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In these eight mesmerizing tales, author C. Frazier Jones takes us to a playground built by imagination, where mermaids ferry the dead to the the afterlife, a husband, long missing, returns as a cat and a vengeful spirit haunts a Pawnee, Oklahoma Walmart, much to the inconvenience of both customers and staff. Overflowing at times with heartbreak, humor and hope, Things We In these eight mesmerizing tales, author C. Frazier Jones takes us to a playground built by imagination, where mermaids ferry the dead to the the afterlife, a husband, long missing, returns as a cat and a vengeful spirit haunts a Pawnee, Oklahoma Walmart, much to the inconvenience of both customers and staff. Overflowing at times with heartbreak, humor and hope, Things We Thought We Saw in the Water will stay with the you long after you have placed the book aside.


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In these eight mesmerizing tales, author C. Frazier Jones takes us to a playground built by imagination, where mermaids ferry the dead to the the afterlife, a husband, long missing, returns as a cat and a vengeful spirit haunts a Pawnee, Oklahoma Walmart, much to the inconvenience of both customers and staff. Overflowing at times with heartbreak, humor and hope, Things We In these eight mesmerizing tales, author C. Frazier Jones takes us to a playground built by imagination, where mermaids ferry the dead to the the afterlife, a husband, long missing, returns as a cat and a vengeful spirit haunts a Pawnee, Oklahoma Walmart, much to the inconvenience of both customers and staff. Overflowing at times with heartbreak, humor and hope, Things We Thought We Saw in the Water will stay with the you long after you have placed the book aside.

30 review for Things We Thought We Saw in the Water

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pam Bonsper

    Surreal, imaginative, scary, close-to-home, eerie, sometimes tear-jerking sad, and other times hilariously funny, I had to change my game plan when I read C. Frazier Jones' stories in Things We Thought We Saw in the Water. Although all emotions are triggered while reading these stories, one common thread runs through all of them; they are well-written. And to rush through well-written fiction would be like eating a piece of cheesecake covered with fresh strawberries all in one bite. These storie Surreal, imaginative, scary, close-to-home, eerie, sometimes tear-jerking sad, and other times hilariously funny, I had to change my game plan when I read C. Frazier Jones' stories in Things We Thought We Saw in the Water. Although all emotions are triggered while reading these stories, one common thread runs through all of them; they are well-written. And to rush through well-written fiction would be like eating a piece of cheesecake covered with fresh strawberries all in one bite. These stories are not for rushing through. When I offered to give a review for this book, I thought I could read all eight stories in one evening. After the first few paragraphs of the first story, I changed my plans and settled back in a comfy couch to enjoy every word, every sentence, every paragraph. I decided to read her eight stories as if I were at a leisurely Italian meal--one course at a time. And none of the courses was disappointing. While I have my favorites- The Cutting Business and How the Dung Beetle Uses the Milky Way to Navigate the Universe (even the titles are tantalizing), I found all the stories, challenging my preconceived thoughts of our physical world and the world beyond. These are not sci-fi stories, but real tales of the human experience told in such ways that the characters, sometimes spirits, become real and believable, fascinating and convincing. A psychological dance of words and ideas, is how I would describe Jones' style. It is a unique voice in literature and worthy of praise. Thank you for the enjoyable meal, C. Frazier Jones. I shall taste it's sweetness and it's bitterness for quite some time. I look forward to reading many more of your books. You are truly a great story teller.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This is a fantastic book. I loved all of the stories, but my favorite was "How the Dung Beetle Uses the Milky Way". C. Frazier Jones' stories are funny, sad, dark, and sweet all at the same time. I think this is her first book and I hope she writes many more. I can't wait to read more from her!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    From page 1 the author draws you into her creative, imaginative worlds. The stories have a bit of everything in them: fantasy, realism, comedy, adventure...even a bit of mystery! Each time I read one of the stories, I'd think, "This is my favorite so far" and yet they just continued to get better. If I did have to pick a favorite it would be "The Business of Cutting". I don't want to say too much at risk of ruining the ending for everyone but for those of you who know me, you'll understand why I From page 1 the author draws you into her creative, imaginative worlds. The stories have a bit of everything in them: fantasy, realism, comedy, adventure...even a bit of mystery! Each time I read one of the stories, I'd think, "This is my favorite so far" and yet they just continued to get better. If I did have to pick a favorite it would be "The Business of Cutting". I don't want to say too much at risk of ruining the ending for everyone but for those of you who know me, you'll understand why I chose it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine

