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The Lauren Tree is about a man who uses sophisticated lies to gain what he wants in life. But one day, the tangled web he weaves transports him to a world where lying is not permissible, and the consequences of doing so are grave.Animal Stories consists of three tales that center on the way our modern society treats animals, and the consequences of that behavior. The firstThe Lauren Tree is about a man who uses sophisticated lies to gain what he wants in life. But one day, the tangled web he weaves transports him to a world where lying is not permissible, and the consequences of doing so are grave.Animal Stories consists of three tales that center on the way our modern society treats animals, and the consequences of that behavior. The first story is about a family who is driving to Yosemite Park and how the attitude of the mother and father toward wildlife alters their trip; the second story is about the relationship between those who have, and those who have not; and the third story is about an animal rights organization and how its passionate philosophy toward all creatures great and small, but not human, affects its surroundings.Fat City deals with the current phenomenon of how people live their lives with regard to diet and exercise, and the consequences of not living as our ancestors once did—laboring hard and earning their daily food.Steel Maiden is the tale of a college youth who befriends a retired Navy frogman. One day, the old man relates an incredible story to the youth about one of the most famous disasters in maritime history, and the astonishing discovery he made about it, which was covered up for decades.The Epiphany of Pain centers on a man who seemingly has it all—comely looks, great health, a wonderful family, and a secure job; however, he is still not satisfied with all that he has, and as he grows restless in search of more pleasures, he experiences a physical pain that soon compels him to hunt for greater Truths.The Vanishing Point concerns a man who is a famous painter, and his wife, who is merely his subordinate-helper; he mistreats her and does not appreciate anything she does for him, yet she stays with him. Then, one day, a terrible malady happens to the man, and he must change his ways to keep his wife and his craft, or lose everything.Ten Chances is the profile of a youth who is emotionally disturbed from birth; he is violent and defiant, and nearly everyone is afraid of him, and when others wish to help him, his parents will not allow it. When the youth becomes a man, he indulges in a crime spree, and still, he is not properly punished. Then, one day, he plans an unthinkable crime—but who will stop him now?...

Title : Spinner of Yarns
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ISBN : 9780988817791
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 170 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Spinner of Yarns Reviews

  • Betty
    2019-06-18 13:19

    A good read, fast, fun and well written.

  • Holly Newhouse
    2019-06-07 16:21

    To start off with I will say that I couldn't really get into the first story but after that, I absolutely loved the rest of the short stories in the book! The stories each held clear messages that were intriguing and offered a different perspective in viewing each of the issues addressed in the stories. The author's stories address issues and characteristics that can be seen by some as taboo in polite speaking society but, one that need to be addressed in today's society none the less. There was minor editing issues in the first story but by far nothing that deterred me from reading and enjoying the stories. I personally put more stock into the content of an author's story than those who like to nit pit over little minor errors to the point where they miss the enjoyment to be had in the author's amazing stories and/or storyline. Even as short stories I could clearly see a great deal of thought and work went into the writing of this amazing book. It was exceptionally well written. The characters and story lines were brilliantly crafted. The messages, I felt, are pertinent to society today and were all very thought provoking. My middle school aged daughter read this book along with me and quickly caught onto the messages conveyed in each story and thought about each one in depth before going on to the next story. Each one had an impact on her that I could clearly see and at the end she also said, "WOW! That really made me see things differently and it was amazing!" There is no higher compliment from her. I am recommending this book to all of my friends and even some of my therapy clients as well! So, If you love amazing short stories that will really have you thinking and will make you see things differently that you might have otherwise, then you really need to read this amazing book! Thank you to the author for sharing his amazing talent and words with the world! This world would be vastly different without all wonderful authors and their amazing displays of creativity and knowledge in it.

  • Riya
    2019-06-03 08:35

    Well. I don't know. I'm not entirely sure how I felt about it. Spinner of Yarns is a collection of short stories without much of a central theme other than that each is a character tale with running social commentary. I mostly liked a few of these stories. Ten Chances was a scathing rebuke of the lack of personal responsibility in our culture, which I enjoyed. And Fat City was spot on in it's description of our overweight world but it had kind of a random weird ending. A lot of people would probably be offended by the story but that only reinforces the point it makes. The Epiphany of Pain gave room for inward reflection and Steel Maiden had a fascinating story line, but like all of the stories in the collection they both suffered from too much narration. So much narration that sometimes I felt lost and couldn't track where the story was going. And the rest , the ones I didn't find very interesting, felt kind of like trudging through shin high sand, hoping the view from the top of the dune is worth it. While the stories in Spinner of Yarns were free of editorial and grammatical issues, they just weren't my kind of thing. Not bad. Just not my thing. And that made it hard to get through the Melville-esque voice that the book is written in. (Although there were also passages that felt a little more like Tolstoy and I did enjoy those). If I rated this book solely on my interest level I would give it two stars, but on its technical merits it deserves at least four.

