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SHORT & HAPPY (or Not) brings together authors from English speaking countries around the globe and a sprinkling of ex-pats who enjoy life in non-English speaking countries as well. Their stories cover just as wide a spectrum of subjects. Humor (or humour), light romance, science fiction, fantasy, memoir, satire, reflection, exotic locales … it's all here in bite-sized pie SHORT & HAPPY (or Not) brings together authors from English speaking countries around the globe and a sprinkling of ex-pats who enjoy life in non-English speaking countries as well. Their stories cover just as wide a spectrum of subjects. Humor (or humour), light romance, science fiction, fantasy, memoir, satire, reflection, exotic locales … it's all here in bite-sized pieces.


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SHORT & HAPPY (or Not) brings together authors from English speaking countries around the globe and a sprinkling of ex-pats who enjoy life in non-English speaking countries as well. Their stories cover just as wide a spectrum of subjects. Humor (or humour), light romance, science fiction, fantasy, memoir, satire, reflection, exotic locales … it's all here in bite-sized pie SHORT & HAPPY (or Not) brings together authors from English speaking countries around the globe and a sprinkling of ex-pats who enjoy life in non-English speaking countries as well. Their stories cover just as wide a spectrum of subjects. Humor (or humour), light romance, science fiction, fantasy, memoir, satire, reflection, exotic locales … it's all here in bite-sized pieces.

31 review for Short & Happy [or Not]

  1. 5 out of 5

    Megan (thebookishtwins)

