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Off the KUF Volume 1 is an anthology of short fiction, guaranteed to appeal to readers of all genres! Whether you're a fan of mysteries, thrillers, historicals, romance, humour, literary fiction, horror or science fiction, Off the KUF will keep you entertained. Volume 1 brings together 30 quality stories by 25 highly talented authors. Some will be well-known to fans of the Off the KUF Volume 1 is an anthology of short fiction, guaranteed to appeal to readers of all genres! Whether you're a fan of mysteries, thrillers, historicals, romance, humour, literary fiction, horror or science fiction, Off the KUF will keep you entertained. Volume 1 brings together 30 quality stories by 25 highly talented authors. Some will be well-known to fans of the indie fiction scene, while others will be new discoveries. All may become firm favourites after sampling their storytelling skills. As well as short tales of varying lengths, this collection includes some drabbles - stories precisely 100 words long. So you can dip in and out as you wish, or consume the entire book from start to finish and be assured of an exciting degree of variety. Volume 1 is edited by David Wailing and the contributing authors are (in alphabetical order): H.K. Abell, Andrew Barrett, Helena Hann-Basquiat, Jessica B. Bell, Nigel Bird, Michael Brookes, Anna Faversham, George Hamilton, John Gregory Hancock, Jennifer Hanning, David Haynes, Rick Haynes, Jonathan Hill, Sibel Hodge, K.M. Knight, Ken Magee, Kath Middleton, Cecilia Peartree, Lexi Revellian, Rosen Trevithick, David Wailing, Louise Warman, Lynda Wilcox, Andrew Craig Williams and Anne Wrightwell. The front cover is by Katie Stewart at Magic Owl Designs. The Off the KUF trilogy of anthologies is brought to you by the Kindle Users Forum (KUF). All proceeds from ebook sales are used to maintain the forum. Join us at www.kuforum.co.uk. Look out for Volume 2 in December 2013, and Volume 3 in February 2014!


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Off the KUF Volume 1 is an anthology of short fiction, guaranteed to appeal to readers of all genres! Whether you're a fan of mysteries, thrillers, historicals, romance, humour, literary fiction, horror or science fiction, Off the KUF will keep you entertained. Volume 1 brings together 30 quality stories by 25 highly talented authors. Some will be well-known to fans of the Off the KUF Volume 1 is an anthology of short fiction, guaranteed to appeal to readers of all genres! Whether you're a fan of mysteries, thrillers, historicals, romance, humour, literary fiction, horror or science fiction, Off the KUF will keep you entertained. Volume 1 brings together 30 quality stories by 25 highly talented authors. Some will be well-known to fans of the indie fiction scene, while others will be new discoveries. All may become firm favourites after sampling their storytelling skills. As well as short tales of varying lengths, this collection includes some drabbles - stories precisely 100 words long. So you can dip in and out as you wish, or consume the entire book from start to finish and be assured of an exciting degree of variety. Volume 1 is edited by David Wailing and the contributing authors are (in alphabetical order): H.K. Abell, Andrew Barrett, Helena Hann-Basquiat, Jessica B. Bell, Nigel Bird, Michael Brookes, Anna Faversham, George Hamilton, John Gregory Hancock, Jennifer Hanning, David Haynes, Rick Haynes, Jonathan Hill, Sibel Hodge, K.M. Knight, Ken Magee, Kath Middleton, Cecilia Peartree, Lexi Revellian, Rosen Trevithick, David Wailing, Louise Warman, Lynda Wilcox, Andrew Craig Williams and Anne Wrightwell. The front cover is by Katie Stewart at Magic Owl Designs. The Off the KUF trilogy of anthologies is brought to you by the Kindle Users Forum (KUF). All proceeds from ebook sales are used to maintain the forum. Join us at www.kuforum.co.uk. Look out for Volume 2 in December 2013, and Volume 3 in February 2014!

