AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  David Humphrey Sr, iPatricia Hilliard, iJanet Caldwell, iArmineh Ohanian, iAlfred Schwab, iM.D. Wiselka, iLonnie Hicks, i

  Home > Literary Fiction > Books Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Valerie R Byron

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Books
· Stories
· 5 Titles
· Add to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Feb, 2012

Valerie R Byron, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
The Wolf's Torment
by S Cardin

In this spine-tingling novel, the crown prince of Moldavia must fight demons that haunt his family and his country when a werewolf bites his best friend...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
Deadlight
by Lasher Lane

Henry, the haunted narrator struggles with his sanity, wondering if his friend's fatal bet was a stunt for attention or an escape through suicide, and if the towering Pal..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members



The Man Who Lost His Genius and Other Stories
by Valerie R Byron   

Share this with your friends on FaceBook
Books by Valerie R Byron
· No Ordinary Woman
· Surprisingly Short Stories
· Lola
                >> View all

Category: 

Literary Fiction

Publisher:  CreateSpace ISBN-10:  1467924865 Type: 
Pages: 

160

Copyright:  November 8, 2011 ISBN-13:  9781467924863
Fiction

See larger image

Eleven short stories of varying genres - from fantasy to romance - from psychological drama to social injustice.

Amazon
Amazon
The Man Who Lost His Genius & Other Stories

An anthology of eleven short stories, including:

The Man Who Lost His Genius

The Sponge -  a fantasy

House of my Dreams

Blindsided by Love

Lola - a Story of the West

The Cedars

Prelude to Life

No Choice

The Lover

The Ghost Club

The Copper Coal Scuttle


Excerpt

From "The Cedars"


Vague, resentful thoughts battered Stephen Houghton's mind as he watched his wife eating her breakfast. Tension and exasperation mounted inside him, flushing his face until he could feel the blood pounding in his temples. I'm past fifty. Worked like a slave all my life. Successful, damned successful, plenty of money now. What do I get for it all? A man wants companionship, a bit of fun before it's too late. Someone who'd appreciate what was given to them. Some attractive woman, young, lively, experienced, who'd play my game the way I want it played. Instead, I . . .

She cut the toast up into small pieces, spreading each with the minimum of butter. She scraped the butter well into the toast and the knife's rasping noise grated in his ears, yet he could not take away his attention. Each time she took any butter up on her knife, she made a multitude of pecking motions with the end of the knife on her plate. Scrape, scrape, scratch, scratch – ten or fifteen scrapes on her plate where the butter had been. The same with her marmalade. She drank her coffee with exaggerated delicacy. Long before her cup touched her lips, her mouth was pursed up, ready to receive the liquid with the utmost refinement, her pinky finger raised. Her tidiness of dress only emphasized her complete lack of all physical attraction.

She wiped her mouth carefully before speaking. "I'm having lunch with Sheila Kenyon today. We're going to meet at Rochester's and have lunch in their restaurant. So cosy there, and the girls are always so attentive. I wonder what I ought to wear. I think my brown coat would be best, don't you? It's just come back from the cleaners. Or do you think my blue one would be better? Then I could wear my new hat with it. Except, of course, I don't want to appear too smart. I don’t think Sheila's husband has very much money, do you? She never seems to have any new clothes. What would you do, Stephen?"

Stephen Houghton looked at his wife with cold eyes and said nothing, for he did not trust himself to speak. The faint presence of a phantom suggestion flickered in the recesses of his mind, and was gone. Day after day, year after year, fatuous banalities poured from her lips. What did he think? What should she do? Should she walk or take a cab? Was it going to rain? Where had she left her scarf? Would it be dark? He knew how frightened she was of the dark. And so on and so forth. This was his life.



Professional Reviews

Stories for everyone
Story telling is a talent that some are born with, some learn it as others learn how to walk or read, and you have perfected this gift. In the first story, "The Man Who Lost His Genius" you have surpassed yourself. This is a fast-moving, witty and intelligent piece. You described the music perfectly, I could almost hear the notes as I imagined the pianist at his piano. I had expected a "Faust" type ending, and you really had me fooled with the doctor's comment on about the story "making no sense" (or something similar) and I didn't expect the delightful and surprising ending you presented us with.

All of the stories are unique but beautifully told. My favorites were "Lola" and "No Choice" - vastly different, but expertly written. The "Copper Coal Scuttle" is an old-fashioned delight - for parents and children alike. And "The Lover" - well, that is your own story, and an amazing one at that.

I highly recommend this collection of stories as a "must read".


Writer, Reader, Pumpkin Eater
This is a cleverly written, carefully told tale that has pitch-perfect setting and language. The reader is carefully set onto a quickly building path that has an unexpected end - but is quite satisfying.

I highly recommend this little piece and stand ready for anything else Ms. Byron may choose to pen.


Exquisite
Not since reading The Pacific and Other Stories by Mark Helprin in 2007 have I been so charmed and captivated by the breadth of subject matter and the unique power of an author's voice. Ms. Byron sits the reader down in a comfortable chair and then begins her magic. Bolstered by the surety of a seasoned storyteller, we begin a trip around the world, covering a vast range of territory and as many eras as the reader could ask for. Each of these little masterpieces is absolutely authentic in its narrative and dialogue...not an easy task, even for the best short story writer. Had I to pick a favorite--what a choice to have to make--I would have to give a nod to "Lola", a story that astounded me by its sheer excellence. But they are each and every one jewels in the crown of an emerging master. On a scale of one to ten, I give this collection a fifteen.


Want to review or comment on this book?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!





Featured Book
Epic Tails 2
by Tygo Lee

A Modern Epic Classic! When chivalry was a virtue…..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
Charley Sunday's Texas Outfit!
by Stephen Lodge

In a day and age where reliance on cellphones, computers, cable and fast food is essential, how many people actually have the chance to step back in time to experience a ..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members




Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.