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Half a Dozen Star Jumps ❮Read❯ ➸ Half a Dozen Star Jumps ➻ Author Helen J. Beal – Natus-physiotherapy.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 A woodpecker who creates sculptures for Dozen Star MOBI í 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 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 PDF/EPUB ² 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.

  • Hardcover
  • 68 pages
  • Half a Dozen Star Jumps
  • Helen J. Beal
  • 03 May 2018
  • 1909354104

About the Author: Helen J. Beal

Helen J Beal was born in Dozen Star MOBI í York 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 PDF/EPUB ² collection of short stories Half a Dozen Star Jumps She is currently working on her fourth novelHelen runs a writing group and a book club where she now lives in Chichester, West Sussex She is particularly fond of llamas and tortoises and is addicted to Scrabble.



10 thoughts on “Half a Dozen Star Jumps

  1. Karl Drinkwater Karl Drinkwater 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, 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. Elizabeth Elizabeth 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 readfrom this author.

  3. David Caldwell David Caldwell says:

    I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads.This is a collection of six short stories by Helen J.Biel.The stories do not fit neatly into any one genre but they all share the same lyrical style of storytelling.It is very short,only 56 pages.I would give this book 4.5 stars if I could.I 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 subjects.There is a classic haunted castle story.The tale of the last humans looking d I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads.This is a collection of six short stories by Helen J.Biel.The stories do not fit neatly into any one genre but they all share the same lyrical style of storytelling.It is very short,only 56 pages.I would give this book 4.5 stars if I could.I 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 subjects.There is a classic haunted castle story.The tale of the last humans looking down on the dead Earth from their home on the Moon.A son who looks for something he can do to make his parents remember him when he leaves home.Cell phones that undergo a magical transformation and help to bring a failing marriage back together.A story of loss and moving on as told by the thoughts stored in a sculpture.Even the story of a woodpecker who finds his creative muse in an opera singer.These stories reminded meof sketches then a full blown painting.A few masterful strokes present just enough of a guideline for the viewer reader 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 work.The stories are very evocative, easy stirring images.They will stay with you and you may find yourself trying different ways to imagine how the story might continue after the final page.The only problems I had with this collection were that it was so short and the cover design.The white writing on a light gray cover was not the easiest thing to read.In fact I did not even see the writing on the back of the book the first time I looked at it.So overall a very good, if short, collection

  4. Arf2D2 Arf2D2 says:

    I received this book as a prize on goodreads.This book is a collection of easy to read, quirky short stories Each story is set in a world that is almost, but not quite, real yet manages to feel very real.

  5. Virginia Virginia says:

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

  6. Jasmina Jasmina 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. Georgia Georgia says:

    Half a Dozen Star Jumps by Helen J Beal is a collection of six short stories.The 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 thing.In 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 Half a Dozen Star Jumps by Helen J Beal is a collection of six short stories.The 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 thing.In 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 quick 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 eat Thirdly, 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 mark.Next 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 forms.In 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 news.Every 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 9 11, one of them held a 28 inch, bronze cast of Rodin s The Thinker The 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 can.A 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 unknown.These 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 note.There 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 seem.My 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 quick 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. Kathy Kathy 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 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 weregrounded in reality and less in imagination They were great stories, but did require the reader to stretch tofully 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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