    I received this from one of the authors in exchange for an honest review Short & Happy (or not) is a collection of short stories in a range of different genres. There are stories in here for everyone's needs. There are some humorous stories but there are also some heartfelt and sad stories. Each story is written well and some of them really drag you into the story despite them only being short stories. While I was reading it, I was writing what I thought of each story after I finished them. I onl I received this from one of the authors in exchange for an honest review Short & Happy (or not) is a collection of short stories in a range of different genres. There are stories in here for everyone's needs. There are some humorous stories but there are also some heartfelt and sad stories. Each story is written well and some of them really drag you into the story despite them only being short stories. While I was reading it, I was writing what I thought of each story after I finished them. I only wrote a sentence or two, but I will probably try and expand on them here. There are a lot of stories in this book, and I am going to try and cover them all. Surviving a Cold Snap by Jo Alkemade - 3/5 stars An enjoyable little read which was well written. It was a nice start to the collection of stories. It is a Valentines Day story - a romance. Gwyneth is struggling with her marriage and has gone away for a while. This is a story of her, in a way, reconnecting with her husband. Surviving a Cold Snap is a little funny near the end, but overall it is an enjoyable little read. Dream Time by Lenora Rain-Lee Good - 4/5 stars A very original story which really captured my attention. It is about a woman who dreams what seems like an alternative reality. It is very strange yet it is strangely entertaining. The Night Doctor by Ellen Barnes - 5/5 stars Two women meet at a bus stop and a old story is told. I really liked this one. The story was very enticing and interesting and despite only being a couple pages long there was a atmosphere to the story which suggests how well written it was. I could imagine a story like this being a great full length novel. Coprolith by Ian Lahey - 4/5 stars Coprolith was another strange read, yet very entertaining. I assume they are paleontologists searching for some fossils, but there is a paranormal twist to it. It was a well written, entertaining and humorous story that really did capture my attention. November by Sherri Fulmer Moorer - 3/5 stars November is a little story about Tamara who is upset over the loss of a summer fling. November is a nice little story. Old Bones by Rob Johnson - 5/5 stars Old Bones is about a boy who goes for his palms read and the events following. I really loved this one. It was very well written and a great piece of historical fiction. The characters are very memorable, as is the story, and it really did keep hold of my attention for the whole story. First Contact by Richard Bunning - 2/5 stars First Contact was the story about a man's flying experience. I didn't find this one too interesting. Probably because I don't find flying planes all that interesting. It was well written, and others probably would enjoy this one more, but not me personally. I See Angels by Bobbi Carducci - 3/5 stars I See Angels is a story about a woman looking after her mother who is close to death. This was a sad, but nice little story. Taking Flight by Caroline Doherty de Novoa - 4/5 stars Taking Flight is a story about a girl overcoming her fears. Despite being only a page long it was a good read. I liked the character and she was very memorable despite the story being so short. It is very well written and I wished there was more of this story. Unhappily Ever After by Ellen Barnes - 5/5 stars Unhappily Every After goes on to talk about our well known princess and what would realistically happen to them, and their supposed 'happily ever after'. This was a great story. It was strange, but original. These princesses didn't actually get happily ever afters' and I think the point of the story was to show that they have to create their own endings, instead of relying on their 'prince'. I loved it. A Fragile World by Tahlia Newland - 4/5 stars It is a story of a woman during a storm and a powercut. I liked this one. It is well written and it shows how reliant human kind is on electricity and the vulnerabilities of the modern world. I'd Rather Die by Dixiane Hallaj - 4/5 stars A woman's reaction to the death of her fiancé. This was a sad and heartfelt story, and it really did capture my attention. Very well written. The View From 3½ Feet by Wendy Wong - 3/5 stars This is a story of Ms. Benjefield and a day at work and the lives of some of her pupils. An interesting and engaging read. Walking by Jane Buchan - 2/5 stars I personally didn't really get this story. This was a strange and a little interesting read, and also well written. But I'm still not really sure about it. Trip Up by John Byk - 2/5 stars Didn't really like this one. Captain's Barbeque by S. M. Kraftchak - 2/5 stars Not a huge fan of this one either African Heaven by Jo Alkemade - 4/5 stars A story of a woman trying to get a trip to see a Leopard. This was a nice story and I really enjoyed it. It was a really nice gesture for the woman to do for her father. To Love Again by Maryann Miller - 2/5 stars An elderly woman is figuring out if she wants to risk dating. This was an ok read for me, but nothing special and it didn't manage to hold my attention for long. Final Gifts by Jane Roop - 2/5 stars This one also struggled to keep my attention. O'Budlin Matricentricity by Richard Bunning - 2/5 stars This one also didn't keep my attention for long. One Shot To Be Born by S. M. Kraftchak - 3/5 stars An okay read that was a little enjoyable, but slightly confusing. Dragon Slayer by Melanie Starkey - 5/5 stars Dragon Slayer is the story of a girl and her brother during their outings. This was a really great story. You really got to know the characters, despite it being so short and you really cared for them. A sad ending, but a very good read which was very well written. The Last Wave Good-Bye by Marjorie Rommel - 5/5 stars The Last Wave Good-Bye is a story of a relationship between two elderly neighbours. This was such a heartfelt story with well written and interesting characters. A very nice and enjoyable read. The Closet Monster by Dixiane Hallaj - 4/5 stars A story of a woman's look at an apartment. A light and entertaining read. A Cup of Coffee by J. D. Kipfer - 3/5 stars A story of a woman's day at her stressful job. An okay read and entertaining at times. One positive is that all the characters seemed very fleshed out. Out of the Box by Wendy Wong - 2/5 stars Wasn't too bothered about this story. Didn't really connect with the character, and the story itself just didn't capture my attention. The Uncertainty Principle by Maria Elizabeth McVoy - 4/5 stars I really liked this one. It was an interesting take on gaming and how games could potentially help those with phobias overcome them. Very interesting and enjoyable. The Water Bomb War by Majorie Rommel - 5/5 stars Two young girl are fed up with their grumpy neighbour stealing from their apple tree so they decide to try and stop it. I love this. It was very fun and the characters were very memorable and enjoyable. The writing was also very good. Left Behind by Colleen Grimes - 2/5 stars Didn't really capture my attention. The First Coven by P.M Pevato - 5/5 stars The First Coven is the story of a young girl determination to get her mother back after she passed away. This is by far my favourite story in the book. Pevato manages to create an atmosphere much like those in fairytales and it was fascinating, magical and enjoyable. Highly original and entertaining. The writing is also superb. The Big Short by Jane Roop - 2/5 stars An interesting read but didn't really keep my attention for that long. The Indian Cure by Sakeena Edoo - 2/5 stars Didn't really capture my attention. Granny Hitt by Lenora Rain-Lee Good - 2/5 stars Also didn't really capture my attention. Rickestmortaphobia by Krisi Keley - 4/5 stars A woman's explanation of her phobia. This was a dark and sad story which did capture my attention. A Lesson In Loss by Caroline Doherty de Novoa - 5/5 stars Miguel's story of his mother's illness. Such a sad story. Each character is very memorable. The story itself is very touching. A very good read and very well written. Doesn't Matter by Ian Lahey - 2/5 I'm not really sure about this one. It was a little confusing but that is probably the science talk and it didn't really hold my attention for very long. Overall, some of the stories were fantastic and the authors show great imagination and skill in crafting such stories in such a small amount of words. Some stories weren't really for me, but I have no doubts that others will enjoy them much more than me. Overall, a superb collection which I suggest you give a go.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Keep Calm Novel On