    As with any short story collection I've ever read, there are a couple of good stories and the rest are just ok or totally forgettable. Also, the book seems to be self-published and there are some glaring typographical errors that irked me, but I'm picky that way.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    First time author C. Frazier Jones gives the reader a unique blend of narratives. She weaves melancholy with lightness into many of her stories, which leaves the reader with a connection to her often complicated but real cast of characters. A very enjoyable and imaginative book. I am sure we will be reading more from this author in years to come.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    The description of this book reads like it will be a bunch of fairy tale or ghost stories but they are not all supernatural and don't read like ghost stories or fairy tales. Like most short story collections I did not love or even like all of the stories. But also like most short story collections, you do not know which of those stories will speak to you or entertain you unless you read them. There were a couple in this collection that were interesting, funny, brought me to tears, etc. Some of t The description of this book reads like it will be a bunch of fairy tale or ghost stories but they are not all supernatural and don't read like ghost stories or fairy tales. Like most short story collections I did not love or even like all of the stories. But also like most short story collections, you do not know which of those stories will speak to you or entertain you unless you read them. There were a couple in this collection that were interesting, funny, brought me to tears, etc. Some of the stories, also like most short stories, had the impression of wanting to be a novella or novel all of their own but the author seemed to quickly give up on them buy ending them too soon or starting them in the middle. To avoid spoilers and to avoid tainting anyone else's reading experience, I will not share which stories I felt this way about. In general, I enjoyed the book. The author does write well and most of the stories did not sound too much alike. Each story I started seemed to feel like starting another book by another author. Sometimes these things are "more of the same" and sometimes short stories can feel as though they dangle at the end without much closure and this is not the feeling I got for most of the stories. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys short stories. I believe there is an enjoyable story to almost everyone in this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    One of the best things I can say about this book is that it gives you hope. Every short story, you hope for the next one to be better. This might be a bit too harsh and too be fair, this book contains several likable passages but in the end I would rate every story as either plain bad or broken. Don't let the fantastic description fool you. Sure fantastic sounds fantastic but I didn't like a single deus ex machina. While some story lines were OK, the fantastic elements/threads lack any kind of ba One of the best things I can say about this book is that it gives you hope. Every short story, you hope for the next one to be better. This might be a bit too harsh and too be fair, this book contains several likable passages but in the end I would rate every story as either plain bad or broken. Don't let the fantastic description fool you. Sure fantastic sounds fantastic but I didn't like a single deus ex machina. While some story lines were OK, the fantastic elements/threads lack any kind of backbone. Style: incoherent. Different writing styles both across and within the short stories. Mostly the author used elementary English but apparently she decided to 'tidy up' some passages by literally throwing in some poetry. Last but not least: if you still intend to read this bundle, please skip the Dung Beetle-story. Apart from having a ridiculous plot, it gives a terrible stereotypical representation of extreme autism. I even wonder if the author would realize that many of her other characters possess that many autistic traits that they would probably also qualify for a diagnosis of this often misunderstood disorder.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jana B.

    I didn't hesitate for one second to give this five stars. Eight beautiful stories that are well written, imaginative and insightful. No two were alike, and honestly I think they just got better as I kept reading. There is no way I could just pick one as my favorite. I bought this as a birthday present to myself and I'm so glad I did. The last page, of the last story; A Mermaids Tale. I'm pretty sure you were talking to me C. Frazier Jones and for that I thank you. This will hold a spot on my boo I didn't hesitate for one second to give this five stars. Eight beautiful stories that are well written, imaginative and insightful. No two were alike, and honestly I think they just got better as I kept reading. There is no way I could just pick one as my favorite. I bought this as a birthday present to myself and I'm so glad I did. The last page, of the last story; A Mermaids Tale. I'm pretty sure you were talking to me C. Frazier Jones and for that I thank you. This will hold a spot on my bookcase forever.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    l adored this book, it's stories were thoughtful and made me laugh out loud and feel sad for characters. Tom Cat and How the Dung Beetle uses the Milky Way were my favourites. But the Mermaid Tale was the most thought provoking for me."you're just having a little hiccup" is exactly what l needed. These are stories l will re read and tell others about, great book. l received this book as a Goodreads first read, thanks so much.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Jones

    I laughed, I cried, I made cheese dip. I read more, I laughed more. The author creates a world of wildly ecclectiv and sometimes bizarre characters, subjects, and story titles and blends them into a witty, highly enjoyable collection.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joanie Hamilton

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

  13. 5 out of 5

    James Lynam

  14. 5 out of 5

    Greta Crauwels

  15. 4 out of 5

    Josie E.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Talbot-Ashby

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cheyenne Burdine

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cj Zawacki

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liesalu

  20. 4 out of 5

    Onix_Octarina

  21. 5 out of 5

    Iin Ndah

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vcurtis

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Butler

  27. 4 out of 5

    C. Frazier Jones

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kate

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melody

  30. 5 out of 5

    Charlene Underhill

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