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An Epilogue to Innocence is a book of dark short stories from debuting indie author Tim Baughman Jr. The book focuses on the darker, more challenging emotions and experiences that many twenty-somethings are exposed to for the first time. From death to deceit, from true love to true lust, An Epilogue to Innocence attempts to look at these events in a stylized and bleak fash ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published July 10th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Timothy Kilkenny
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Baughman's take on the coming of age for young adults becoming adults is real, truthful, and gritty. Often times during my reading of the book, I was able to find myself relating and even sometimes putting myself in the story itself because of similar experiences in my own life.

I appreciated that the book was true to similar experiences that I've had, that other books have failed to do so. It's very rare to be able to find common ground with an author sometimes but Baughman does such a good job
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Cherie
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
An Epilogue to Innocence is a really interesting, bold, and often dark look at the lives, thoughts, and struggles of the young adults who serve as the protagonists within its pages.

Books of short stories can go one of a few different ways and very often I personally find them disappointing. I've found that a lot of short stories will really whet my appetite in the beginning, but then end so quickly that I don't feel like there was any strong conclusion. That is not the case with An Epilogue to
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Laidig
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a collection of ten short stories revolving around twentysomethings and their relationship with the wider world, it's not surprising to find that the most common theme throughout 'AETI' is loss, none more so within the first five. My personal favourite is ‘The Strongest Feelings are on the Inside‘, which I found as an unexpected twist within the flow of storytelling. So you would believe that this 'loss' would continue as you work your way through the sixth. I won’t say much more, but it defi ...more
Tabitha Wells
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone
While we often find ourselves engulfed in longer stories, driven by a need to consume every extended chapter and continuation, short stories, particularly collections of them, seem to be forgotten in the excitement of series.

The art of short stories is one difficult to master; the writer must be able to both share an engaging story that hooks the audience while being able to portray enough about the story for it to make sense.

To say author Tim Baughman Jr. had mastered this art would be an und
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Williesun
'An Epilogue of Innocence' is a collection of short stories. I received this as an ARC through Tim directly, as I am a long time follower of his blog where he originally published some of the stories.

It took me a while to write this review because of real-life troubles as well as having mixed feelings about the collection. There are some stories I enjoyed, mainly Soma which I already knew and liked before it was put into this book. I do think Tim's style works really well for this story. And the
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Mike
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can’t tell you the last time I sat down to read a book. Normally, the stories in books don’t pull me in or keep me occupied the way a good tv show or movie can. This is not the case with this book. While it’s a collection of short stories, the themes really seemed to hit home with me.

Life is not something that is easy for anybody, and the stories in this book capture that theme with great success. At several times during my read through, I felt happy, sad, excited, scared, and sometimes a comb
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E.V. Jacob
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
"An Epilogue to Innocence" by Tim Baughman is a brilliant collection of short stories revolving about the struggles--some familiar, and some more outlandish--that young adults face in their ever-changing lives. It's the perfect companion for someone navigating the tumultuous landscape of life. It can be read in one sitting, blasting through the vastly different stories, or bit by bit, exploring each character's triumphs and struggles one at a time. The writing style is descriptive, clear, and em ...more
Brittany
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Being totally honest, the first story didn't grab me- in fact, it's probably my least favorite of the collection (sorry Tim). But I kept going and the next story was super intriguing- as were all the rest.

The stories were all varied, from location to narrator to plot. The overall theme was slightly dark and a little twisted (and sometimes very sexual) which I didn't necessarily expect but enjoyed. Can't say it will be everyone's cup of tea but I think the people who like it will really like it
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Amanda (musicalpoem)
There was too much telling and not enough showing in this short story collection, which is unfortunate since the stories had a lot of promise. I found it hard to connect to the characters for that reason (telling not showing), making it difficult to get into each story as much as I would have liked.
Rebecca MacCeile
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I loved it so much, in fact, that I was able to finish it in about three hours. Each short story stands alone as the author creates vastly different worlds for every character, yet there are many similar themes tying the book together. It's a great read!
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