Tag: Short Stories

The Tale of Maximillion The Mouse by Mac Black

5 Stars Coloured


Review by Angela

This is a very endearing story of Maximillian The Mouse and is suitable from the age a toddler will listen to a story through to age 7 or 8, depending on the child’s ability. Appropriate and colourful illustrations accompany the rhyming text with nothing to scare a young child. The vocabulary is rich and varied with lots of words to stretch a child’s spelling, conversation and understanding.

Maximillion Mouse

Maximillian is an active and creative little mouse, and has to try to outwit Camilla the cat. An amusing and satisfying story for boys and girls, daytime or bedtime.

The book is soft backed with glossy front and back pages, the writing is large enough for youngsters to follow with their fingers and the illustrations match the wording on the current page.


Christmas Spirit by Nicola May


Four Stars


Christmas SpiritThis is a lovely Christmas themed story, short enough to read in an afternoon. The characters are endearing and different from each other with just jilted Evie, funny man-mad Beatrice, and c and thought provoking Yves.

Evie has split up with her boyfriend just before Christmas and so she’s upset, penniless and not looking forward to Christmas at all. To keep her mind off her ex-boyfriend on Christmas Day, she agrees to work in a homeless shelter serving food. Here she meets enigmatic Yves and meets him at various places over the next few days.

A heart-warming Christmas story with a touch of magic and an unexpected twist.


Dorchadas House by Emmanuelle de Maupassant

4 and half 1

From the start, this gothic style short story feels atmospheric and eerie. There is a feeling of unease from Chapter 1 when Iris is caring for her father. Nothing certain is said but there is a disturbing feeling. After her father’s death, Iris travels by boat to a Scottish island to take up a new position with Mrs McInnes, overseeing the re-decoration of Dorchadas House and afterwards to deal with the guests of the newly furbished house.

Dorchadas House

There is a tense yet curious atmosphere with wary locals and the strange newcomer to the house and island, but it doesn’t take long for Iris to meet and become physical with Mrs McInnes’s two sons, Eachainn and Neas. The two brothers are quite frightening characters, brusque and mocking, yet Iris has strong feelings of lust for having both brothers. And then there’s the old Laird, upstairs sick in bed, never seen but Iris hears strange noises, footsteps in the corridor at night and strange wailing like a baby.

There is more than a hint of fairytale/folklore with a smooth, flat topped stone with a hole large enough to crawl through, at the centre of a maze in the garden. A hint that entering and passing through the stone circle is a kind of fertility ring.

The attention to detail and the use of language gives this book depth of time and place. The writing and editing is impeccable and the story telling exquisite. By the end you will want to visit one of these ancient Scottish islands for yourself!

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Emmanuelle de Maupassant


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Viking Thunder by Emmanuelle de Maupassant

Five Stars

This short story is another raunchy masterpiece by Emmanuelle de Maupassant. Erotic literature isn’t my usual choice of reading but Emmanuelle’s professional writing style and interesting storylines always make for a good read.

Viking Thunder 1

This story goes way back to the days of Viking invasion, days when we were still living in mud and straw huts and hunting boar in the woods. The descriptions of their home, the clothes they wore and the smells, all give a satisfyingly real feel – you can imagine the matted hair, coarse dresses, the men’s leather bodices and the smell of animal and humans living close together. Being a short story, about an hour’s reading time, the characters are briefly described in their appearance and who’s who, but there just isn’t time to delve into their personalities.

Elswyth is the lead female character who herself is the offspring of a previous Viking raid. She has the flaxen hair of the Norse or Northmen, and is seen as ‘different’ by the others in the village. When the village comes under attack, Elswyth’s husband is brutally murdered in front of her as are all the men of the village. Just some of the women and children are spared for their ‘usefulness’ to the savage Vikings. The Viking leader, Eirik, takes a liking to Elswyth and, in true Viking nature, he takes her as he wants her. But, there is more than a spark of wantonness in Elswyth. Viking Thunder’s sex is raw, base and earthy – what do you expect, it’s about invading Vikings.  An excellent start to this Viking series.

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Baby Love by Emmanuelle de Maupassant

4 and half 1

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. Emmanuelle de Maupassant is known for her writing of erotic fiction and I wasn’t expecting too much ‘steam’ with the book being about the pregnancy of the main character. Well, even with a heavily blossoming tummy you can have a lust or two with hunky Italian lotharios hanging around!

Baby Love

Baby Love is written in the style of a diary and also uses text and phrasing as if you had written your own diary, cutting out all the ‘me’s and ‘I’s which are obvious really.

Delphine’s husband is good looking and good in the sack, he knows it as well as Delphine . . . and so does the lady next door! It’s terrible timing when at Christmas, Delphine finds herself pregnant and husbandless.  I’m sure we’ve all made the wrong choice of bloke somewhere along the line and can feel for the bleak outlook of her life. I loved Delphine as a character, she didn’t deserve the hand she’d been dealt, and I sympathised with her situation.  Delphine has hit rock bottom when her well meaning sisters come to the rescue and cause more hilarity at the spa they’ve booked the three of them into.

Overall, a very good and funny story with moments of pathos. The wry outlook on life and the ironic humour makes this a well worth satirical read.

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