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Ms Ito's Bird & Other Stories (edition 2012)

by Chris Ward

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Title:Ms Ito's Bird & Other Stories
Authors:Chris Ward
Info:AMMFA Publishing (2012), Edition: 2, Kindle Edition, 147 pages

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Ms Ito's Bird & Other Stories by Chris Ward

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Ms Ito is a very peculiar teacher. She looks like a witch, with her wild hair and weird, uneven legs. And she has this bird which croaks in an alarming manner and keeps everyone awake. So three of the boys decide to investigate Ms Ito’s bird – maybe even set it free.
This is the first in a collection of ten short stories, all exquisitely-written, in a variety of genres - sometimes in more than one genre at the same time. Joyriders, for example, could be classified as both science fiction and horror.
Benny’s Harem is a probably horror, but is very reminiscent of M R James’ ghost stories.
Ageless is one of my favourites, set in a future dystopia where you don’t have to grow old, but at what price?
Installing Mother is another great one – you just know it’s going to be a bad idea but they do it anyway.
Forever My Baby is utterly chilling.
Tube Riders and Going Underground are little tastes of Mr Ward’s gripping Tube Rider series.
Cold Pools is another dystopian nightmare, but also a poignant love story; and Saving the Day takes us to a world where people will pay good money to be heroes, which is fine as long as you’re not the person waiting to be rescued.

Chris Ward is a master of the short story form. His stories are very well-written with unusual and perfectly-paced plots, and this anthology is well worth reading in its own right, but it is also an opportunity to get a taste for Chris Ward’s novels. It is a taste which is very easy to acquire. ( )
  jennytwist | Dec 20, 2012 |
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The teachers' block at Thunder Crack High School was strictly off-limits. But when the bird kept by the monstrous Ms Ito began to effect the students' study, three brave boys hatched a plan to free it. But would they be able to outwit the dangerous Ms Ito, she of the wild hair and the brutal roundhouse chop? Would they be able to get past the ninja sentry and into the teachers' block? And was what they would find even a bird at all?

Previously published in Weird Tales 352 (Dec 2008), Ms Ito's Bird is the lead story in a collection that veers from comic fantasy through dark sci-fi horror, action adventure and back again. Elsewhere we will find a car that doesn't like to be stolen, a jealous painting, and a mother-in-law who refuses to stop interfering, even after death.

Nine of the ten stories in this collection have been previously published in various magazines including Weird Tales, Afterburn SF and Dark Recesses Press.

A proud and noble Cornishman (and to a lesser extent British), Chris Ward ran off to live and work in Japan back in 2004. There he got married, got a decent job, and got a cat. He remains pure to his Cornish/British roots while enjoying the inspiration of living in a foreign country.

He is the author of 33 published stories (the same number as his age) and the forthcoming novel, The Tube Riders
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