Rachel A. Frias entertains the reader with a unique collection of 24 fiction, short stories. To alleviate a persistent thought, the reader might want to open this book and read through an exclusive short story, which could trigger mindless fantasies, actions or thoughts that are omitted in a routine life style.
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"Straight Up" & "Spice Up" by Rachel A. Frias
These themes are characterized by:
Ignoring a hurting body, being in fashion, super human machines, parent love, perfect synchronization of music and crime schedules, martial arts surprise, consumer trust at restaurants, weapons in the civilian world, power of an Alcoholic Anonymous agent, family trees, the paranoia of reputable scientists, Fermis Paradox, automobile insurance abuses, testing of care products on animals, where anti-Semitism has one of many roots, in addition some other themes in “Spice Up” by Rachel Frias are an obsession with obesity, not fitting in as a tourist, school’s administration’s despair to meet standards, chat misunderstandings, desperate for tax money and also, missing part of childhood.
“Spice Up” uses themes that can be summarized into:
Male vanity, stress at work, parent’s love, automotive crime, sports, hostelry, robbery, AA, progeny, scientific curiosities, anti-Semitism, foreign obesity, administration plans, taxes and student’s home life.
By including a bit of actuality and surrounding these bare bone issues with a plush environment, the author of “Spice Up”, Rachel Frias, brings fiction to life through story and conversation. Each of the 21 stories in “Spice Up” is unique and contains at least one element of surprise as one reads the daring writer’s composition -take for instance the short story titled, “Noah’s Cell” -where the interpretation of Noah’s old wooden boat tale, is taken to the extravagant clarification of being a human cell, that carries the genetic code to form all animals on Earth, if the process of development is stopped at different times. Fermi’s Paradox relays the unattainable space odyssey –that of leaving Earth.
To illustrate further the novelty of these twenty one short stories in “Spice Up” by Rachel Frias, check that such a modern topic as Tax fraud by Mr. Meredyth –as a character, takes advantage of Bernie who spreads the word on how to become fraudulent.
Passing the summer gazebo and walking into the woods, Abbey and Zack came upon a hole in the ground, about six feet deep and vertical. This hole woke Abbey and Zack’s curiosity; it was narrow at the bottom, only wide enough to fit, for example, one or two human legs. The hole then widened all of a sudden to a girth of two or three feet as it got nearer the top. The surroundings smelled like fresh, wet earth, and the dirt was well packed.
“What do you think this hole is about?” Abbey asked Zack, looking down at the hole, watching a worm smell the air as it wriggled next to a broken root.
Her best friend jokingly answered, “It is to put in fat students from Bard College so they cannot move and learn not to eat.” He smiled at her questioning face, adding, “Maybe they were buried up to their necks and just fed water.”
“Like, yeah… If that was true they would lose weight. I could stand to lose about ten pounds.”
“Oh, you’re fine,” said Zack. “Just don’t eat much. You know, like all that you should have had for breakfast was the one pastry and coffee. Not the supersized bagel and lox plus juice and coffee,” he exclaimed casually, in his faggoty, lispy voice.
“Hum, the students really could lose weight in the hole. Do you really think it’s for that?” Abbey said, diverting the conversation off her eating habits and remembering her kitchen dream.
“From the moment a student is placed in a hole to lose weight, the student is considered a ‘thing’!” explained Zack.
“What do you mean, a ‘thing’?” Abbey immediately asked.
“Hum, you don’t know about this? Well, my dear,” Zack said, walking around the hole, looking at her and pointing to it. “Once a student is in the hole, someone has to take care of the student, so the student becomes a ‘thing’. You know, one has got to take care of things…”