Da' Neighborhood: A Planned Mob Community
Da' Neighborhood: A Planned Mob Community follows the travails of the Garrafolo family of New Jersey and their influence in planning a community filthy with nefarious activity. Don Vito and his son Guido are the central characters in a story that is awash with mob activity. Come check out da' neighborhood at your own risk!
Cattle Nomads Of The Indian Desert
About nomads in Rajasthan who have grazed cattle on a large scale since early history. With a pastoral culture from the west in Asia, that partly differed from the culture of the settled Hindus of the Indian subcontinent. Tan Dan's forefathers were a part of that nomadic culture, to which also ox caravan traders belonged and small groups with other professions. About nomads in Rajasthan who have grazed cattle on a large scale since early history. With a pastoral culture from the west in Asia, that partly differed from the culture of the settled Hindus of the Indian subcontinent. Tan Dan's forefathers were a part of that nomadic culture, to which also ox caravan traders belonged and small groups with other professions. Before trains and trucks, timely transport by pack ox caravans could be a life and death matter for regions facing food shortage due to drought in monsoonal India. Some livestock nomads knew how to transport foodgrain across desert areas on the back of thousands of ca
Requiem: Cloud of thoughts that rained ink unto paper.
Requiem is a book about the life in Egypt. A compilation of short stories and articles about people who abuse religion, women and principles for their own benefit. A compilation of short stories and articles about the life in Egypt. How religion is abused for political benefits? How many women are mistreated because of religious miscomprehension? And how some people would end up using your goodness for their sake? The new grounds for the fight between enlightenment and shadow is here. Enlightened Egypt always won but will it be the time for Requiem to be played?
Non-Birthday Short Short Story
short story about a geeky computer guy whose cat gives him the right message
In the 1970s Baya and other children in the Rajasthan desert region worked as sweepers at houses, where they were treated as untouchables. Although outsiders kept away from them, they enjoyed each others company, being good friends. Feudal attitudes influenced the life of all the sweeper families. The book also deals with death rites, Ganga water rites, Chandals and the meaning of outcasting. In the 1970s Baya and other children in the Rajasthan region, India, worked as sweepers at houses, where they were treated as untouchables. Although outsiders kept away from them, they enjoyed each others company, being good friends. Ageold prejudice and feudal attitudes influenced the life of their families, as they belonged to a caste with sweeping and cleaning toilets as the traditional profession. Exploited and oppressed they had learnt the art of handling other villagers by meekness. They were a small minority with few possibilities to retaliate. The lived among themselves and carried out
Guns: A Gamer's Tale
People are violent, we live with violence, we accept violence in many forms, and we reject it in others. Fred is a teenage boy who is just another American who partakes, and rejects, elements of the violent culture. Except one of these events leaves a former teenage girlfriend dead at his feet. People are violent, we live with violence, we accept violence in many forms, and we reject it in others. Fred is a teenage boy who is just another American who partakes, and rejects, elements of the violent culture. Except one of these events leaves a former teenage girlfriend dead at his feet.What Fred wants is to be left alone, and stop having others judge him for what they do not understand. Is that so much to ask? His step-father does not think so, and neither does his mother. They are his keepers, and of course they know best. Fred knows his family is messed up, but what can he do about except put his head down and wait it out until he is old enough to leave home, and finally be free to
For the first time in English, new writers from Mozambique describe what love and relationships can be like in their culture. What happens to Makalanjombo, whose name means "unlucky in love"? For the first time in English, new writers from Mozambique describe what love and relationships can be like in their culture. What happens to Makalanjombo, whose name means "unlucky in love"? Matusse insults his mother-in-law . . . Chicambanyane goes to work in South Africa . . . Rungo falls in love with one of his own students . . . Randziwane ends up with two wives . . . Mozambique is a Portuguese-speaking country, crash-landing into the modern world. These stories come from real life, and were written in English to reach a wider audience. They explore how the old and the new co-exist in a modern African country. "True Stories" is the first in a series by the group "Mozambican Writers." More to come!
Short story. A man returns to the aboriginal community where he first learned the indigenous legend of the mermaids.
A young boy growing up in Kansas City's West Side in the 1980s meets the mysterious creature known as La Tutayegua.
