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Ripples on the Pond

4.86  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A man infatuated with ivy. A woman pining for lost love. In a Turkish square, ancient buildings lament a devastating explosion. An unlikely friendship struck up with a homeless person. A journey to a magical place that once visited can never be found again. The camaraderie between the patients in a cancer ward. A writer who has lost his muse. A tragedy that leads to dement ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published December 4th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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N.N. Light
Ripples on the Pond is a fantastic collection of over seventy flash fiction and short stories ranging in genre but all dealing with the human experience. From friendship to love to loss to tragedy, these stories are beautifully written. While reading, I found my heart yearning to travel to the places described and wanting to experience what the world has to offer. Like the title implies, each story is a ripple on the pond of life, extending its reach and revealing truth.

Normally, I shy away fro
Fran Macilvey
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Ripples on the Pond" by Sebnem Sanders

I loved this collection of short stories: evocative, colourful and brimming with imagination. I wonder where Sanders gets her ideas from, and marvel at the level of detail she manages to cram onto the page. I've always loved short stories, and this collection is delicious. Thank you!
Mary Enck
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have never found a collection of short stories that were as inspiring as Ripples On The Pond. I feel as if I have read a novel that took me from one life to another where the characters were one soul, reincarnated into many different lives. I traveled from one setting to another fully aware of a sense of ever changing place that was delightful. This was like reading chapters in a story of many people, each drawn as a portrait and defined as individuals, yet belonging in one story made of many. ...more
Kathryn Gauci
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This remarkable compilation of short stories is quite different to anything I have read for a long time. Sebnem Sanders writes beautifully, often with an anthropmorphic slant that reminds me of the stories and plays of Classical Greece, yet with a modern voice. In these vignettes, nature can sometimes take on a life and voice of its own, immersing the reader in a world that is viewed from a different perspective. There is a also a deep sense of reflection in the writing style which I enjoyed and ...more
D. Peach
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ripples on the Pond is a mesmerizing collection of short stories. I was swept into Sanders’ imagination from the very first selection, Through the Wings of Time, and it ended up being a favorite. But that was only the beginning of this generous collection of 71 stories, all different, all exceptional reads and beautifully edited. The stories wade through numerous genres and topics including the whimsey of magic, the pain of loss, the marvel of friendship, and the cost of crime, to name a scant f ...more
Victoria Ray
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sebnem E. Sanders… tells the story to you, or – stories – where the plot changes direction all the time, the heroes expands the surfaces of the real world and all that, in turn, transforms YOU.

‘Ripples on the pond’ is the collection of 71 short stories, which portray war, love, hate, greed, betrayal, future and much more. I guess the name of the book is reflecting to ‘the ripples’ we are making in our everyday’s Pond called Earth.

71 stories – is way too much to share on my blog, that’s why I’v
H.M. Holten
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sebnem e Sanders opens a world of poetry in Ripples on the Pond. The variety of flash-fiction stories spans wide and gives insight into different cultures and fates. The Mediterranean feel never leaves the reader. Sander induces the reader to wide seascapes, olive groves, and intriguing encounters with distinct characters. Highly recommended as an escape from everyday drabness.
Kate Murdoch
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This delightful collection of short stories encompasses a span of human emotions, frailties and flaws as well as a wider perspective on what it means to be human. Sebnem Sanders examines loss, love, despair, joy as well as the philosophical picture of our place in the world and our relationship with nature. In ‘Selma of Soghut’ she explores transience and ageing, in ‘Shards of Glass’ the magical realism of another self performing shocking acts, and in ‘King of Hearts’ an unlikely friendship is s ...more
Joanne Kendrick
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ripples on the Pond will leave ripples on your heart

This is a perfect book to leave on the nightstand and read before sleep. Bedtime stories for the soul. These tales invoke emotions spanning from joyful to painful, and at times, feel deeply personal, as if the author has glimpsed inside your life. Ripples on the Pond will be a staple for me to pick up when I need a reminder of what is truly important in life.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eternal Ripples

A wonderful collection of short stories from Sebnem E. Sanders. Magical dreams and splendid fantasies mixed with a deep understanding of humanity. Beautiful.
Paul Bennett
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First, a confession, I cannot remember the last time I read a collection of short stories, Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury somehow sticks in my mind, and while I have enjoyed Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe and the like; I am, and probably will remain, for the most part, a novel reader. It was mere curiosity that found me asking to review this anthology.  Now, having said that I must also confess that Ripples on the Pond just might have me looking at the genre a bit more closely.  What I fo ...more
Jeanette Ford
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book like this has to be in paperback form for me. That way, it's easy to dip in and out quickly and smoothly. I love having this book by my bedside ready for the nights when I want just a quick read before I settle down.

These short stories are indeed like ripples on a pond. They are almost cameos of a life of the character in each story, a ripple that goes outwards to effect either that person or those around, a momentary choice that can change the direction of a life. Ms Saunders is a short
Angelika Rust
I'm not going to rate this one, because I wouldn't know how. The writing is beautiful, intricate, but a good portion of the stories simply wasn't for me, in that they read more like non-fiction or philosophical essays than stories. I need stories to grab me and briefly transfer me into another world. The book does contain a few stories like that, but they felt too short, strangely unfinished, like they were really just the first couple of pages of what might well become a novel, if the author de ...more
Jim Heter
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book you will find many brief sketches, "flash fiction" creations written by Sebnem Sanders over the course of some months. Taken together they nicely fit the metaphor of "ripples on the pond," meaningful incidents in the lives of many people, the most common theme being a recovery of hope in one form or another, a step toward a more enlightened, philosophical attitude toward life. Sebnem clearly draws upon a wealth of personal experience as well as much thoughtful reflection in the crea ...more
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brought a book along, to read, while on the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. From Clearwater to Venice, Sebnem traveled along, telling stories the waves often whisper and the gulls cry out loud. This book is for those who oft think and find beauty in everything or yearn to live mindfully. Each story has you linger a bit longer, while waiting for a sunset... or perhaps you are the person anticipating the sun rise. A real treat! A fantastic beach read!

The read end date is a bit misleading, as I
Karen Eisenbrey
The 70 short fictions in this collection can be read and enjoyed one at a time, in any order; or one after the other in quick succession. They are stories of characters at a moment in time, when ripples of the past catch up to them or when they start a ripple that will touch another. Many of them are also little thought experiments, musing on love, loneliness, aging, home, and many other themes. Some have a melancholy tone, while others are humorous, erotic or creepy (or all three at once). It i ...more
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Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ripples on the Pond by Sebnem E Sanders has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award.

"A thoroughly entertaining book of short stories. The cancer ward story was particularly poignant."

"Well written."

Pauline Barclay
Founder of Chill with a Book Awards
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Sebnem Erisen Sanders is a native of Istanbul, Turkey. Currently she lives on the eastern shores of the Southern Aegean where she dreams and writes Flash Fiction and Flash Poesy, as well as longer works of fiction. Her flash stories have been published on the Harper Collins Authonomy Blog, The Drabble, Sick Lit Magazine, Twisted Sister Lit Mag, Spelk Fiction, Three Drops from the Cauldron, The Bos ...more

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