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The Gingerbread Collection ➽ [Download] ➺ The Gingerbread Collection By Victor A. Davis ➸ – Thomashillier.co.uk When two children sneak into a candy factory to steal sweets, they risk capture by the dreaded superintendent, the Candy Man In the title story, Gingerbread, Victor A Davis brings all the force of the When two children sneak into a candy factory to steal sweets, they risk capture by the dreaded superintendent, the Candy Man In the title story, Gingerbread, Victor A Davis brings all the force of the contemporary literary short story to bear on this reimagining of Peter Rabbit In this and other stories, he lures The Gingerbread PDF \ you in to the many worlds of his darkly colorful imagination From a touching scene at an ordinary diner to the moment man first tamed fire, he surprises From the travelogues of Patagonian and Peruvian wanderers to the emotional forces hiding in a young boy s closet at night, he entreats.

  • ebook
  • 239 pages
  • The Gingerbread Collection
  • Victor A. Davis
  • English
  • 10 September 2018

About the Author: Victor A. Davis

Victor A Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread PDF \ The Gingerbread Collection In , he and his wife thru hiked the Appalachian Trail He is currently adapting his travel journals into a speculative historical fiction novel, Wick.



10 thoughts on “The Gingerbread Collection

  1. Rebecca Gransden Rebecca Gransden says:

    Lost is lost, but there is nothing quite like being lost in the woods This strong collection of short stories takes the bones of the fairytale and inverts the predominant effect If bedtime stories and ageless myth persist in one sense to attempt to frame the fearful chaos of natural existence, these stories reclaim the unforgiving silence that comes back at us by bringing us full circle If man be the modern monster then he steps forth here, out from the shadow, out from the trees The rebrand Lost is lost, but there is nothing quite like being lost in the woods This strong collection of short stories takes the bones of the fairytale and inverts the predominant effect If bedtime stories and ageless myth persist in one sense to attempt to frame the fearful chaos of natural existence, these stories reclaim the unforgiving silence that comes back at us by bringing us full circle If man be the modern monster then he steps forth here, out from the shadow, out from the trees The rebranding of the classic is executed in a deft way, and this collection has craft written all over it The standout stories read like a turn of the century slasher, the grounding of the writing style letting the tales unfold and breathe with urgent suspense.Throughout there is a keen and engaging depth of character As children face up to the excitements of pushing their limits, the limits push back hard A couple trust themselves to the wild and it comes back to bite them in an unremittingly terrifying way The blood of the untamed is unleashed in the form of a haunting canine The power some may say primitive but the natural world is out there and as vital and contemporary as anything else whether we engage with it or not that underlies these stories rests in a deep understanding of nature, of the boundless tension that our interaction with it creates, about how easily pathways can fork in radically anarchic ways.Inevitably there are stories that impressthan others The best here are very good indeed, and every story included had enjoyable elements The collection left me with the feeling that the author had taken considerable care to ensure that each story had been worked on until all that could be made of it had been That s a great way to leave any reading experience and one of the reasons why I look forward to samplingfrom Victor A Davis

  2. Leo Robertson Leo Robertson says:

    Davis writes science fiction, fantasy, re imagined fables, local myths, and as far as I can tell, nails every style The writing is clean, the voice is clear and reminiscent of Ray Bradbury, good Stephen King and resident indie Luke Marsden.Beautiful turns of phrase meet refreshing earnestness, optimism, hope for change, original speculations and imaginative futures, but also tension and horror that is enhanced simply by being implied and never revealed difficult to pull off GR fans looking to Davis writes science fiction, fantasy, re imagined fables, local myths, and as far as I can tell, nails every style The writing is clean, the voice is clear and reminiscent of Ray Bradbury, good Stephen King and resident indie Luke Marsden.Beautiful turns of phrase meet refreshing earnestness, optimism, hope for change, original speculations and imaginative futures, but also tension and horror that is enhanced simply by being implied and never revealed difficult to pull off GR fans looking to support their indies should turn to Davis at their earliest convenience he won t disappoint D