    *I received a copy of the anthology of the ARC from one of the author’s in exchange for an honest review.* Short and Happy (or Not) is an eclectic collection of short stories. The authors featured in the anthology have mastered the art form of the short story. I have chosen to highlight three stories in order of appearance. Sherri Fulmer Moorer’s November instantly pulls the reader into Tamara’s world. One love lost and another found most unexpectedly. November doesn’t have to be dreary. Wendy Wo *I received a copy of the anthology of the ARC from one of the author’s in exchange for an honest review.* Short and Happy (or Not) is an eclectic collection of short stories. The authors featured in the anthology have mastered the art form of the short story. I have chosen to highlight three stories in order of appearance. Sherri Fulmer Moorer’s November instantly pulls the reader into Tamara’s world. One love lost and another found most unexpectedly. November doesn’t have to be dreary. Wendy Wong’s The View from 31/2 Feet is delightful. It is also has a powerful message. The seasoned teacher Ms Benjefield has seen many changes in education. How wonderful that she is so open to change. She is forever a life-long learner. The third short story is by P. M. Pevato who provided me with the ARC. The First Coven is a truly original folk tale. As a fan of paranormal fiction, the well developed characters and story draws the reader into Aradia’s magical world. I would like to know what happens to the three witches and their brother. It is refreshing to read a new twist on classic genre. In my opinion, this anthology would be a great teaching tool for a creative writing programme including by not limited to high school or post secondary. The collection covers a spectrum of genres. The stories lend themselves to be read aloud in a classroom and would make an excellent book club selection. I highly recommend this anthology and give it five stars. Congratulations to the editors for compiling this international collection of creative short stories.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Yousra

    This review first appeared on http://www.bookshelves-infinity.tumbl... I received an advanced reader’s copy of this anthology from one of the authors in exchange for an honest review. What you’re promised is exactly what you get when reading Short & Happy (or Not). The stories are short, some happy and some not. As an international anthology, this collection of short stories provides voices from around the world and writers who have published novels before mixed with new writers. This aspect is wh This review first appeared on http://www.bookshelves-infinity.tumbl... I received an advanced reader’s copy of this anthology from one of the authors in exchange for an honest review. What you’re promised is exactly what you get when reading Short & Happy (or Not). The stories are short, some happy and some not. As an international anthology, this collection of short stories provides voices from around the world and writers who have published novels before mixed with new writers. This aspect is what I like about the anthology as a whole. There are a variety of writing styles and genres, which shows that the fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction stories hold just as much value as the realistic young adult or adult fiction stories. However, the collection also has variety in terms of individual short story ratings. A majority of the stories were engaging to some extent, but only nine particularly stuck with me. I will focus on these nine stories because they were able to fully bring their characters to life and make them memorable even after I finished reading the stories. “Surviving a Cold Snap” was a great way to start the anthology. The story immediately drew me in with its detailed imagery and, near the end of it, gave me a good laugh. The story is about a woman named Gwyneth who takes a sort of vacation to decide whether to stay with her husband or not. “The Night Doctor” is only three pages long, but it has exquisite, natural-sounding dialogue that immediately increased my interest. The mystery of the disturbing Night Doctor didn’t let me relax once I finished the story. I was unable to move on to the next story for a few moments. I just sat in my seat thinking about what I had just read. “Coprolith” was a funny and light read that I felt was time well spent. The story is about an archeologist who searches for a particular dinosaur fossil. With this plot, the dialogue and situation are filled with humor. “Old Bones” is one of those stories where I can tell where the plot is headed, but the fact that I know doesn’t bug me. It’s about a boy named Ciaran who gets his fortune told and the aftermath of that. The end result is a lesson learned too late for Ciaran, but one that I was able to pull out: don’t let any situation make you think the future is set in stone. “Unhappily Ever After” was wonderfully strange. The story is sort of a retelling of what would really happen to the fairy tale princesses in real life, how women shouldn’t rely on a “prince” to make them complete and fix their lives. “Dragon Slayer” broke my heart. I won’t say why because it will obviously spoil it. All I’ll say is this story was great. “The First Coven” made me feel as if I were reading a story out of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which I really liked. It’s about how witches first came about. Having read Firefly by P.M. Pevato as well, this story definitely sets up a history that fits the novel. “A Lesson in Loss” made it to my favorite’s list because a kid’s innocent understanding of the world always fascinates me when I read stories with little kids as the main characters. The author of this story definitely knows how to accurately portray a five-year-old’s thinking. It’s also a bit of a heart breaker, so be prepared for that. Over all, I encourage readers to pick up this anthology if they are interested in a variety of voices and genres merged together. And if you find there are particular stories that draw you in just as much as me, check out the authors’ sites or Facebook pages to further support them.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

