Remember six weeks ago when I posted about Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow: Four Novellas by Daniel Nayeri? Well, one of the stories from the book, Straw, is now available free to Kindle readers.
Here's the story's description:
In this profoundly allegorical cutting-edge novella, a sizzling Western set on a farm filled with living toys, readers meet a young straw man who must lay his life on the line to defend his master's home, who loves a basil-eyed girl, and who searches for manhood through the fiery confusion of adolescence. If you enjoy reading "Straw House," check out Daniel Nayeri's three other whimsical riffs on classic genres, all available in the collection Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow.Here's my original post, too:
Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow: Four Novellas by Daniel Nayeri. Okay, no, this book isn't released until October, so I am jumping the gun. But from what I can tell it really doesn't have anything to do with fairy tales other than its borrowing the concept of straw, wood, brick and blow from The Three Little Pigs. That was enough to intrigue me.
Here's the publisher's description:
Written entirely on an iPhone, this quartet of YA novellas by Another Pan and Another Faust author Daniel Nayeri showcases four different genres.
This bold collection of novellas by Another series author Daniel Nayeri features four riveting tales. These modern riffs on classic genres will introduce young adult readers to a broad range of writing styles that explore universally compelling themes such as identity and belonging, betrayal and friendship, love and mortality.
Straw House: A Western sizzling with suspense, set in a land where a rancher grows soulless humans and a farmer grows living toys.
Wood House: This science-fiction tale plunges the reader into a future where reality and technology blend imperceptibly, and a teenage girl must race to save the world from a nano-revolution that a corporation calls "ReCreation Day."
Brick House: This detective story set in modern NYC features a squad of "wish police" and a team of unlikely detectives.
Blow: A comedic love story told by none other than Death himself, portrayed here as a handsome and charismatic hero who may steal your heart in more ways than one. With humor, suspense, and relatable prose, this hip and cutting-edge collection dazzles.
About the Author
Daniel Nayeri is a writer and editor in New York City. He loves pastry chefing and was once an award-winning stuntman.
And, no, I don't find it impressive this was written entirely on an iPhone. Toilet paper, paper, computer, iPhone, I don't care how or where it was composed, only if it is good. I hope it is because I am in love with the concept and the story descriptions are interesting, too. The kitschy stuff I can leave behind.