23 review for Off the KUF, Volume 1: Short fiction from the Kindle Users Forum

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joo

    This is the first of 3 volumes of short stories, drabbles and novellas from the KUForum's authors. I am a big fan of many of the authors who hang out there, so I knew I'd like this book. I was wrong, I loved it. From the start with Lynda Wilcox's story 'Intelligence Test' to 'The Last Story' I was enthralled throughout. I'll just mention some of my favourites. The first one 'Intelligence Test' is a great opener. Malcolm is up for a job which is on offer at the Foreigh Office. The test seems way too This is the first of 3 volumes of short stories, drabbles and novellas from the KUForum's authors. I am a big fan of many of the authors who hang out there, so I knew I'd like this book. I was wrong, I loved it. From the start with Lynda Wilcox's story 'Intelligence Test' to 'The Last Story' I was enthralled throughout. I'll just mention some of my favourites. The first one 'Intelligence Test' is a great opener. Malcolm is up for a job which is on offer at the Foreigh Office. The test seems way too hard in a simplistic way. Who will get the job and what is the job anyway? The very next story is by David Haynes and of course is one of his trademark creepy, macabre stories - a bit of a ghost story. 'Blackberry Crumble' by Cecilia Peartree is a longer "short" and I really enjoyed that one. It is always great to read a new Auto story from David Wailing. Rosen Trevithick has 2 parallel stories in this collection. One is a Troll version and it is interesting to read them together. 'The Last Story' by H.K. Abell was intriguing and interesting and as it progressed it made me wonder about the sanity of the author. The ending is well weird, but I think I liked it. I thought it was an interesting way to finish off this collection Of the 30 stories in this collection there was only one I didn't like, which is not bad going for such a large collection. There are highs, there are lows, there are scares, there are laughs and there's the origin story of The Imp. Oh and Trolls. There are definitely some new authors here for me to go and investigate.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kath Middleton

    If you are a one-genre reader then you won’t get much from a mixed anthology such as this but if you are a pick-and-mix person and enjoy several genres, even those stories that don’t fall neatly into one category, then this is your book! Buy it now! I am a member of the forum which produced this anthology and the variety of stories which were offered is tremendous. Some are by favourite indie authors of mine so I knew I was in for a treat with at least part of the book. I resisted the temptation If you are a one-genre reader then you won’t get much from a mixed anthology such as this but if you are a pick-and-mix person and enjoy several genres, even those stories that don’t fall neatly into one category, then this is your book! Buy it now! I am a member of the forum which produced this anthology and the variety of stories which were offered is tremendous. Some are by favourite indie authors of mine so I knew I was in for a treat with at least part of the book. I resisted the temptation to dip and go for those first and I have to say that the order of presentation has been carefully thought out. It’s a real opportunity to savour those you know you will enjoy while trying out new flavours. There are now authors whose work I had never encountered before who will have me lurking on their author pages to see what else they have published! The book is of very high standard and I enjoyed almost all and was actually excited by some! It’s a chunky read too – excellent value. Don’t miss it – the world will be talking about it! Disclaimer – I’m in it! ;)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This is a delightful collection of short stories and drabbles. There is something for everyone amongst the varied yet equally entertaining stories. I found myself reading it in long sessions but also shorter, pick-up and put-down sessions while I had a few moments to spare. Recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lee Penney

    Off the KUF is an anthology of short stories produced by members of the Kindle User Forum. I may be slightly biased, because I belong to the forum that produced it. I even have a story in the next volume. I have tried to be objective though. Short stories and anthologies have generally wandered in the wilderness of publishing. This book shows their virtues though: the stories are short enough to consume in quick bites between busy schedules, and there’s such an eclectic mix there will be somethin Off the KUF is an anthology of short stories produced by members of the Kindle User Forum. I may be slightly biased, because I belong to the forum that produced it. I even have a story in the next volume. I have tried to be objective though. Short stories and anthologies have generally wandered in the wilderness of publishing. This book shows their virtues though: the stories are short enough to consume in quick bites between busy schedules, and there’s such an eclectic mix there will be something to please any reader. In fact, aside from new authors to discover, it will probably make you read genres you’d never normally contemplate. Certainly I found a few I wouldn’t have read if I were looking at their description in solitude, but there wasn’t one I didn’t enjoy. If I’m being particularly picky, I felt a story with a stronger finish could have been last (but maybe that was the point). Anyway, well worth your time, and money raised goes to keeping the lights on over at the Kindle User Forum as well (which is a great place for reader and writers, not just Kindle users, so drop by).

