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Adam Maxwell’s Fiction Lounge by Adam Maxwell


Adam’s subject matter tends towards the surreal or at least the very least weird. His writing has been described in the press as a ‘Chandler-esque hard-boiled cocktail, stirred with equal parts humour, mystery, gut-wrenching realism, and trademark minimalism’, ‘weird, wonderful, twisted and witty’ and even ‘almost Fawlty Towers’ which is, unsurprisingly, one of his favourites. His first book, a collection of short stories entitled ‘Dial M For Monkey’ was published in 2006 and he won an award for his short story podcast in 2008.

Note: Adam Maxwell’s Fiction Lounge contains some harsh language.

A collection of stories

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Listed: Aug 27, 2008


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Worth Reading

By Jim Zoetewey, editor, author of The Legion of Nothing

Oct 25, 2008: Writing a good short story is hard.

You’ve got to suggest enough about a character and their situation to get people to care, but if you want it to remain a short story you can’t tell too much.

Flash fiction is harder.

You’ve got even less space to create a plot, the character, or anything else the story needs to work.

Adam Maxwell does an extremely good job of doing flash fiction.

Even though the stories are too short to really get to know the main character, they are long enough to give an impression. That’s really all you need at that length.

The stories usually have unexpected endings, are often funny, and always tightly written.

To get a sense of them, all a person has to to is take a look at the titles. Here are a few: Doctor Starkey’s Monsters, Let’s Get Kraken, Teeth Like A Burnt Fence, Romance On The Buses, Along Came A Chicken, A Beginner’s Guide To Stalking.

My first version of this review contained my one complaint about the site. It used to be a little harder to find the actual stories than it needed to. On the bright side, the most recent site revision cleared that up. So I guess that means that he responds to criticism. Frighteningly, it might mean he listens to mine which may or may not indicate good judgment.

In any case, it’s a great site and a good place to read if you’re in the mood for something short.

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A Great Place to Lounge

By Fanton, member

Sep 4, 2008: I’ve only been a member of the Web Fiction Guide for about a week, and already I’m unearthing previously undiscovered treasures.

Take Adam Maxwell’s Fiction Lounge, for example. A beautifully presented site comprising a wonderful selection of short stories, essays and podcasts by the titular wordsmith.

Adam’s writing is brilliantly entertaining, and darkly comic, as seen in stories such as These Were Your Grandmother’s, Let’s Get Kraken and A Beginner’s Guide to [more . . .]

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You’ll love it…

By adammaxwell, author of Adam Maxwell's Fiction Lounge

Nov 26, 2008: As the author of this website it has to be said that my review is going to be biased but I just wanted to respond to the wonderful reviews the site has already received – Fanton and Jim I am really happy that you both had such a positive reaction to my babbling!

I just wanted to set the record straight over Jim’s review regarding publishing via a blog . . . every piece of code on the website, every graphic and every word in [more . . .]

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