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They say every picture tells a story. Well these thirteen stories develop pictures. Old snapshots from a time that really isn't all that long ago, but now seems far, far away. Faded photographs from yesteryear come to life in the articulate writing style of author Jeff R. Lonto.
Lonto, author of four non-fiction print books, dozens of articles and the Chronicles from the Analog Age Blog, presents his first e-book. "Old Snapshots, Volume 1," a compilation of "Quirky Short Stories from Out of the Past." The stories in "Old Snapshots" are based on people, places, events and slices of life the author has observed, written with a particular flair for detail and a slightly twisted sense of humor. Thirteen short stories at one low price.
Reader review by ErinBrew (courtesy of SmashWords):
The short stories in this collection mostly date back between the 1960s and 1980s – a time that a 30-something like me can only try to imagine, and this author tells it like it is. He not only includes elements that describe the past in great detail, but the relationships are perhaps some that one can also relate to today. But beware, these stories aren't for sensitive, delicate snowflakes! Like any era, men and women don't always have harmonious relationships, as these stories portray, and are very much someone's reality.
Digging deep into the glorified counterculture of the time, young men and boys taste their first bite of freedom, either in adolescence or college life, and experience what it means to make their own choices. But some of the stories don't really “happen” until a female character enters the scene, disrupting a carefree lifestyle and creating tension. Sometimes men and women just can't relate to one another. Perhaps the author is trying to tell us something about opposite genders in all stages of life.
“A trip at Granny's” was my favorite short story because it's the most honest recollection of memories given by the author. He captures sights, smells, and sounds very well in his style of writing. Although I come from a different generation, it reminded me of the first time I discovered my neighbor's new Nintendo in their dark but cozy basement room, full of beanbags, neon beer signs, pool table, and a lingering of stale smoke in the air. I think at age seven your senses are at their peak and everything makes for a powerful memory.
Lastly, there's a strong element of authenticity in the writing. The stories leave you wondering: What would have happened if young aspiring ladies hadn't butt-in? What are men without women, anyway? What takes away from creativity? Whose perspective is right? Which is more destructive: counterculture or conformity? The beauty is, it all depends on the reader.
Reader review by JillZung (courtesy of SmashWords):
This collection of short stories depicts the different humors of relationships both good and bad very well. He was able to not only interpret but also accurately relay the dangers of what a bad relationship can be and how sour it can go in "Love Crystal."
OLD SNAPSHOTS Volume 1
Quirky Short Stories from Out of the Past
by Jeff R. Lonto (e-book) ISBN 978-0-9660213-0-1
"All of these stories could have happened...maybe."
An underground radio station with a mysterious "seductive" voice. A psychedelic party at Grandma's house. The friendship between a lonely young woman and a 12-year-old boy. A rock 'n' roll band that tried to "get with the '80s." Teenage boys bested by a 13-year-old female cousin. A cute and sweet girlfriend from hell. The misadventures of a nightclub dee-jay-for-a-day. A junkyard where the neighborhood kids hung out. How a young waitress handled an unruly teenage friend. A beer can monument and the woman who hated it. A really, really nasty old man hosting a bizarre public access cable show. The adversarial friendship between a cynical male writer and his younger female editor. A civil defense alert.