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  1. Thread: Colette's Coffee

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    I'm glad you reposted it. I missed it the first...

    I'm glad you reposted it. I missed it the first time around. Really enjoyed it! I did something similar with a story called Lonely People which I posted here some time ago.
  2. Thread: A Midnight Fable

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    Many thanks Danik 2016. I wasn't sure if readers...

    Many thanks Danik 2016. I wasn't sure if readers would be able to make sense of what was going on in this story which was why I posted it - to get feedback.
  3. Thread: A Midnight Fable

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    A Midnight Fable

    A Midnight Fable

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    DATo

    DISPATCH TEAM - Artists: Muriel - Hesiod
    SUBJECT - Amanda Mercer - Age 14
    CASE NUMBER - UVX/18954607/94b
    MISSION - Embed SOR Level #4
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    Werewolf (Reprising for Halloween)

    Werewolf

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    DATo


    Late upon a rainy, winter evening in 1874, in keeping with their weekly custom, a group of eleven distinguished friends were gathered at the Junior Carlton Club for...
  5. Thread: Tell Me A Joke

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    This is purportedly a true story: Queen...

    This is purportedly a true story:

    Queen Elizabeth II was hosting the king of Tonga. They were reviewing a parade and ceremonial mounted soldiers were positioned in front of them on a slightly...
  6. Thread: Liberty

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    Excellent effort !

    I enjoyed reading this very much. You painted an excellent depiction of an idealized life for your protagonist. I have always been a great fan of short stories which include clever twists and yours...
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    In my opinion the best translation by far is the...

    In my opinion the best translation by far is the Putnam translation.
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    Very humorous and enjoyable read. Ending a little...

    Very humorous and enjoyable read. Ending a little flat, but not a big problem. I like the epistle form of this story as a device. It is a refreshing format change from the usual.
  9. Oh, I totally agree with you regarding the way...

    Oh, I totally agree with you regarding the way the dwarves were written, very funny and well-written indeed. I just have a problem reconciling German dwarves with St. Patrick's Day but once again I...
  10. I like the style in which you wrote this. Some of...

    I like the style in which you wrote this. Some of the background narrative reminded me of William Sydney Porter. I also very much appreciated the inclusion of dialect. I know from experience that...
  11. Thread: Fall Autumn, Fall

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    Very interesting on several levels. I enjoyed it....

    Very interesting on several levels. I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.
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    Very nicely done! The story had me hooked from...

    Very nicely done! The story had me hooked from start to finish. No complaints but a more shocking ending might have been "across the doorway" rather than "across the road".

    Thanks for sharing with...
  13. Thread: The Hearts of Men

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    I liked it. I think you managed to articulate the...

    I liked it. I think you managed to articulate the narrator's philosophy well and the voice was very consistent. I found myself smiling and nodding in agreement at times though conscious of Little...
  14. Thread: Hope

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    Greetings t0sh, I was immediately impressed...

    Greetings t0sh,

    I was immediately impressed with the quality of your phrasing and this inspired me to want to read more. The piece is well written and thoughtfully constructed.

    I think the...
  15. Thread: Lonely Peple

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    I've been haunted by an irrepressible desire to...

    I've been haunted by an irrepressible desire to know the true inspiration behind the song so I did a bit of research ...

    I was sitting at the piano when I thought of it. The first few bars just...
  16. Thread: Don Quixote

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    One of my favorite books of all time. The humor...

    One of my favorite books of all time. The humor is a fresh today as it was in the 1600s.
  17. Thread: Top predator

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    I like the style of it. I don't know what you...

    I like the style of it.

    I don't know what you mean by the "smell". Can one smell an alligator? Are we talking about decomposing flesh? I honestly don't know and would beg to be enlightened.

    I...
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    Sancho Panza from Don Quixote by Cervantes. A...

    Sancho Panza from Don Quixote by Cervantes.

    A close second would be Mr. McCawber from Dickens' David Copperfield.
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    Greetings PeterL ! It is so exciting to meet a...

    Greetings PeterL !

    It is so exciting to meet a self-proclaimed Neanderthal, but of course you are wrong so stop running about claiming to be one - you're frightening the children! Neanderthals...
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    Thanks to all who responded to this thread. I had...

    Thanks to all who responded to this thread. I had no idea when I submitted it that it would draw so much interest.

    1) Pompey Bum is quite correct. There is no year 0. An obvious gaff for which I...
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    The Damned Human Race

    The Damned Human Race

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    I read somewhere that men first domesticated animals about 80,000 years ago. Then in the year 0 we find Romans building aqueducts and roads. In other words it...
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    I like this a lot. Very well written and laced...

    I like this a lot. Very well written and laced (rather than drowned) in humor - exactly the right touch.

    I have a penchant for twist endings and I immediately thought of Saki's short story, Mrs...
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  24. Thread: Untitled

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    A nice snapshot. I like it. I especially like the...

    A nice snapshot. I like it. I especially like the term chatter-taunt. It is precisely on the mark! *L*
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this piece. Excellent story...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this piece. Excellent story and excellent delivery. The narrative was straightforward and entirely believable. Each scene and character was described in a manner which added to...
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