    This novel is a collection of stories each written by different authors. Each story is vastly different from the next and can interest nearly every reader with the large variety of genres it contains. Now, I have never reviewed an anthology before, so rather than discussing each individual story, I'd like to just highlight my favorites and talk about the writing in general in hopes that it'll spark some people's interest. One story named Surviving A Cold Snap perked my interest immediately since This novel is a collection of stories each written by different authors. Each story is vastly different from the next and can interest nearly every reader with the large variety of genres it contains. Now, I have never reviewed an anthology before, so rather than discussing each individual story, I'd like to just highlight my favorites and talk about the writing in general in hopes that it'll spark some people's interest. One story named Surviving A Cold Snap perked my interest immediately since it was one of the first pieces of writing in this novel. It was a brief story of a lady out in a lodge in the middle of the woods when she suddenly heard a mysterious noise. This created the setting of the story that was centered around her trying to find out what the noise was. It was written in a way that easily gripped me and made me interested in the character for the short amount of time the story took place. Another story named Dream Time told a story about dreams that came to life. It was a bit more confusing than the other stories in this book where it described a lady who lived two different lives, one in reality and one in a dream. Either way, this story was well written and flowed easily as it went back and forth between reality and her subconscious. Read more... November was one of my favorite stories in this anthology. It was about a lady who was unhappy with her life and dwelled on her past love she lost. It was a nice fluffy autumn story to read, and I wished that it was longer in order to see what happened next after the character met a man who gave her hope for happiness. Another entertaining story was The First Coven which was about a daughter who was set on bringing her deceased mother back to life in order to bring her father happiness. It was written as if it were a fairy tale full of potions, talking animals, thieves, and like any other fairy tale, a moral to the story. Each author who contributed to this anthology helped create small worlds within the pages and made it diverse with the tales written by each person. This anthology is a quick read that anyone can finish in one sitting and can teach aspiring writers about different styles to construct stories. I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology and will be sure to pick up others now whenever I need a pick-me-up book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anna (Unquenchable Reads)

