Sunday, July 28, 2013

"Selected Short Stories featuring Cinderella Shoes" by Nicolas Wilson

Selected Short Stories
featuring Cinderella Shoes
by Nicolas Wilson

Cinderella Shoes contains 15 short stories, including the titular story.
Stiletto: An exotic dancer struggles to make a living after encountering a murder-in-progress on the job.
Cast: The world is increasingly run by robots, which grow increasingly human.
Analog: An ex-Air Force pilot subsists after a weapon disables all modern technology.
Weakness: Sergeant Ruocco hanged himself.
My Beloved's Eyes: We leave pieces of ourselves with our loved ones- sometimes literally.
Reformatory: A juvenile delinquent and her roommate mature in the aftermath of a devastating assault.
Capricorn: A man wrecks his life and chases fairy tales, while dealing with his young daughter's impending illness.
Behav: Future terrorists recruit a past terrorist.
Death Echoes: A detective communes with the dead to close their unsolved cases.
Traveled Time: A man examines his life and choices, with the advent of time travel.
Genetic Memory: A dog confronts his owner after gaining the ability to speak and reason.
Darling, Wendy, M.A.: A girl saves her brothers from their abusive father by masquerading as a gang leader. From a 2009 series of shorts reexamining classic heroines.
Eponine: Following her near-death in the streets of Paris, a young woman witnesses the birth of feminism and the industrialization of Europe. From a 2009 series of shorts reexamining classic heroines.
Dorothy: Her fantasy was undoubtedly much happier than the reality of her injuries. From a 2009 series of shorts reexamining classic heroines.
Cinderella Shoes: A man discovers a new side of himself after acquiring women's clothing.

It's strange to think that once upon a time not that many years ago, I didn't care very much for short fiction. I always felt like the ride was over just before it got to start whenever I read a short story. Intervening years have shown me the error of my ways and that in my short-sightedness (no pun intended), I was missing out of some of the best literature by avoiding this format.
Enter Nic Wilson and his Selected Short Stories featuring Cinderella Shoes (try saying that three times fast!). All jokes aside, this collection of short stories from Wilson's literary vault shows just how talented a writer he is. His ability to enthrall readers with compelling tales ranging from a stripper's brush with a sadistic killer with a shoe fetish to a talking dog who could lecture the Surgeon General on genetics is quite remarkable. Each story in this collection makes you think, feel, laugh, or even cry. Tales such as the very emotional "Capricorn" makes this collection a cut above similar works.
I have no idea if the stories in this book were republished elsewhere. But it's great to see such terrific fiction available for the masses. If you're a fan of short stories or just plain good storytelling, then I highly recommend you check out this collection. You won't be disappointed.

About the Author
Nicolas Wilson is a published journalist, graphic novelist, and novelist. He lives in the rainy wastes of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two cats and a dog.
Nic has written eight novels: Whores: not intended to be a factual account of the gender war, and Dag are currently available for eReader and will soon be available in paperback; Nexus, The Necromancer's Gambit, Banksters, Homeless, The Singularity, and Lunacy are all due for publication in the next two years. Nic has also written several short story collections.
Nic's work spans a variety of genres, from political thriller to science fiction and urban fantasy.
For information on Nic's books, and behind-the-scenes looks at his writing, visit Nic's website. Sign up for his mailing list to receive a free novella, Dogs of War.


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