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Ebook Details
  • 02/2019
  • B07P96V29Q
  • 252 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 02/2019
  • 978-1793378132 1793378134
  • 246 pages
  • $9.99
Hardcover Details
  • 03/2019
  • 978-0359344239 0359344232
  • 252 pages
  • $40.99
Shawn Cooke
Author
A Magnet to a Flame

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

A video store that transports you through time. Immortality from a microwave oven. A trip across the Atlantic, from the comfort of an armchair. From the mind of Shawn Patrick Cooke comes a collection of stories that brush gently against reality. Featuring both previously published works and never-before-seen stories, this debut collection ranges from America's industrial past to a potluck at the end of the world; from windswept moors to suburban homes, from fairy tales to harsh reality—while shining a light on the core of what it means to be human.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Cooke’s short stories effectively stand alone as concept-driven vignettes, while also harmonizing thematically as a collective.

Prose/Style:Cooke offers an observant voice that is situated between cynical and earnest tones, creating an engaging narrative tension.

Originality: The author infuses each story with fresh elements and perspective, as well as voice-driven energy.

Characterization:While working in short form, Cooke impressively leaves readers with clear and lingering impressions of his characters.

Blurb:Blending ingredients of the preternatural and absurd with centering emotional resonance, Cooke brings crackling energy, poise, and subtlety to his collection of stories.

Date Submitted: April 02, 2019

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 02/2019
  • B07P96V29Q
  • 252 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 02/2019
  • 978-1793378132 1793378134
  • 246 pages
  • $9.99
Hardcover Details
  • 03/2019
  • 978-0359344239 0359344232
  • 252 pages
  • $40.99

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