  5. 5 out of 5

    George Hamilton

    Before reading Off the KUF Vol 1 I had never read many shorts, but I’ll certainly start now. It’s a great way to get a story fix in a short space of time, and it’s also a fantastic way to discover new genres, styles, and writers. The stories range from humour, to literary, horror, contemporary and more, and I enjoyed nearly all of them, and found quite a few that raised the bar to the 5* level. I’ll definitely be seeking out other works by some of the writers and look forward to starting Vol 2.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I became aware of the Kindle Users Forum through a blog post by David Wailing on his Goodreads page some time in early 2013. When the opportunity for the collection went out, the response was so overwhelming that three volumes of stories were produced for the forums. In the interest of honesty, I was among the many authors to send something in and was accepted. My story was published in Volume 2, which I will review all other stories excluding mine. When the description stated that there was some I became aware of the Kindle Users Forum through a blog post by David Wailing on his Goodreads page some time in early 2013. When the opportunity for the collection went out, the response was so overwhelming that three volumes of stories were produced for the forums. In the interest of honesty, I was among the many authors to send something in and was accepted. My story was published in Volume 2, which I will review all other stories excluding mine. When the description stated that there was something for everyone in its pages, it wasn't lying! There were stories of romance, adventure, mystery, afterlife situations and so much more. Some of the stories covered serious subjects while others were filled with humor. I had never heard of "drabbles" before so reading them in this collection was a new experience. For those who also haven't heard of them, drabbles are stories of exactly 100 words. How in the world an author can fit a full story into that small amount of words, I'll never know because I haven't been able to do it. Yet, these drabbles were as entertaining as the longer pieces of fiction. I really enjoyed each of the stories for different reasons. I laughed out loud with "The Glass Eye Caper" and "Cerberus" before being swept away by the events in "An Installment from My Life." So many more simply made me smile and kept me turning the pages long past my bedtime. There were many authors unknown to me in this collection and some are now on my watch list. As I mentioned above, there were 25 different authors for this collection alone.They are (in alphabetical order): H.K. Abell, Andrew Barrett, Helena Hann-Basquiat, Jessica B. Bell, Nigel Bird, Michael Brookes, Anna Faversham, George Hamilton, John Gregory Hancock, Jennifer Hanning, David Haynes, Rick Haynes, Jonathan Hill, Sibel Hodge, K.M. Knight, Ken Magee, Kath Middleton, Cecilia Peartree, Lexi Revellian, Rosen Trevithick, David Wailing, Louise Warman, Lynda Wilcox, Andrew Craig Williams and Anne Wrightwell. All together, this collection of short stories was very enjoyable and worth the price to support the Kindle Users Forums. Though I was happy to support them, I was very happy to have such a good book full of quality stories to enjoy again and again as well as new authors to look for in the future. With such a variety of genres, subjects and lengths, the odds of enjoying the works within are greatly increased. If you're a lover of short fiction or love to support independent authors, this volume of stories is a must for your kindle!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marie (UK)

    well a new genre for me the drabble - 100 words exactly and all easily identified with a beginning a middle and an end. Interspersed with short stories some of which i actually understand try for example taking a line for a walk - excellent, Hoever some still leave me unmoved

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Barrett

  9. 5 out of 5

    Louise Warman

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Hancock

  11. 4 out of 5

    Philip (sarah) Willis

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rosen Trevithick

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sibel Hodge

  14. 5 out of 5

    Theresa O'Brien

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Hill

  16. 4 out of 5

    David Brown

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Wilcox

  18. 5 out of 5

    Simon Jenner

  19. 4 out of 5

    Azure Whitehead

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael Brookes

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beckie Treble

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

  23. 4 out of 5

    Richard Daubney

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