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Beach Apples is a collection of short stories, contemporary, mystery, and science fiction, all with an Australian flavour. From a walk on the beach, to fire-fighting in the Adelaide Hills, to a refugee’s story, some stories will put a smile on your face, while others will fire your imagination. Includes, Love at First Sight, The Present, Firesticks, Refugee, Marvellous Mati Beach Apples is a collection of short stories, contemporary, mystery, and science fiction, all with an Australian flavour. From a walk on the beach, to fire-fighting in the Adelaide Hills, to a refugee’s story, some stories will put a smile on your face, while others will fire your imagination. Includes, Love at First Sight, The Present, Firesticks, Refugee, Marvellous Matilda and her Motorised Horse, The Clue of the Dancing Robber, and A Werewolf Ate My Teacher.


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Beach Apples is a collection of short stories, contemporary, mystery, and science fiction, all with an Australian flavour. From a walk on the beach, to fire-fighting in the Adelaide Hills, to a refugee’s story, some stories will put a smile on your face, while others will fire your imagination. Includes, Love at First Sight, The Present, Firesticks, Refugee, Marvellous Mati Beach Apples is a collection of short stories, contemporary, mystery, and science fiction, all with an Australian flavour. From a walk on the beach, to fire-fighting in the Adelaide Hills, to a refugee’s story, some stories will put a smile on your face, while others will fire your imagination. Includes, Love at First Sight, The Present, Firesticks, Refugee, Marvellous Matilda and her Motorised Horse, The Clue of the Dancing Robber, and A Werewolf Ate My Teacher.

36 review for Beach Apples

  1. 4 out of 5

    TL

    3 or 3.5 stars averaged out I guess Love at First Sight Lachlan Wentworth didn’t believe in love at first sight. Attraction? Certainly. But not love, not the big “L.” He firmly believed you had to know a person before you could possibly fall in love with them. What if the person you fancied turned out to be a mass murderer? Okay, that was a bit extreme, but what if they were a bigot or a racist? Hated dogs? The attraction would quickly fade. 4 stars, very cute:) ----- The Present “No one should be 3 or 3.5 stars averaged out I guess Love at First Sight Lachlan Wentworth didn’t believe in love at first sight. Attraction? Certainly. But not love, not the big “L.” He firmly believed you had to know a person before you could possibly fall in love with them. What if the person you fancied turned out to be a mass murderer? Okay, that was a bit extreme, but what if they were a bigot or a racist? Hated dogs? The attraction would quickly fade. 4 stars, very cute:) ----- The Present “No one should be alone in their old age,” Rob thought. He was sure he was doing the right thing, despite his mother’s objections. “It’ll be too much trouble,” she had protested. “How will she manage?” “It’ll be fine.” He had tried to reassure her. He knocked perfunctorily on the door and turned the knob with one hand, pushing it open with his hip so he could manoeuvre the box he was carrying inside. 3.5 stars ---- Fire Sticks Author’s Note - This story is based on an Aboriginal legend “The First Fire” which explains how fire was first discovered. Ken pulled off his damp teeshirt, dragged his chair underneath the ceiling fan, and flopped down, wearing only his wet board shorts. He stretched out sandy feet and closed his eyes, the wind from the fan ruffling his auburn hair and temporarily drying the sweat on his forehead. He wished for the hundredth time that he had invested in air conditioning, but it was too late now, in the middle of a heat wave. He doubted there would be any units left in stock anywhere in the city. Even the pedestal fans had sold out two days ago at his local shopping centre. 3 stars... not bad, but I think this would have been better as a longer story. ----- Refugee Author’s Note. This story was written about an issue which is close to my heart and very topical in Australia at present. “What sort of woman would put her child on a dirty boat and risk their life to get to Australia? That’s certainly not my definition of a good mother!” The large white woman with a double chin and small eyes smiled virtuously at the camera. A middle-aged white man wearing a dark suit with a blue silk tie, and a receding hairline, chimed in earnestly. “What I want to know is, why don’t they wait their turn, like everybody else instead of jumping the queue?” 3 stars ---- Marvellous Matilda’s Motorised Horse “Stone the crows, Tilly! What the heck is it?” gasped Adelaide, clutching her bosom, such as it was. She took a hasty step back, away from the rather frightening looking creature in the shed that Matilda had just opened for her inspection. Her friend gazed proudly at her newest creation and absentmindedly rubbed a smear of grease even further across her cheek. “I call her Blue,” she announced. “She’s a Motor Horse, the first of her kind.” Adelaide continued to stare in a bewildered fashion at the monstrosity. It looked like nothing she had ever seen before. 4 stars ---- The Clue of the Dancing Robber “Secretary Murders Widowed Mistress in Adelaide LoveNest!” Vivian Sherlock glanced from the screaming headline on her daily newspaper to the pale young man sitting on the other side of her desk. He was perched on the edge of his seat, his clenched hands well on the way to ruining the brim of his hat. His Adam’s apple bobbed nervously. Vivian blew a perfect smoke ring through pursed red lips and frowned. She studied him for a moment before shifting her feet off the heavy desk and stubbing out her cigarette. 2.5 to three stars... that really wasn't an ending at all, another that would have benefited from being a longer story. ---- A Werewolf Ate My Teacher Year 9 was the best year of my life and the worst! (For anyone who didn’t go to my school, year 9 is the year most of us turned fourteen.) It was the year of violent crushes and intense friendships. If you were lucky, your crush was on someone totally unobtainable like Five Seconds of Summer or One Direction‒ you knew there was no future in it from the start. Any good looking teacher was considered fair game, although let’s be honest, no teacher with more than half a brain was ever going to look that way at a fourteen year old girl, let alone do anything about it. Not that it stopped anyone from dreaming! 1.5 to 2 stars... eh, didn't care for this one ---- The writing was better in some spots in others, but (with a few exceptions) wasn't very impressed overall

