Half a Dozen Star Jumps



[Reading] ➽ Half a Dozen Star Jumps Author Helen J. Beal – E17streets4all.co.uk A woodpecker who creates sculptures for the opera singer he adores a sculpture that collects the thoughts of the people who touch him ghosts of owls that portent death in the castle a secret night tim A woodpecker who creates sculptures for the Dozen Star PDF/EPUB é opera singer he adores a sculpture that collects the thoughts of the people who touch him ghosts of owls that portent death in the castle a secret night time visitor finding his own way to say goodbye mobile phones that metamorphosize into fruit on the strike of midnight and help stitch a marriage back together Half a ePUB Æ and the last survivors on earth – on the moonMetaphysical anthropomorphological spiritual and fantastical this collection of short stories stretch and bend the imagination explore the nature and endurance of love across time and across space and see how frictions can create fractures.Half a Dozen Star Jumps

Helen J Beal was born in York Dozen Star PDF/EPUB é in the north of England in She has a degree in English Literature and Language from London University and a professional background in Information Technology sales specializing in creating and growing start up businessesShe is the author of three novels Thirty Seconds Before Midnight Rich in Small Things and Riding a Tiger and a Half a ePUB Æ collection of short stories.

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  • Hardcover
  • 68 pages
  • Half a Dozen Star Jumps
  • Helen J. Beal
  • 28 April 2016
  • 9781909354104

10 thoughts on “Half a Dozen Star Jumps

  1. says:

    Half a dozen really well written and surprising short stories in a collection that is full of variety Emotion slips in between the lines and the stories bring a feeling of freshness and discovery The author obviously loves words and combines them in lyrically satisfying ways Normally I pull out some lovely turn of phrase or another for illustration but this collection is full of them they greet you with each page turn And every story offered something new The tenderness in the first story 'The Sculptor's Muse' appealed to the animal lover in me 'Blackberry and Apple Crumble' made me laugh in a few places both at the things said and because of the gradually revealed absurdist development Other stories spoke to me about my concerns over human population or enduring love or how to say goodbye I really enjoyed this collection

  2. says:

    I read Half a Dozen Star Jumps in one sitting A most entertaining read All the stories are very fresh and different It sparks your own imagination If asked I would not be able to pick a favourite but I particulary liked Blackberry and Apple Crumble The Jigsaw Fairy and Flutter to a Fall I would most certainly read from this author

  3. says:

    I won a copy on Goodreads FirstreadsThis is a collection of six short stories by Helen JBielThe stories do not fit neatly into any one genre but they all share the same lyrical style of storytellingIt is very shortonly 56 pagesI would give this book 45 stars if I couldI would give it the full 5 stars but there was just so few stories that it left me wanting The stories cover a fairly wide range of subjectsThere is a classic haunted castle storyThe tale of the last humans looking down on the dead Earth from their home on the MoonA son who looks for something he can do to make his parents remember him when he leaves homeCell phones that undergo a magical transformation and help to bring a failing marriage back togetherA story of loss and moving on as told by the thoughts stored in a sculptureEven the story of a woodpecker who finds his creative muse in an opera singerThese stories reminded me of sketches then a full blown paintingA few masterful strokes present just enough of a guideline for the viewerreader in this case to get the story while leaving enough room for the viewer to fill in the parts that aren't seen in the workThe stories are very evocative easy stirring imagesThey will stay with you and you may find yourself trying different ways to imagine how the story might continue after the final pageThe only problems I had with this collection were that it was so short and the cover designThe white writing on a light gray cover was not the easiest thing to readIn fact I did not even see the writing on the back of the book the first time I looked at itSo overall a very good if short collection

  4. says:

    I received this book as a prize on goodreadsThis book is a collection of easy to read uirky short stories Each story is set in a world that is almost but not uite real yet manages to feel very real

  5. says:

    Only a few stories in this volume but they are really well written and engaging I will definitely be looking out for by this author

  6. says:

    Six short but fascinating stories My personal favorite would have to be The Jigsaw Fairy I think It's a tough choice as I really liked all of them

  7. says:

    Half a Dozen Star Jumps by Helen J Beal is a collection of six short storiesThe first The Sculptor's Muse is the story of an artist enchanted by a singer Red black and white play a motif through this short and sweet story Inspiration comes in many forms and a muse can be a reciprocal thingIn the second Blackberry and Apple Crumble a young married couple are hitting a few snags in their very new marriage This causes a lot of tension So when they discover that both their phones are missing they are uick to blame each other Can the Christmas spirit and some delicious treats bring back the spark?This is a humorous little story that defines the saying You are what you eatThirdly there is The Jigsaw Fairy Dan ran away from home in the middle of the night three years ago when he was sixteen His parents were overly critical and unsupportive so he just packed up and left One Christmas Eve he left a jigsaw puzzle on their doorstop Now he's breaking into the house to finish it for them He's certainly planning on leaving his markNext is The Blight of Blossom An old woman looks out over a cherry orchard and reminisces about how the human race fell leaving a few survivors to rebuild on the moon They live in a biodome where everything is controlled She remembers what life was like before the end came and what's come since Loneliness has many formsIn the penultimate story Flutter to a Fall we meet eighteen year old Tilly and her friend Izzy Returning from a week at Glastonbury the two girls are staying at Izzy's house well castle A huge castle with the rest of her family On the night they arrive Tilly spots an owl The family react very oddly to this newsEvery castle has its ghosts People are complex Sometimes you have to see the signs The last story is The Thought Collector and is based on real events When the World Trade Center stood before 911 one of them held a 28 inch bronze cast of Rodin's The ThinkerThe Thinker sits all day and contemplates He is a thought collector When someone touches him he collects their thoughts One day Laura touches him and he is given insight to the immediate things on her mind Through her he sees and feels the towers collapse The panic that ensues Buried in the rubble he is found by a firefighter Laura's husband Through Laura's description of her workplace he remembers The Thinker cast and keeps it as a piece of her Ten years later he still clings to the bronze statue that weeps because all it can do is collect It cannot help the broken man but maybe someone else canA little background on this story For those who don't know one of the towers of the World Trade Centre had a 28 inch bronze cast of 'The Thinker' It was recovered from the rubble by a firefighter then vanished Even all these years later the location of the missing cast is unknownThese are six stories about the intricacies of the human mind Our relationships with each other and the symbolism we find in the smallest things They are beautifully written with prose like characteristics and charm Delightfully emotive they will play bittersweet melodies on the heartstrings There are jovial lively bars and slow mournful ones with the entire book ending on a single melancholy noteThere are a few abstract aspects to these stories but I think that just adds to the atmosphere the author creates Things are not always as they seemMy favourites are probably The Sculptor's Muse for its originality and gorgeous description and The Thought Collector for its insight into one man's sorrow and the unusual voice of the narrator A uick set of stories that are very well written and well worth a read Disclaimer This book was sent to me by the author This is not a sponsored review All opinions are 100% my own

  8. says:

    I received this book from Library Thing to read and review The focus of this short volume of short stories is love The author has given us ideas and manifestations of love to enjoy mull about and reflect on The author also has an excellent way with words with vivid descriptions and excellent word choices The book takes love beyond its normal scope pushing the reader to do likewise Personally because the book is so well written I think it would appeal to a larger audience if the stories were grounded in reality and less in imagination They were great stories but did reuire the reader to stretch to fully understand and appreciate them As the book is now the stories are not ones I will soon forget but also not ones I will soon really understand and totally appreciate

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