  3. Alexandra Engellmann Alexandra Engellmann says:

    Victor A Davis has a vision He can take any idea and turn it into a story full of meaning and depth, a story that can inspire you, shake you to the core, or both From simple life situations to horror stories, he has mastered the genre, and whichever of his short stories you pick up, you won t be disappointed My favorite was The Flying Kite, although The Night At The Lake has also left a strong impression, especially, with its surprising ending I recommend this book to the fans of the short Victor A Davis has a vision He can take any idea and turn it into a story full of meaning and depth, a story that can inspire you, shake you to the core, or both From simple life situations to horror stories, he has mastered the genre, and whichever of his short stories you pick up, you won t be disappointed My favorite was The Flying Kite, although The Night At The Lake has also left a strong impression, especially, with its surprising ending I recommend this book to the fans of the short story genre, but also, to those who are looking for something great to read on the road, over the weekend, or before sleep Sometimes there s no time for a big book, but you still want to feel the story and every emotion in it For those times, The Gingerbread Collection is a perfect choice

  4. Whispering Stories Whispering Stories says:

    This is a compilation of 12 short stories The title conjures up sweetness The reality is far from that with some of these tales Each one is quite different to the next, and the majority were thought provoking with how they delved into the human psyche Some I liked, some I didn t.Monster and MeThis was the first of the short stories and one that I really enjoyed reading It was about self doubt and fear It was about finding inner strength, listening to the voice in your head, facing your fea This is a compilation of 12 short stories The title conjures up sweetness The reality is far from that with some of these tales Each one is quite different to the next, and the majority were thought provoking with how they delved into the human psyche Some I liked, some I didn t.Monster and MeThis was the first of the short stories and one that I really enjoyed reading It was about self doubt and fear It was about finding inner strength, listening to the voice in your head, facing your fears and that there s nothing to fear but fear itself I think everyone will be able to connect with this story because everyone has a fear of some kind.Courthouse Wedding This was a beautiful story that drills home the message that marriage doesn t have to be about the big white wedding with tens of thousands of pounds spent on it It s about love About the future About happiness I d always been dismissive of those weddings where multiple couples get married in the one place at the same time, but this opened my eyes and changed my opinion.The Bargain An interesting piece set one hundred thousand years ago Two creatures men given the power of fire They have two choices One, to use it for good to keep warm, to cook food, provide energy Two, to use it for evil to create war, to instil fear and power, to destroy Both are powerful choices but living in the present you can see both have existed side by side It s a story of opportunities, of choices, of consequence It s a clever and thought provoking piece.GingerbreadI wasn t so keen on this story It was gripping yet a little too disturbing for my liking I felt that the character of The Candy Man was far too bullish and evil and in today s society You just don t do what he did to the children It was so harrowing that I thought he was going to take the brutality to another level It was an interesting modern twist on Peter Rabbit.A Night at the Lake Another shocking piece It was fast paced and well written, but I didn t like it as it was quite dark and violent The two main characters, Natalie and Brenan, are spotted making love on a beach by a group of young men and a woman As soon as this happened there was a threatening air that something sinister lurked You get a real sense of doom, and the men turn out to be complete animals I thought the story would end differently to how it did It was a good piece of writing and the story gets into your head to the point that you can t put it down until you reach the end.Shiva The story is one that keeps you reading but the end was a bit open I felt there was no real plot It just seemed to be about a wild dog, a family who had adopted that dog, and a strange lady who had magical powers linked to the dog The dog kept running off, and then returning The lady had some kind of power over it Perhaps I missed the whole point of it and there is something in this story It just wasn t for me.I haven t commented on all the stories in this collection as a few of them just washed over me Some of the stories are dark and disturbing, and some are positive A few of them don t even seem to have a conclusion to them The book on a whole isn t one for me but that s not to say someone else won t enjoy reading it.I can t give the book four or five stars because I didn t enjoy all the stories equally.Reviewed by Jodie at www.whisperingstories.com