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael Mardel

    Beach apples by Loy is full of Australian drama. The most exciting was Firesticks as it used 3 POV and magic sticks which put out the fire. The other stories were Love at first sight, the Present (for his aunt), Refugee from the POV of a refugee, Marvellous Matida's motorised horse (and some bushrangers), the Clue of the dancing robber, and a Werewolf ate my teacher (the favourite). All in all a good read, especially if you like short stories like I do, and the added bonus of an Aussie flavour. Beach apples by Loy is full of Australian drama. The most exciting was Firesticks as it used 3 POV and magic sticks which put out the fire. The other stories were Love at first sight, the Present (for his aunt), Refugee from the POV of a refugee, Marvellous Matida's motorised horse (and some bushrangers), the Clue of the dancing robber, and a Werewolf ate my teacher (the favourite). All in all a good read, especially if you like short stories like I do, and the added bonus of an Aussie flavour.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Griffin

    Good but to short The stories where good but to short they just get started and end. I feel like they left me hanging.

  4. 4 out of 5

    De

    Did not enjoy, didn't bother to finish. Did not enjoy, didn't bother to finish.

  5. 5 out of 5

    glynis McClure

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ranzangel

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Allnutt

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Girdham

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Slater

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vera Loy

  11. 5 out of 5

    Liz

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jane

  13. 5 out of 5

    glenn cracknell

  14. 4 out of 5

    sheryll strickett

  15. 4 out of 5

    Haffina

  16. 4 out of 5

    larry fisher

  17. 4 out of 5

    Norma

  18. 4 out of 5

    amanda wilson

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steve Ward

  20. 4 out of 5

    FAY WALKER

  21. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Coggins

  22. 4 out of 5

    Devril Thompson

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jo Knight

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tina Oorschot

  25. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Anderson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lelouch

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lezli

  28. 5 out of 5

    Natalia Bonilla

  29. 5 out of 5

    Diana

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jo Garcia

  31. 4 out of 5

    Sheree

  32. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  33. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Hughes

  34. 5 out of 5

    janeen lester

  35. 4 out of 5

    Nguyen quang Viet

  36. 5 out of 5

    DAVID

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