Short Story Corner: Gramps – A Time Travel Short Story by Ernie Howard & Mara by Bob Williams

Short Story Title: Gramps: A Time Travel Short Story

AuthorErnie Howard

Publication Date: September 26, 2017

Available OnAmazon as an eBook

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


When Tate gets a call that his grandfather is dying, he goes to see him. Not especially close, Tate wonders what it’s all about. But his grandfather, experiencing dementia, has one final request. What follows is a suspenseful tale about close calls and the love a grandfather has for his grandson.

It’s a moving story that hits you with an eh-grampsemotional gut-punch when you realize what it’s all about. I couldn’t help but get choked up as the storytelling enveloped me when I learned what was at stake.

I originally read this short story when it was published in “Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No. 16″, a collection filled with terrific time travel stories just like this one.

If you found this review to be helpful to you, please click here to go to the review on Amazon. Then navigate to the bottom of this review and click on the “helpful” button.

Previous Indie Athenaeum book reviews about stories by Ernie Howard include “Night Portals Boxed Set – Books 1 – 8“, “Melody 8 – Book One: The Day of the Song” and “Melody 8 – Book Two: The Musical Witch of the South“.


Short Story Title: Mara

Author: Bob Williams

Publication Date: September 12, 2018

Available on: Amazon as an eBook

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Nine-year-old Mara was born into a difficult life and her circumstances only get worse as she strikes back against an alien tyrant, Popan. As a result, Popan punishes her with imprisonment, subject to his every despicable whim, including being physically beaten. How will she find the will to survive?

bw-maraThis is a brutal tour-de-force showcasing a downtrodden child whose struggle you root for as she tries to rise above her situation. You feel it each time she is repeatedly struck down and by the end of the story, I was surprised at where it ended and how it got there.

I originally read this short story when it was published in “Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No 20″, a collection filled with many more excellent science fiction stories just like this one.

If you found this review to be helpful to you, please click here to go to the review on Amazon. Then navigate to the bottom of this review and click on the “helpful” button.

Previous Indie Athenaeum book reviews about stories by Bob Williams include “Lost Dog: A Short Story of Evil” and “Those Were my Friends.”

 

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