In Over Her Head
In Over Her Head is a coming of age story about a young composer who stumbles into a world of dazzling artistic misfits and becomes trapped in their schemes. It was inspired by the farces of Voltaire, Pynchon, and Rushdie, the speculative fiction of Atwood, and the surrealism of Murakami. The debut of Penny Bell's's musical composition, featuring the use of mysterious extremely low frequency waves takes a tragic turn when several concert-goers die in their seats during the performance. The once-bright horizons of Penny's career collapse, and she retreats to a dank Soho basement apartment lit only by the glow of computer monitors and electronic displays. There, using herself as a guinea pig, she sets out to unlock the secrets of her beautiful and deadly symphonies. A series of strange coincidences intrude upon her solitary quest. Her neighbor, the erotic performance artist Ula Nova's, disappears after her studio is broken into. And then Ula's charming and damaged young choreographer
Glorious Goodwood Road
Sara Yvonne Appleton-Adams
Olivia is a teenager who tells her own story about her battle to fit into a culture, a society. She learns the nature of a well kept secret and her life is left in turmoil. Will she accept the fate that has shaped her life or will she fight to learn the truth about her own identity? Glorious Goodwood Road is based on true events witnessed by me, the author, and my family one morning shortly after the school run. In a popular area of Leicester, a City famed for its ethnically diverse culture, in the heart of England. We saw a lone child dancing and singing around a lamppost on Oliver Road. She had already attracted the attention of the watchful neighbours. When we phoned the police, they confirmed one of the neighbours’ had already alerted them and Social Services had been informed. The police suspected that the child had been abandoned. The story is told through Olivia a fictitious character, now a teenager who feels constantly at odds with herself and the environment that she has
A Room in the House of the Ancestors
Computer industry whizkid Edward returns to the home of the family that rejected him at birth, or so he believes. After Edward’s brother Andrew reaches out to befriend him, the two men forge a friendship. Edward soon discovers that his birth family is very different from his adopted father’s paranoid delusion. His family discovers that Edward is far more damaged than they could ever have known. Computer industry whizkid Edward returns to the home of the family that rejected him at birth – or so he believes. His adopted father has taught Edward that his own family abandoned him, only to become jealous and resentful of his business success. After Edward’s brother Andrew reaches out to befriend him, the two men forge a friendship based on a shared dream – a sentient computer system that promises to greatly improve the world. Edward soon discovers that his birth family is very different from his adopted father’s paranoid delusion. And his family finds that Edward is far more damaged th
Scenes from the Petting Zoo
Various stories told by exotic dancers, gathered over several years of strip club patronage in numerous states in the USA and Canada, along with authors' narrative. Contains adult language about sexual subjects. An informal collection of stories from exotic dancers, aka strippers, about their profession and their lives and lifestyle. Also includes authors narrative about his experiences in strip clubs and his reactions to, and thoughts about those experiences.May be of interest to anyone who is considering the profession or may be curious about the experiences and lifestyle of exotic dancers.The state of relations between men and women, the battle of the sexes, is a sub-theme.
The Body Coat
The Body Coat is a fantasy-realist novel, set in a changing Ireland fraught with unwanted pregnancies, religious scandals and revelations of family abuse. Jacqui Byrnes has been a victim and also carries a deep guilt. Defiantly beautiful, she is again abused by her husband and chooses a strange method of escape, offered by a town in which, as always, she's a natural outsider. But what's real? This is a story set in 1990s Ireland by well-known Irish poet, Maighread Medbh, who is the author of five published poetry collections and a literary study of solitude, Savage Solitude: Reflections of a Reluctant Loner.The Body Coat is a novel in the fantasy realist genre, combining prostitution, murder, family abuse and community hysteria with New Age philosophies and traditional beliefs. The main character, Jacqui Byrnes, is trying to believe that she can set up a normal family life in a new town. Victim of an abusive childhood, she finds herself again exploited by her husband. Is it despera
On Wings of Song
Two choirs, run by former friends now bitter rivals, are compelled to co-operate, leading to involvement with the murder of a Russian businessman and discovery of a mistake as the original cause of the leaders' quarrel. The church choirs of St. Cyril's and St. Cyprian's are run by former friends, now bitter rivals since their school days. Forced by a threatened clash of performance dates to co-ordinate arrangements, they are induced to co-operate more closely by an offer of sponsorship from a local business. Their first joint engagement at the home of an émigré Russian oligarch gains not entirely unwelcome publicity from the murder of their host during the evening. A later joint performance, with an orchestra supported by their own sponsor's American counterpart, leads to a discovery ending the quarrel between the two choir leaders.
Beyond the Crossing
In 'Beyond the Crossing', Liz and her partner Martin, lived together in Melbourne in the early 1970s. Nearly everyone was attending antiwar protests and smoking dope in dimly lit folk clubs. They found they had inadvertently joined the rat race and decided to move to outback Australia and work in an Aboriginal community. It changes their lives forever. Lorraine Watts, author, is passionate about the regional, rural, and remote parts of Australia and the people who live there. She has lived in capital cities too, but it is the outback of Australia that captures her heart and provides much of the raw material for her writing. In this short story, Beyond the Crossing, two of the main characters, Liz and Martin, met and started their lives together in 1972 in Melbourne. This was a time when it seemed that nearly everyone was attending anti- Vietnam war protests, and smoking dope in dimly lit folk clubs in city basements. Liz and Martin, along with thousands of other young people, saw a
Cherry Blossoms and The Delta Cotton - written by Jimi Massey and Marty Denton
this poem is about the Japanese American internment camp in Rhower, Arkansas during WWII. It is about the innocense of youth that helps the healing bridge of differing opinion.
