I tried I really, really tried Some of the ideas were good, but for the most part, the stories were warmed over Stephen King or Twilight Zone in awkward prose After getting through about half the stories and not feeling satisfied by any of them, I just gave up. This wasn t exactly a terrible read and although there were a few spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, there wasn t enough to make the book entirely worthless However, I will admit that I had a very hard time getting in to this book which made it especially hard for me to finish reading it at a good pace I can t quite put my finger on what exactly made it so hard to hold my interest but if pressed to define it, I would say that many of the stories just fell flat for me I felt like I had read them before by other writers However, there was one gem in this collection that I found myself becoming totally engrossed in And, when that story came to an abrupt end, I still found myself chuckling at the irony of it all Midnight Stroll Maybe I ll re read this after I ve completed my GoodReads challenge and hopefully it will be better the second time around. The Short Stories Of Edging Past Reality Will Take You To The Precipice Of Reason And Then Push You Over The Edge If You Think You Can Always Believe Your Eyes, And You Re Sure That What You Believe Is True, It S Time To Check Your Certainties At The Door And Start Edging Past Reality In This Collection Of Short Stories, As You Re Warned In The Introduction, The Most Common And Familiar Elements Of Life Explode Into A Circus Of Horror Imagine An Inviting, Lush Meadow That Turns Shockingly Deadly A Mirror That Holds Than Mere Reflections A Trial Where Your Life Hangs By A Call In Vote David Fingerman, A Master Of The Unforeseen And Unpredictable, Will Take You On A Number Of Seemingly Ordinary Journeys And Then Smoothly Veer Off Course, Surprising You With Twists And Turns That Propel You Toward Destinations That Are Not Only Unexpected, But Often Terrifying What a great collection of short stories I loved the way the stories were arranged according to the age of the characters in the story Clever.My favorites Marty s Toy A great way to start off the collection It s a story that s been done before but that I found to be very unsettling nonetheless.The Meadow Disturbingyou start off in a picture perfect world and end up somewhere else entirely.Mosquito Tim One of my top three in this collection A double suprise ending Edging Past Reality This one had me hooked till the very end.The Witness This one chilled me beyond belief Ironic and disturbing.Anybody Got a Smoke Another one of my top three.a great take on the afterlife.A Crack in the Air This one gives me chills just thinking about it.The Perfect Jury It gives a whole new meaning to the term jury duty.The Verdict s In A great story about what would happen if trials became a reality show with audience participation.Midnight Stroll This one still has me pondering the ending.Snow Crabs This story had the feel of a Dean Koontz of Steven King story and I loved it Kudos to the imagination a very good set of stories I think some of them where OK, and some where excellent Some of the prose needed work, but not in every story.My favorite section was the set old enough to know better I enjoyed the Twilight Zone feel to the stories One of my favorite shows growing up.Snow Crabs was a great way to end the book I found the tension very good, that one was a page turner for me. This collection of short stories is slick, dark, creepy and delightfully evil He takes no prisoners well, he does, but I won t spoil that tale for you , and I believe if he tried, he could take a sunny day in a springtime field and turn it into a horrifying place of well hang on a minute okay, he did do that, in The Meadow and that s just the second story in the book If you like happy endings, this collection is not for you But if you want stories which will make you smile as you are filled with relief that they are only stories, he is definitely your man And let s HOPE they re only stories Especially the one about the snow crabs. I really enjoyed the stories in this book I felt the author has a gift for maximizing the use of a few words Some of the stories are very short, but the author still sucks you into the tale I also found the stories very entertaining They were not boring like other short stories I ve read in the past Great job, Mr Fingerman Lillian Really good collection of horror short stories Well thought out and satisfyingly creepy My only minor complaint is with the formatting job on the Kindle Must have been three or four different fonts that changed in the middle of stories Just sayin Hey it was free, so no biggie But the stories were excellent Very Good Read. A scary read and truly original voice If you like The Twilight Zone or Tales of the Unexpected, then check this book out In my eyes, he s the modern day Edgar Allan Poe. Edging Past RealityAuthor David FingermanPublisher Two Harbors Press2008Synopsis of Edging Past Reality Get ready to expect the unexpected when you read this collection of chilling short stories The short stories of Edging Past Reality will take you to the precipice of reason and then push you over the edge.If you think you can always believe your eyes, and you re sure that what you believe is true, it s time to check your certainties at the door and start Edging Past Reality In this collection of short stories, as you re warned in the introduction, the most common and familiar elements of life explode into a circus of horror Imagine an inviting, lush meadow that turns shockingly deadly A mirror that holds than mere reflections A trial where your life hangs by a call in vote.David Fingerman, a master of the unforeseen and unpredictable, will take you on a number of seemingly ordinary journeys and then smoothly veer off course, surprising you with twists and turns that propel you toward destinations that are not only unexpected, but often terrifying.My Thoughts I loved this book Edging Past Reality is a magnificent compilation of short stories Fingerman has a fantastic imagination, bringing an unexpecting twist to reality Some stories will give you chills, others will make you shutter, all will have you thinking I do have a few of my favorites out of this compilation and I am going to elaborate a bit on those for your enjoyment and a good taste of what you can expect from David Fingerman.Fingerman has grouped his stories into categories, so I will take a story out of each category that I absolutely loved.Too Young To Know Any Better A Halloween Story Trick or treating and lost in the woods, little Tommy comes across a lone house After knocking on the door, he becomes enchanted with the lady of the house, a beautiful witch stirring her brew Tommy knows she s a witch and has bespelled him, though she is so nice he cannot be afraid Will Tommy make it out alive Old Enough To Know Better Peeping Tom When the owner of several cabins decides upon check in which women he would like to fantasize about, he gets than he bargained for when Amanda checked in I so was not expecting the ending, FANTASTIC Is This A Mid Life Crisis A Walk In The Woods Steve Blanchard was a prestigious lawyer that never took any time for himself He lets a co worker talk him into going to a cabin in the woods While there he comes across a wolf Deeming the wolf malnourished he starts to feed it and eventually the wolf takes food from his hands One day deciding on a walk a snow storm hits and Steve becomes lost Taking coverage in a cave, who should come to the rescue The wolfyes he leads Steven back to the cabin where the door is found ajar What do you suppose waits inside for the duo Senior Moments A Midnight Stroll When a series of unexpected murders have taken place in an apartment building of seniors, it has become unsafe to be out on your own in the town Seventy two year old Francis cannot stand sitting inside though and he takes a stroll through the park After tripping and hurting his ankle, he is helped by a young Indian named Bear Bear helps Francis home telling him he should not be out alone with all the murders They chat and tell each other of their pasts and how they have come to where they are today, when Francis invites Bear up for tea You think you know what will happen in the endbut are you certain that will be the outcome It certainly is a toss up as to which ones are the best of short stories in Edging Past Reality, but David Fingerman certainly knows how to deliver I give this title 5 Stars, BK Walker,
David has had over twenty short stories published in magazines and anthologies Edging Past Reality is his first book, a collection speculative fiction and horror stories He has also published three novels Spyder, Silent Kill, and Playing the Hand She s Dealt David presently lives with his wife in Minneapolis.
- 263 pages
- Edging Past Reality - a collection of short stories
- David Fingerman
- 03 March 2019 David Fingerman