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Distant Rumors: 16 Stories of Life and Death

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What happens when you're supposed to be dead but you are not? What was Arnold Schwarzenegger doing on Venice Beach when three young friends meet him? Who cleans up after the superheroes? Why is she pregnant with a dead baby, and how will that affect their relationship? How do you handle becoming the housemaster at an elite boarding school only to have to face the haunting ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published June 23rd 2019 by Misterwriter LLC
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Dave
"Hollow City" is the gem of this collection. It envisions a corporate world in future Tokyo where cubicle dwellers are really just that - cubicle dwellers. Everything is in their cubicle - fold-out bed, lavatory, etc. and almost all contact virtual. No outside world at least on the first 100 levels. But don't forget you owe it all to the corporation. ...more
Team Golfwell
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading, “Distant Rumors: 16 Stories of Life and Death” by William Gensburger who in my opinion has a unique ability of immediately capturing attention in an ordinary story, holding your attention, then twisting and turning the story in unique ways. After I read the first story, I got an instant feel of how this brilliant author thinks and observes the world and I had to read on. It reminded me of the anticipation I used to experience from the late screenwriter Rod Serling, Edgar Allen ...more
BooksCoffee
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in present day, distant future, and alternate reality, this short story collection by Gensburger focuses on the familiar themes of life and death. Beginning with commonplace themes, Gensburger skillfully sprinkles oddities, leading to a higher structure of splendid strangeness in each story.

In “Just A Little Death,” the protagonist is forced to revisit the haunting memory of his own past after a tragedy befalls a student. In “On Deck,” a man’s past heartbreaks refrain him from getting in a
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Jill Hedgecock
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This collection of short stories takes the reader from the not-so-ordinary life of a member of the cleanup crew for Superheros to a man at war with winged insects to a guy who retreats into the wilderness to die...and doesn't. The diversity of tales holds together through the exploration of the topics of death and peril and finding new ways of living. ...more
Angelina
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
An entertaining collection of short stories that is ideal for readers, who like me, enjoy a variety of genres. Each one is different and some are more thought provoking than others. I enjoyed this clever selection of stories set in the past, present and future
Danielle Calloway
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away by the quality of writing. Immediately being captivated by fascinating stories, it was hard to tear away from and some of the stories I'd love to see as novels. I'm not a fan of short stories, unless I"m in a waiting room, and these stories are like a full meal one can enjoy, chewing slowly to savor each mouthful, and washing it down with a cup of red wine. Each story is fully developed, the characters instantly connect with the reader, and the story immerses the reader into the ...more
Christopher
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was very impressed by this brilliant collection of short stories by William Gensburger. Sometimes lyrical, sometimes haunting, always engaging; Gensburger is a master of the genre. His characters have the offbeat charm like those of Neil Gaiman and he makes even the
it most unusual setting realistic and familiar. I highly recommend this book!
Paul
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A high quality collection of stories from a talented writer. The stories are varied and imaginative and compelling. Recommended.

I really appreciate the NetGalley copy for review!!
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