J. Lewis Celeste
"Gettin Paid" transports readers to a world of crime and choice through the eyes of street thug Nat Turner. Through his life of crime, from department store rushing to stickups to drug spot hits, the story provides a glimpse of a world many live, and more choose to ignore. Whether you are a cashier, a dope pusher, or a bank robber, life comes down to choice. So choose right. "Gettin Paid" transports readers to a world of crime and choice through the eyes of the main character, street thug Nat Turner. Turner narrates his life of crime, from department store rushing to stickups to drug spot hits, the story provides a glimpse of a world many live, and more choose to ignore. The story incorporates two separate dialects- one "street", the other "academic". Everyone has a chance in life- what choices do you make? How will these choices impact one's own life? A suburban youth takes a hit off a joint. A soccer mom pockets a Maybelline eyeliner. A seventeen year old dropout at the end of hi
Worlds collide at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, one chill, rainy night in Aberdeen.
Myths & Dissolutions
Parisian teenager Jay-zee rolls out his day flying off dream tricks at the skate-park. When hunger ends his session he finds himself travelling to a party, but this party doesn’t end like most. Jay-zee’s world is turned into a nightmare of uncertainty. Crusading he must go, to spread his word, his view for the world. To try and stop the world bleeding. To try and make it all worthwhile. Let me take you on an afternoon trip to Paris, where Jay-zee and his crew roll the streets, trying to comprehend the urban world around them. Jay-zee, a teenager living in the fifth ward, rolls out his days with a joint here and there, rapping out social commentary as he flies off dream-tricks at the skate-park. The day flies as they try to stay in one piece in their playground while the world drifts by. When hunger rolls their session to an end Jay-zee finds himself travelling to a party, but this party doesn’t end like most. Jay-zee’s world is turned into a nightmare of uncertainty for his future.
At some point in the continuum of life comes the realization that one is indeed mortal. The phrase, “today is the first day of the rest of your life”, slowly becomes more poignant. Finally, the concept of one’s days being numbered becomes a constant companion. This story relates an experience of a man caught up in the end-game. At some point in the continuum of life comes the realization that one is indeed mortal. The phrase, “today is the first day of the rest of your life”, slowly becomes more poignant. Finally, the concept of one’s days being numbered becomes a constant companion. This story relates an experience of a man caught up in the end-game. Present day demographics would suggest that a number of readers would have more than a passing interest.William Gardner is proving himself to be a wordsmith of some note. THE QUESTIONER is an easy read with bountiful and beautifully manicured dialogue. He is also the author of the well-received fictional novella, A TALE OF TWO LEGACIE
Jeffrey N. Baker
A young girl, blessed by the Haru-Dori, fights to save her village from the dreaded Tempest. The village is spared, but the young girl lay dying. Her Daruma doll, filled with life, sets off to find someone to save his lady. "That following morning, Tempest, a maleficent typhoon, roared in the east. His hatred for all mankind and their creations burned within him. He thundered across the sky, racing toward Yakushima-destruction set in his heart. Frightened, the villagers hid within their homes, shuttered their windows, and huddled together. But Hiroko was not afraid. Battling the thrashing wind, Hiroko fought to reach the shore of the island. She offered a soothing song to assuage Tempest’s fury. But he was unmoved. Calling up a tremendous wave, he swept across Yakushima. " -- Excerpt from "Hiroko's Tale" A young girl, blessed by the Haru-Dori, fights to save her village from the dreaded Tempest. The village is spared, but the young girl lay dying. Her Daruma doll, filled with life,
Tails of Low I.Q. (Flop Fiction)
Tails of low I.Q. with vibrant Indian backdrop. My earlier ‘Emotional’ Pichkaris (Holi Water Guns) failed to bring me success, while quite a few people on that unusual track easily achieved success. So, I have turned to low I.Q. & started my journey from a new perspective. My pseudonym is “Sixth Pandav” because I relate to (& share my name) with Karan from epic Mahabharata...a Rebel in true sense. “Waaaaaaaaaaah (Wooooooooooow) Taj!” is a common quote said by most tourists while witnessing the beauty of Taj Mahal. There must be something in India that makes it the center of attention. Housing 28 states and 7 Union Territories, India is the most diverse country in the world. Every corner of this vibrant country contains a mixture of its share of architecture, regional culture, and crazy issues resulting in mind fracture. This book contains stories cooked with a ‘Desi – Tadka’, sprinkled with Indian Masala.I have written many of these stories during my school days and hopefully will
In a city which persecutes the gays, two men of different age-groups attempt to maintain their odd relationship.
Bushmen Stories: Mountains
Jaco de Beer
The Bushmen believe that in the beginning there was only a shadowy darkness all over the world. The sun, moon and stars did not even exist yet. Yet in the Kalahari lived a family with three daughters, the oldest daughter was called “Kou” or Mountains. This story follows on the previous one called Beginning and both were freely translated from the collection of "Boesmanstories" by G.R. von Wielligh Mountains or “Kou” the oldest daughter, lived happily with her husband (the son of Kaggen) and her young daughter in this land of plenty. She never took the necklace off and she was blessed with an abundance of her favourite food which was tortoise meat. There were lots of tortoises in the veld around her hut and she could eat as much tortoise as she wanted to. She became so fond of the tortoise meat that eventually that was all that she did the whole day – to eat tortoise meat. She became very big but like a tortoise also started moving slower. It would take her all day just to catch a t