Welcome to the series where I will be sharing a selection of book reviews I have posted in the last few years. I would like to take the opportunity to showcase books that I have enjoyed and their authors and if you have not read the books, I hope it will encourage you to check them out.
I will be sharing the reviews out of sequence between 2017 – 2020 as some authors have more than one book in the folder…
Today I am sharing my review from 2019 – the second collection of short stories by Hugh W. Roberts – More Glimpses
About More Glimpses
Do you believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden? Or know the real truth about what lurks inside every mobile phone? Would you steal items from a blind person, or send your neighbours on a time travelling adventure fraught with danger and menace to save the human race from a bug? How about staying in a sleepy village where many murders have taken place or coming to the aid of royalty while out shopping?
‘More Glimpses’ gives the reader an opportunity to take a peek into the lives of normal, everyday people whose lives are all on a path full of twists, turns and unexpected endings. However, it’s not only about the humans; nothing escapes the extraordinary journeys Hugh has planned for you. If you are a lover of shows such as ‘Black Mirror’ or ‘The Twilight Zone’ then you’re in for another exciting trip in this second collection from Hugh. Come and meet the characters who had no idea their lives were about to be turned upside-down. Enjoy the ride!
Here is the story line-up to give you an idea of what you are getting yourself into!!
- The Whistle: Drama – Set in war-torn France in 1918, a soldier reflects on his life while he waits for the sound of the whistle.
- Upside-Down and Inside-Out : Fantasy – Prudence Pebblebottom doesn’t believe her mother has agoraphobia and ends up giving her a heart attack when forcing her to go outside.
- Baby Talk: Comedy – A conversation a seven-month-old baby overhears its mother having with a shop assistant has it screaming the place down.
- The Bag Lady: Science Fiction – On a time travelling mission to the year 1999, three elderly ladies from the year 1961 find themselves in grave danger when pursued by another time traveller.
- The Tunnel: Action/Adventure – Filled with hazards and situations that can kill, a life-changing prize awaits all who enter the tunnel, with whoever gets to the prize first having the greater chance of coming out alive.
- Tiny People: Horror – All over the world, mobile phones have been catching fire. Max Cumberland thinks he has the answer as to why it’s happening.
- Murder in Evershot: Murder/Mystery -Set in the sleepy, English village of Evershot, John, Toby, Austin, and Hugh find themselves in grave danger when several murders take place.
- Floral Hall : Paranormal -Boarded up and unused for many years, Floral Hall was once a place full of music, love, and laughter. Tim, a young boy out for a walk with his mother and grandmother, thinks he can hear music and laughter coming from the old building.
- The Right Choice : Science Fiction -With the choice of facing the killer bees or the old ruins for a one-million-pounds prize, two game show contestants have only twenty seconds to make the right choice.
- Knock, Knock: Horror – A prankster plays ‘knock, knock’ on the front door of a house. Inside, a ‘home-alone’ young girl, Angela, and her younger sister are terrified when the prankster threatens to kill them.
- Fast Forward: Science Fiction – Fascinated by the hidden feature on his new smartwatch, Brad gets the chance to time travel. As he travels forward, he doesn’t like all that he witnesses and decides that it is time to travel back to the present.
- The Jump: Horror – Jane has murder on her mind and gives her husband, who suffers from vertigo, a parachute jump for his 50th birthday. Jumping out of the plane first, she gets a shock when landing on her island paradise where she thinks her lover is waiting for her.
- Big Brother : Science Fiction – Have you ever wondered why files and photographs suddenly go missing from your computer, tablet or phone? Big Brother has the answer.
- Tap: Horror – At a car boot sale, two teenagers do the unthinkable and steal items off the stall belonging to a blind man.
- Harvest Festival : Science Fiction – Harvest festival – a time of celebration and thanks for what has been provided to get us all through the upcoming long, hard winter. It should never be the time of nightmares, should it?
- The Hole : Horror – Why do the same two dogs visit the garden of Elizabeth Jones every day and sniff at the same area?
- Easter Bunny Cake : Horror – For centuries, the Easter Bunny has been trying to find a way to punish naughty humans.
- Double Eighteen- Rom-Com – Quentin has a brand-new girlfriend, Maureen, and he’s determined to win them a romantic weekend for two in Paris, at the local pub’s darts competition.
- The Man In The Television : Horror -Unaware of what is in the room with them, a family watching a popular Saturday evening television show have no idea what is really happening in front of them.
- Dream Catcher : Horror How often are we told to follow our dreams? And what happens if we actually catch one?
