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It is a mystical world filled with unusual, horrifying but thrilling elements. There we have a girl, who can give a shiver down your spine just by her ghostly stare; a man who can brutally kill his family but wake up the next day morning with absolute innocence; a pretty good girl that divided between her chances and choices; a man who carries his dreadful past and still bewildered about his present. It is a world of humans and beasts. The humans who are scared to make even a move and the beasts that would tear humans limb from limb, jaws stretching wide, teeth bared, gleaming fangs exposed, shiny white with saliva, with their huge, swollen, red tongue slashing wildly from side to side.

Stories! We crave for stories as much a Capuchin monkey for grapes. Storytelling is one of the oldest arts in human history but one would wonder, during our hunting-and-gathering past, why would we take the time to sit and listen to someone tell a story? Are we somehow “hard wired” for narrative? Why does the modern person take time away from a busy lifestyle, from career and family, for novels and films? Let us keep these questions for the psychologists and anthropologists to answer, and indulge ourselves in 5Stories!

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5Stories is a monthly digital only magazine in which every issue features 5 stories across various genres. 5Stories aims to be at the forefront of storytelling, pushing the boundaries while exploring the best and the most exciting short stories. Only original, previously unpublished short stories appear on 5Stories. It facilitates connections between emerging writers and global readers at large.

 

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Thoughts about “The Go Again”

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What is in “The Go-Again” for me? It wants me to hop on its merry-go-round for a ride or two or three. Now that’s a fun idea, living two times around – or more. But do we ever learn from the past? No answer here in the story, just the hint that a third and even more tragic “go-again” could happen.

     Behind it all we have a character, our narrator, who keeps repeating his own mistakes – and apparently will be doing just that yet another time. I keep thinking, maybe he should use one or two or three lives to get to the bottom of the jealousy that seems to be following him from life, to life, to life. Seen from a psychological point of view, he seems to have had pretty much the same emotional development in each of his lives: he just does not know how to deal with the problem of jealousy. Could we arrange three couches so that this one person could get individual help for each of his three existences?

     But then again, I’m no great fan of psychological realism.

I like ideas that develop, symbols that evolve, meanings that tangle. It would not hurt this merry-go-round to revolve around something more significant than an expensive bottle of whiskey.

     There are some mistakes in grammar, the “rosy cheeked rogue” should come between “Sherrie and ME” – at least until
so many people have made the same mistake that our language once and for all loses its pronominal characteristics. Or is our narrator Huck Finning it? And then there is the whiskey that tastes of anachronism. What does that mean? That it is aged?

     Why the tale itself? Just for fun? I think Vonnegut has done this kind of thing better: but his go-arounds always revolved on something meaningful, his plot spinners were often more inventive. That’s what I call fun. 

 

by John von Daler

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You can follow him at johnvondaler.blogspot.dk

 

The story Go-Again has appeared in the first issue of ‘5Stories’. You can read the complete story at http://www.scribd.com/doc/213660434/5Stories-Issue1-Short-Stories-eMagazine

What do we have in the maiden issue of 5Stories?

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It is a mystical world filled with unusual, horrifying but thrilling elements. There we have a girl, who can give a shiver down your spine just by her ghostly stare; a man who can brutally kill his family but wake up the next day morning with absolute innocence; a pretty good girl that divided between her chances and choices; a man who carries his dreadful past and still bewildered about his present. It is a world of humans and beasts. The humans who are scared to make even a move and the beasts that would tear humans limb from limb, jaws stretching wide, teeth bared, gleaming fangs exposed, shiny white with saliva, with their huge, swollen, red tongue slashing wildly from side to side.

Stories! We crave for stories as much a Capuchin monkey for grapes. Storytelling is one of the oldest arts in human history but one would wonder, during our hunting-and-gathering past, why would we take the time to sit and listen to someone tell a story? Are we somehow “hard wired” for narrative? Why does the modern person take time away from a busy lifestyle, from career and family, for novels and films? Let us keep these questions for the psychologists and anthropologists to answer, and indulge ourselves in 5Stories!
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5Stories is a monthly digital only magazine in which every issue features 5 stories across various genres. 5Stories aims to be at the forefront of storytelling, pushing the boundaries while exploring the best and the most exciting short stories. Only original, previously unpublished short stories appear on 5Stories. It facilitates connections between emerging writers and global readers at large.

Grab your copy at http://www.scribd.com/doc/213660434/5Stories-Issue1-Short-Stories-eMagazine

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