  5. Dan Buri Dan Buri says:

    An excellent collection of stories that reinvents the fairy tale Author Davis is impressive with his descriptive story telling and imaginative settings He brings the reader into each diverse story with ease I felt like I was thrust amongst the characters and apart of the book.The title story, Gingerbread, is a dark, inventive recreation of a children s fairy tale The story is reminiscent of many classic German fairy tales passed down over the years Davis colors his dark canvas with fear and An excellent collection of stories that reinvents the fairy tale Author Davis is impressive with his descriptive story telling and imaginative settings He brings the reader into each diverse story with ease I felt like I was thrust amongst the characters and apart of the book.The title story, Gingerbread, is a dark, inventive recreation of a children s fairy tale The story is reminiscent of many classic German fairy tales passed down over the years Davis colors his dark canvas with fear and suspense worthy to be included in ranks of German tales

  6. Jessyca Garcia Jessyca Garcia says:

    I was asked to review The Gingerbread Collection as a special request by the author, Victor A Davis Having read his work before, I was excited to do so Davis has a gift of taking innocent fairy tales and turning them into your worst nightmares This book is a collection of twelve of his short stories Not all of the stories in this book are scary but they will all leave you with an impression.The first story in The Gingerbread Collection happens to be my favorite The story Monster and M I was asked to review The Gingerbread Collection as a special request by the author, Victor A Davis Having read his work before, I was excited to do so Davis has a gift of taking innocent fairy tales and turning them into your worst nightmares This book is a collection of twelve of his short stories Not all of the stories in this book are scary but they will all leave you with an impression.The first story in The Gingerbread Collection happens to be my favorite The story Monster and Me is a tale everyone can connect to because everyone has something they fear This story actually made me want to takechances in my life I have never thought of fear as a monster but now it is stuck in my head that way The other story that I really liked was Alexander s Wall This story is about a photographer who wants to take the ultimate picture He learns that not all pictures are meant to be captured by technology The story A Night at the Lake I can see being made into a scary movie The story reminded me of a Jason movie but with a better ending This book contains two stories I have read before, Shiva and Gingerbread Both are good, scary stories but Shiva is the story that has never left my mind I blame Davis a little for making me hesitant around loose dogs now.If you like to read short stories or stories that give you goosebumps, then you should read this book Davis does not disappoint with his stories I cannot wait to see his take onfairy tales

  7. Jaq Hazell Jaq Hazell says:

    Victor A Davis has a talent for suspense The darker stories in the Gingerbread Collection had me gripped and fearing the worst.The title story Gingerbread begins with a dare that soon descends into full on horror And again the story A Night at the Lake is told in taut, suspenseful prose that puts you right there with the characters willing the protagonist to survive.The Flying Kite, said to be based on a true story, has the feel of an urban myth Guillermo Faulkner is a man who is constantly o Victor A Davis has a talent for suspense The darker stories in the Gingerbread Collection had me gripped and fearing the worst.The title story Gingerbread begins with a dare that soon descends into full on horror And again the story A Night at the Lake is told in taut, suspenseful prose that puts you right there with the characters willing the protagonist to survive.The Flying Kite, said to be based on a true story, has the feel of an urban myth Guillermo Faulkner is a man who is constantly on the move, travelling resourcefully and alone in the South American wilderness, his wife always a few days ahead of him The story has a melancholic, otherworldly feel as Guillermo s love and relentless pursuit of what he has lost can only lead him in one direction.This collection moves between every day struggles in stories such as Change, to never ending love and tales of how peculiar people can be Poinsettias and the darker threat that lurks nearby in stories such as Shiva, Gingerbread and A Night at the Lake A compelling, thought provoking collection with heart and soul

  8. Christina Browne Christina Browne says:

    i enjoyed these stories i believe some of these have morals in them each one a tale to remember

