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Telling Really Tall Tales by Angel Berry

Telling Really Tall Tales

by Angel Berry

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Neat little anthology. Seems to be about the choices we make, good or bad, and what comes of it. Some stories are interesting; Lactrodectus was my favorite. I like that the protagonist and antagonist were insects, which made me excited for what was to come but it was all plain ol' boring humans after that. A few stories were messed up like Back When; poor kids. The poems weren't for me and the book was a bit bland.

Oh, and I almost forgot, never messed with a Djinn! ( Good story, would've been better if it had more depth.) ( )
  rebel_duck | Jun 23, 2017 |
I received the "LACTRODECTUS" story as part of a giveaway. It was very cleverly written and was a great, quick read--and when I was finished with this short story, I wanted more from this universe.

The hero of this story is a cockroach who saves his human's life by killing a black widow hybrid (she was trying to lay eggs with the human, Dave). Latrodectus itself is another word for widow spiders. As someone who absolutely hates bugs with a passion, I almost put the book down when I realized Mr. Roach was in fact a roach...thank God I didn't! The story is beautifully developed, I really do recommend it.

I look forward to reading the rest of the short stories! ( )
  Nain123 | Dec 26, 2016 |
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A humorous, sometimes too realistic collection of poems and short tales that revolve around varying characters including treacherous Jinn that grant wishes from behind the huge wings of mythological birds, thuggish cockroaches, mafia drug dealers, and wicked gypsies who perform curses for the desperate.

Telling Really Tall Tales is just that -- a mixing together of tales that mirror everyday life with unrealistic tall tales that humor the mature mind. Stories range from mild to seductive

Short story "The Humble" included in the 2016 Scythe Prize

There was an old man who fished in the sea
He caught a catch that was as little as could be
The fish said, Oh my God, Oh my God
What mayhem is this?
That this large headed creature catches me with a stick
Throw me back, throw me back
You huge headed beast!
I am way too small for your big, crooked teeth

The old man growled and said to the fish
What have you to do with this stick?
I will throw you back
Once I close your little mouth
Won't have you carrying tales back to a trout
About an old man who sits on a brick
And catches little fish for bait with a stick

For bait? For bait?
Then the little fish understood
That he was now the worm
That sat in his stomach like wood

No, no
No, no, he begged the old man
Let me go and I will find you a big fish that stands
And he will satisfy your behemoth frying pan

The old man thought and turnt it about
Then said, okay, I will throw you right out
True to his word, he tossed the fish in
And never saw the lying rascal again
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