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Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups by Andrew Joyce

Front cover of Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups by Andrew Joyce, fiction, short stories, anthology, Reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews
Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups is a jumble of genres—seven hundred pages of fiction and non-fiction … some stories included against the author’s better judgment. If he had known that one day they’d be published, he might not have been as honest when describing his past.
Here is a tome of true stories about the author’s criminal and misspent youth, historical accounts of the United States when She was young, and tales of imagination encompassing every conceivable variety—all presented as though the author is sitting next to you at a bar and you’re buying the drinks as long as he keeps coming up with captivating stories to hold your interest.

Comprised of 218,000 words, you’ll have plenty to read for the foreseeable future. This is a book to have on your night table, to sample a story each night before extinguishing the lights and drifting off to a restful sleep.

Mr. Joyce sincerely hopes that you will enjoy his stories because, as he has stated, “It took a lot of living to come up with the material for some of them.”
Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories, Anthology
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: September 21, 2017

Review

Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups is a collection of very short and longer stories within a variety of genres; including mystery, Western, and horror. Several stories really stood out from the crowd:

"The Swamp" is a tantalizing short horror story reminiscent of the urban legends that teenager told when hitchhikers mysteriously disappeared in their areas.

"Probabilities" is set in Iraq during the Gulf War. A mission goes sideways when a soldier mistakes civilians for enemies. Afterward, the soldier cannot shake the memory of the incident and desperately tries to cope with the emotional turmoil the memories cause.

"Again" is a German WWI veteran's narrative about the rise of Hitler, his time in concentration camps, his emancipation from the camp, and his journey afterward which leads him to America.

"Danny the Dog" stories which are narrated by Danny himself. The picture of Danny included with his first story is priceless, and the stories are close to how I imagine Lexi sees the world.

"Boxcars" is an interesting tale about life on the rails for a young hobo. I loved the characters, their adventures, and the sense of freedom that is imbued in the story.

"How I Became A Detective" is a delightful story about how Herbert Walker, an accountant becomes a detective. I found it both intriguing and humorous; especially when Herbert's first newspaper ad for his new agency was a dismal failure because he used the term "private dick" in the ad.

"Against the Wind" is a Gold Rush success story about how a young man who was down on his luck struck it rich.

Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups by Andrew Joyce is engaging enough to keep you from ruminating about life's worries before going to sleep, but the individual stories aren't so long that you'll be reading well past your bedtime. The Westerns and other historical short stories seem to be historically accurate, and Joyce's down-to-earth narrative style lends credibility to the characters and their narratives. An overall great bedtime read for just about anyone!

About Andrew Joyce

Andrew Joyce, Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups,
Andrew Joyce, author.
Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn't return from his journey until years later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written five books. His first novel, Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, was awarded the Editors' Choice Award for Best Western of 2013. A subsequent novel, Yellow Hair, received the Book of the Year award from Just Reviews and Best Historical Fiction of 2016 from Colleen's Book Reviews.

Joyce now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, tentatively entitled, Mahoney: An American Story.

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