- One-Hundred : Science-Fiction – If something wanted to kill off most of humanity, what would be the most unlikely weapon it could use?
- When The Tide Turns : Horror On a day out, three young men discover a beautiful, deserted beach. However, despite a warning from an old man not to venture onto the sand, they take no notice, resulting in horrifying consequences for all of them.
- Honeymoon: Rom-Com – Having just got married, it’s the night of the honeymoon for Sylvia and Marty. Marty is eager to get things started, but Sylvia has something else on her mind.
- The Truth About Waiting Rooms : Horror – Like or loath them, waiting rooms are everywhere, and we all find ourselves in them at some stages of our lives. Next time you find yourself in one, take a closer look at what’s around you. You may be surprised at what you’ll find.
- The Chair : Horror – Agatha Burnell’s favourite lumpy chair has been her saviour. But what secrets does it hold?
- Royal Shopping : Comedy – A light-hearted look at what happens when the Queen goes shopping, finds a bargain, and doesn’t seem to have the right change in her purse.
- Revenge: Comedy – There you are, not looking your best, and your ex-partner walks past with their new partner. How would you feel?
- The Door: Paranormal – If somebody was calling for help from the other side of an old, scruffy looking door, would you go to their aid, or would you simply walk away?
- The Wedding Bouquet: Drama – As a bride gets ready to throw her wedding bouquet to the eagerly waiting hands of her wedding guests, she asks the photographer to film the event. Will true love find the person who catches her wedding bouquet?
- Fairies At The Bottom Of The Garden: Fantasy – Do fairies really exist? Roger Young, a cheating, lying, husband and father, is in for a colourful shock when he visits the greenhouse at the bottom of his garden.
- Walking Into The Future : Drama – John Anderson has a dream of being able to walk into the future and finding out what awaits him. After completing the short journey, it’s the journey back to his present that exposes a shocking truth.
- Where To Now? : Science-Fiction – On the dying planet of Orion, the frightening events of what happened to all its inhabitants are revealed. Can what happened be stopped, before it spreads to other worlds?
My review of More Glimpses 29th March 2019
Reading More Glimpses is like dipping into your favourite box of chocolates. We all have different tastes and some like the dark chocolate and others the milk. Some of us prefer toffee and others soft centres but you can guarantee that the box ends up empty.
There is a mix of genres to suit all tastes in More Glimpses with Science Fiction, Drama, Horror, Rom-Com, Fantasy and Comedy. All have a twist at the end that leaves you with something extra to think about, especially in relation to human behaviour. Some of the stories challenge our stereotyping of those we have not met, and others offer an opportunity to understand the actions of others a little better. The horror stories do a good job in scaring you into looking at everyday items and technology in a new light, not always favourable.
If I was to highlight some of the stories that I connected to more than the others it would be the first story The Whistle set in the trenches of World War I, where young men not only faced the terrors or war but the isolation of emotional conflict. The Door will have me looking at letter boxes in a new way.. at a distance! And Tap left me with a satisfied sense of retribution.
I am sure whatever your preference of genre you will enjoy all the stories and dip in and out and find your own favourites.
Also by Hugh W. Roberts
About Hugh W. Roberts
My name is Hugh. I live in the city of Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.
I’m a passionate blogger and have been blogging since February 2014. My blog covers a wide range of subjects, the most popular of which are my posts on blogging tips. I’ve learned a lot about the world of blogging since I first discovered it. All of the tips and advice I give are free of charge and will cost you nothing apart from, maybe, a little bit of your time.
I have always enjoyed writing, and the fact I suffer from a mild form of dyslexia has not stopped me from enjoying the passion I have for writing.
Now in my fifties, I thought it about time I let my writing become public. Becoming a blogger seemed to be the perfect way for me to do this. Blogging has put me in touch with hundreds of other writers, many of whom have been supportive and helped me with my writing.
I lead a happy life and always try to stay positive. I share my life with John, my wonderful civil partner, and our two Welsh Cardigan Corgis, Toby and Austin.
I write about life because I find it so fascinating. I have many stories to tell, some of which I have started to put into a book. I think my life has been incredible and I want to share it with anyone who wants to listen. I am also an excellent listener, and I love to be interactive with other people. I guess you could say I am a ‘people person’.
You will find some of my short stories and flash fiction on my blog, and I hope you enjoy reading them. Flash Fiction has become a big part of my writing, and I enjoy participating in various writing challenges.
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to buy Hugh’s collections.. thanks Sally.