honest I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. I was skeptical when I began but at the end of it all I was grinning as if I had found a hidden treasure. What is so different about them you may ask. They are seemingly common and possible but when seen closely you notice their uniqueness.

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Arielle LeClair
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was very interested in the thought of having a collection of sci-fi short stories to read. Each was entertaining and the author did an excellent job of keeping details obscure so that you were guessing just who his characters embodied right until the very last sentence.

I would have given this a five-star review, however there were moments where some words were misspelled and the grammar did not quite flow with a properly edited book. These are issues that could be solved by anyone who has exc
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Mike Russell
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of the first books that I fell in love with was an omnibus collection of science fiction short stories. This little book reminded me of the joy of discovering the limitlessness of the imagination through stories where all is not what it seems. I would recommend this book to the young reader looking to discover different worlds. Perhaps they may then discover that there is more than appears to this one.
Glenn Conley
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Rakhi Jayashankar
My rating 3.5

An end to thrill is a collection of nine short stories. Science fiction, fantasy, romance- The stories are a club of several genres. With crisp and gripping writing style author succeeded in grasping the attention of the readers.

1. If Time Could Kill

This is a time travel story. The story of experiment and experience. Author succeeded in maintaining suspense. Climax was a little clumsy. 3 stars

2. Dtreveni
This is a unique story. A refreshing style of writing. I didn't understand the
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SoWhatIRead Blog
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I will admit, I haven't read this brand of science fiction since I was in high school and we had to read random Asimov short stories. It took me a few of the short stories to understand what I was reading, but once I did I was pleasantly surprised. The names of many characters seemed to give a bit of insight into what was going on within the short story which was really cool and I didn't mind that I wasn't always sure wh
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M.P. Thomson
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is imaginative and offers up some interesting ideas. I found 'The Virus Affair' and 'Troubled Waters' to be particularly entertaining in relation to the concepts. The individual tales are short enough to enable the reader to dip in and out of the book from night to night, without too much trouble.

Kumar’s writing style is unique; for me this sometimes caused confusion and had an effect on how well I was able to follow the story- I can see how this could cause frustration to some readers
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Prerna Khatri
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it
From someone who reads a lot of short stories, reading a compilation of sci-fi short stories was a different experience. I personally enjoyed the story, 'Detrevni' and my favourite of the lot was, 'I seek death'. The book being the author's debut is written well, and I like the imagery that has been used in a couple of stories. Being a relatively short book, it was a quick read. Overall, it was a good read!
Teresa
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. "An End to the Thrill" is a collection of short stories that include a greedy time-traveler, computer viruses, electrons, a raindrop, revenge and even death to name a few. The stories are fast reads and could be read in one sitting if the reader has time. I liked the book and am sure that some of the students in the class will like it too.
Laura
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I would not recommend this to a friend. The writing feels mechanical and flat. The characters are uninteresting. I appreciate the lack of grammar errors and the good internal formatting, but that doesn't make it worth the time to read.
Paula
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: free-first-reads
ARC for honest review. Science fiction short stories. I don't read many short stories so this is different for me. Some stories really twisted. Endings were imaginative to say the least. Thought provoking.
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