Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review: 19 by Aaron Patterson

A few days ago, Mr. Aaron Patterson tweeted out to the universe that his short story 19 was free on Amazon. This is one of the many reasons I love twitter. Thankfully, I follow Mr. Patterson.

19 tells the story of a family who is cursed with predictions of death. Aaron Patterson provided this information in the product description:
This is based on a true story and because of the facts and how hard to believe they seem I turned this into a fiction short story. I added in some back-story that is all made up but the main plot happened to friends of mine. This is a thriller drama, medical and all about a family that is cursed with death, and all because of a rose.

If you want something different and a little off the path, give "19" a try. And think twice the next time you stop and smell the roses.

I am such a fan of short works, and 19 was a great short story. It reminded me of a story my 8th grade English teacher told me after being off for funeral leave. Her brother-in-law had died on a road that several men in her husband's family had died on. He had a heart attack. His brother and his father also died on that road. Her husband was still living. If I were her I would never let him near that town again!

Whether Patterson's 19 is a true story or not, I will add it to the list of tales I love to tell around the campfire (and during Earth Hour where everyone turns their lights out for an hour. I can't purposefully turn out all the lights without breaking out the ghost stories.)

If you love sitting down and getting a complete tale in one sitting, 19 is a great short story to grab.

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4 comments:

  1. I'm not a huge fan of short stories... But this sounds freaky good!! ;)

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  2. I've never really given short stories a fair shot. Not sure why, because I love The Langoliers.

    I should not have judged the Discworld series by The Color of Magic. Mort was a bit darker and hilarious. Guards! Guards! was just as good. I'm now on the Terry Pratchett bandwagon!

    Also, nice job on starting book 5! I'm still have some prioritization issues...

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  3. I'll have to give this a try, but quite honestly, that other story about the men having heart attacks on the same road would make a great story.

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  4. Yeah... maybe I should have kept that story for myself... LOL. Pretty freaky.

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