    *****I received an e-arc of this book from one of the authors. All opinions are my own******** This review is originally on my blog: http://unquenchablereads.wordpress.co... Short and Happy (or Not) is a compilation of many authors short stories. Authors from all over the world were brought together in this anthology. There are many different genres in this compilation. My rating: 4/5 stars Cover Rating: 1/5 stars Okay. So I’ll be reviewing different short stories for this book. I have chosen to revi *****I received an e-arc of this book from one of the authors. All opinions are my own******** This review is originally on my blog: http://unquenchablereads.wordpress.co... Short and Happy (or Not) is a compilation of many authors short stories. Authors from all over the world were brought together in this anthology. There are many different genres in this compilation. My rating: 4/5 stars Cover Rating: 1/5 stars Okay. So I’ll be reviewing different short stories for this book. I have chosen to review 6 of the stories. PM Pevato’s story, Witch Coven, was a very interesting read. The characters were created extremely well for only having a few pages for the story. Anyone who likes the paranormal witch genre would enjoy this story. It’s about a girl who wants to get her mom back from the dead. This one was one of my favorites from the anthology. 5/5 stars Granny Hitt by Lenora Rain-Lee was also a really good one. It’s about an elderly lady that goes on a train ride. With a twist. I really enjoyed this one. 5/5 stars Dream Time by Lenora Rain-Lee was really interesting. It’s about a girl who dreams about an alternate reality. 4/5 stars Surviving a Cold Snap by Jo Alkemade wasn’t my favorite, but it was still fun to read. This one is about a women who goes to a cabin in the woods to think about her marriage. The story takes place on Valentine’s Day. 3.5/5 stars Overall, this anthology was great. There were a few that bored me, but most of the stories were great. I’m hoping to read more from most of the authors soon. I would recommend this anthology if you want something of everything.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emma Holtrust

    As you might remember, I reviewed Pevato's Firefly earlier last year - one of the first professional reviews I did - and was not fully convinced by the story. I could tell that P.M. Pevato was a talented writer, but the story was flawed in certain ways that obstructed the reading. shortandhappyornot.jpg Now I read a recent short story by Pevato that is part of the Short And Happy (Or Not) anthology. Though I browsed all the stories (and they all look pretty great!), I really wanted to focus this r As you might remember, I reviewed Pevato's Firefly earlier last year - one of the first professional reviews I did - and was not fully convinced by the story. I could tell that P.M. Pevato was a talented writer, but the story was flawed in certain ways that obstructed the reading. shortandhappyornot.jpg Now I read a recent short story by Pevato that is part of the Short And Happy (Or Not) anthology. Though I browsed all the stories (and they all look pretty great!), I really wanted to focus this review on The First Coven, since I was amazed by the growth of Pevato as an author. The First Coven starts off like a fairytale; once upon a time there was a farmer who had three daughters and desperately wanted a son. His wife delivers a son but dies during labour. This sounds pretty standard fairytale-ish right? But then there is a twist. The daughters turn to witch craft in an attempt to awaken their mother from the dead. That is not exactly the Grimm fairytale we are all used to. And that's exactly what I loved about this story - it was so different. I expected one thing, but the twists constantly took the plot in a new direction. If you like fairytales and magical elements, you will adore this story. Where I previously critiqued Pevato's writing, I thoroughly enjoyed her writing this time. She used fairytale elements to really bring her story to live and to keep the reader interested. It was an amazing read and since it is a really short story, I don't see any reason as to why you shouldn't be reading it right now.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Greg Martin

    This is a lovely collection of short stories and is chock full of delightful surprises and heartwarming moments. It's an easy read but will leave you want more (be warned!) This is a lovely collection of short stories and is chock full of delightful surprises and heartwarming moments. It's an easy read but will leave you want more (be warned!)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    A great compilation of shorts. I was particularly pleased with this collection since the stories primarily broke away from predictive and overdone plot lines. A very fun read where each author takes you for a gander into the narrator's life. A great compilation of shorts. I was particularly pleased with this collection since the stories primarily broke away from predictive and overdone plot lines. A very fun read where each author takes you for a gander into the narrator's life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    A delightful collection of well-written short stories.

  10. 5 out of 5

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  11. 5 out of 5

    S & H Publishing

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dixiane Hallaj

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Kraftchak

  14. 5 out of 5

    P.M. Pevato

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ian Lahey

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ian Lahey

  18. 4 out of 5

    Karin Kaufman

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kyla

  20. 5 out of 5

    Reem

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maria McVoy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katie ®

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ian Lahey

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kellie Demarsh

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hadiza

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol Shetler

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alice Arnold

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi

  29. 5 out of 5

    William Jr.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gina

  31. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

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