  • Dawn
    2019-06-06 13:37

    This was a good book with differing stories however it was confusing and a little wordy for me at times making it a little hard to read but once I got going I couldn't put it down because the stories got better as it went. The first stories all have animals so I thought that would be the tie in theme that brought these all together but it wasn't. Then I thought because someone died in them that would be the tie in until I reached the one about the Titanic but that wasn't it so I am still left wondering what holds them together. I didn't really like the first story because the main character was just so evil and I don't normally like to read those kind of stories. I did however like the one about the overweight gentleman who overcomes, this was inspiring. The story about the Titanic was good until the April Fool's part, that was strange. I was lost at that point and had to re-read it and still didn't understand. I also thought Ten Chances was rather disturbing in light of the fact that he was evil and allowed to be this was toward children. One of my favorites were the Epiphany of Pain one because he overcomes his faults and ends up on the right path after finally hitting rock bottom. My other favorite was The Vanishing Point. It started out harsh at the beginning and I was worried for the wife but in the end she is able to break free and he is left with himself and dies alone. At the end of the day, I would recommend it because of the variety.

  • Bobbie Grob
    2019-05-31 16:28

    (Originally reviewed for Inkspand)I have enjoyed several stories by Ray Dacolias, and Spinner of Yarns was no exception. As always, his work is laid out nicely, with no typos or formatting errors. Being that this is a book of short stories I needed to be pulled into each one quickly, which I was. In the first story, The Lauren Tree, the main character is a bully of a man who is nothing short of foul. He works in the restaurant business, and as the story unfolds, his bad karma catches up to him in an unusual way. I detested this man, but that was no doubt Mr. Dacolias' intention. In the other stories, the characters are not as far to one end of good or evil as Rappal Musselweit. The stories are sometimes weird and require a bit of letting go of reality. but I enjoy stories like that.When reading Ray Dacolias' stories, whether they are novel length or short stories such as the ones in Spinner of Yarns, I get the feeling that I am reading the work of a master. The one thing that holds me back from giving him five stars is the fact that his writing is very elaborate and verbose, meaning that I often have to read sentences several times over to get the full meaning behind them. It can also be a bit disconcerting when a PE coach, a restaurateur, and a deer have the same style of speech, but once you get past that, there is a great deal of satisfaction in these stories.

  • Cheryl D
    2019-06-14 11:12

    *** I received this book through the Goodreads sweepstakes*** Imagine my surprise when I decided that I was going to write that this is a book that details the human condition only to find it was printed on the back cover of the book! So, how does one describe this book? Imaginative, unique, curious and oh-so-real. If you take the time to really chew on and slowly digest the stories within you will realize that it is a thinking person's book. A book where the truth is revealed as it is in life...honestly, slowly and accurately. My the book and chew on it awhile... only then will you understand the complexity of the authors words.Again, this is a where goodreads needs 1/2 stars. This book is definitely worth more than three starts but not quite four. The author is an excellent writer but the subject matter may not sit with some hence the 3.5 stars.

  • Kathy
    2019-05-29 09:16

    I received this from Library Thing to read and review. This is a collection of stories that are all very strange. The author must have a good imagination to have come up with these ideas. I found each one stranger than the next and had some difficulty getting through the collection. I guess this collection of stories is geared toward someone who enjoys off the wall tales, the plots of which the reader may not have encountered anywhere else before. Because they were so very odd, I found the book difficult to get through. I am not quite sure who the intended audience would be for this.

  • Natalie
    2019-06-13 14:13

    *** Received this book from a LibrayThing Giveaway***I can't give a thorough review of this odd tale of short stories because alas I could not finish it. It was just not my cup of tea. I found the stories off the wall crazy and not the least bit interesting. Honestly I hate to berate books because the author has endeavored to do something that I wish I could myself..write a book. However I cannot give false reviews no matter how much It makes me uncomfortable.

  • Tanya
    2019-06-16 12:16

    First word that comes to mind while I was reading this book is 'different'. These are definitely not your usual stories. There isn't really a shocking twist, but they get deep into your brain nonetheless. Save for the first one (it was a bit too much for me), I enjoyed each and every story. The language with its long sentences and not so common words was also interesting to me.

  • Siddhartha
    2019-06-09 11:22

    A Different type of read,but loved it.

  • Paige Sucher
    2019-06-01 14:31

    This was refreshing and wonderful. Each story really made me think, and was creatively put together. I genuinely enjoyed it.

  • Selena
    2019-05-19 15:19

    One sentence 223 words. Enough said.

  • Arnis
    2019-06-05 12:14

    Ļoti interesanti stāsti, attēlojot cik gan dažāds var būt cilvēks. Visvairāk patika ''Steel Maiden''

  • Young Empress
    2019-05-29 14:16

    This is a One-Of-A-Kind book that I've ever read. The author imagination is outreached and marvelous.

  • Lavender
    2019-06-13 14:25

    PlaceholderI won this book via Goodreads Giveaways.

  • KarnagesMistress
    2019-05-30 12:26

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. It is a Kindle book.