  9. Victor Davis Victor Davis says:

    Wow, so incredibly humbled by and proud of my first public review Thank you Joel R Dennstedt of Reader s Favorite by Joel R Dennstedt for Readers FavoriteThe Gingerbread Collection Short Stories by Victor A Davis immediately reveals the efforts of a master craftsman hard at work creating what appears to be an effortlessly produced, highly polished, perfectly edited, exquisitely written, fine tuned set of finished t Wow, so incredibly humbled by and proud of my first public review Thank you Joel R Dennstedt of Reader s Favorite by Joel R Dennstedt for Readers FavoriteThe Gingerbread Collection Short Stories by Victor A Davis immediately reveals the efforts of a master craftsman hard at work creating what appears to be an effortlessly produced, highly polished, perfectly edited, exquisitely written, fine tuned set of finished tales Upon opening the book to partake in these delights, the reader immediately relaxes, knowing that he or she is in the hands of a professional writer and master storyteller The style of writing is impeccable, exhibiting a perfect balance of necessary information, descriptive detail, and allocated momentum uniquely relevant to the action immediately at hand, with finely measured doses of anxious tension to make one hesitate before recklessly plunging on ahead All for the purpose of entertaining the avid reader with intriguing, helplessly engaging plots.The title story, called simply Gingerbread, retells the story of Hansel and Gretel in a totally modern setting withanticipatory involvement than the original, and with a decidedlygripping and perhapsmorally demanding finale to the tale You will be deeply touched, affected, and morally offended that is guaranteed You will also have been deeply involved and entertained that too is guaranteed This holds true with all of the stories in The Gingerbread Collection especially one really horrifying tale , in which each tale so completely unique unto itself that choosing a favorite is not only impossible but somehow inappropriate seduces the reader into a new and different spot to be, watching with a kind of participatory gaze the events of life so particular to that specific tale I am attempting to convey here the incredibly lucid sense of reality that permeates each story, immersing the reader quite helplessly as he becomes a participant in the telling That is what a great storyteller does, and make no mistake, Victor A Davis is a great storyteller

  10. Leonie Byrne Leonie Byrne says:

    I was contacted a little while ago by the author of this short story collection The Gingerbread Collection through my website asking if I d mind doing a review piece on it Of course I was absolutely delighted and agreed immediately So first of all I d like to say thank you to Victor A Davies for giving me the opportunity to read his stories in exchange for an honest review.Now, I haven t read many short story collections I was introduced to them initially when I started reading Dubliners as I was contacted a little while ago by the author of this short story collection The Gingerbread Collection through my website asking if I d mind doing a review piece on it Of course I was absolutely delighted and agreed immediately So first of all I d like to say thank you to Victor A Davies for giving me the opportunity to read his stories in exchange for an honest review.Now, I haven t read many short story collections I was introduced to them initially when I started reading Dubliners as part of my Literature module at university I then tacked George RR Martin editor s collection Rogues and went on to read a fewcollections including a lot of short stories by Karin Slaughter and some by Cecelia Ahern and Milly Johnson It s definitely broadened my horizons in terms of what is expected of a short story which has helped me immensely with my creative writing modules of my degree.Anyway back to The Gingerbread Collection What is most evident in this collection is the authors ability to take any idea or genre and turn it into a story From simple exchanges in everyday life which expose emotions and thoughts beyond the nature of the story and give you food for thought yourself to horror, suspense and science fiction he s nailed it There was not one story I didn t enjoy My particular favourites however were The Night at the Lake, Shiva and Gingerbread There are many references to mythology as well as literature particularly HG Wells in the science fiction story which I thought were great touches and showed some of the authors influences Not only did the stories engage the readers interest but they also explored places and old stories which one may not have thought about before Each story left you with a thought about what might happen next allowing you to draw your own conclusions but also leaving you with a sense of loss at the end with no satisfaction gained on what might have happened This is a talent shared with writers like James Joyce and really, for me, shows that this author has nailed the short story process completely I really look forward to hearingfrom this author in the future One to watch

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