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The Wheel of Justice (Review)

The Wheel of Justice” has received the following review by Nena at Goodreads:

Nena rated it 4 of 5 stars false

Kindle Edition:

“This is a really short story but excellently done. The author shows true creativity and imagination with the idea of a televised game show where criminals of the worst kind are executed in living color before a live studio audience after prospective contestants vie for a chance at the Wheel by answering trivia questions relating to crime and justice. The gameshow itself reminded me of a cross between Wheel of Fortune, The Price is Right and Jeopardy. There is even a spokesmodel in the mold of Vanna White.

Each segment of the game show is interupted by commercials which are hilarious. Particularly the home security commercial. I actually laughed out loud when reading these commercials.

There are lots of things going on here, one of which is a satirical look at just how low we are willing to go in the name of television entertainment. This is most likely the next step in the evolution of reality tv, it’s almost inevitable. Also, the way this country is going, it would not be that far a stretch to see the government taking a liking to game show executions as a way to deal with prison overcrowding. It’s so cost effective.

I think I would best describe this author as being a genius and this short story ingenious, creative and a really fun read.”


The Wheel of Justice ***** review

See The Wheel of Justice.  5 out of 5 stars

A Daring and Triumphant Short Story.

By Mr. Aman S. Anand

This review is from: The Wheel of Justice (Kindle Edition)

The most effective short stories leave a mark on your imagination long after you have read them. I suspect Mr Livingston’s The Wheel of Justice will linger in my mind for quite some time to come.

This biting satire involves a game show that gives new meaning to the phrase life or death. What drew me most into this story was the writer’s willingness to experiment with form – throughout the show we are also presented with the intervening advertisements – all of which had me laughing both uncomfortably and hysterically.

I won’t say too much more about the story as I don’t want to give the writer’s ingenious idea away. But needless to say, if you are interested in terrifically written dark satire, you must read The Wheel of Justice.

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Five star review!

Kindling has just received a five star review from Goodreads reviewer Katy Sozaeva.  I am delighted to be able to reproduce her review here:
5 of 5 stars
Recommended for: this has something for everyone
Read on September 12, 2011
Short stories in a variety of styles – if you’re looking for something that will give you a chance to read through something in a short period of time, a set of short stories is just what you want, and these are some particularly wonderful short stories!
Choose Your Future – written in the very difficult 2nd person POV, this is a wonderfully evocative short. The main character, while at a rave, has a sort of epiphany, an extreme experience, about how the world needs to be shaped, and that he is pivotal in deciding which way the world will go. An interesting idea presented in a unique manner.
Recycling – this was an interesting piece; on its surface, there was a great deal of “the children are being indoctrinated” rhetoric – with which I actually agree – but there was another layer to this morality play. Recycling can be literal, or it can be figurative, and it is important to remember that it never hurts to do what one can to maintain a healthy living space – physically AND emotionally.
The Waster’s Tale – while many of these stories are written in “dialect,” at least in part, this first-person POV story is written with a strong “accent” that makes it quite interesting to read. Maybe not terribly easy to read for those of us across the Pond in the US, but interesting. The story is basically told by a guy who likes to stay wasted, describing a 24-hour period in his life.
The Wheel of Justice – What happens when the death penalty becomes entertainment? What type of game show would be best suited to this? “The Wheel of Justice” gives one possible answer to that question. I was interested in the world from this story – I think it would be interesting to see a full story set there, exploring how the world got this way, what the rest of society is like, etc.
She Won’t Call – the conversation of two young bachelors as one tries to find love. Quite amusing ending.
A Cataract of Breaking Glass – the sound of breaking glass is the sound of a broken heart. Incredibly sad story, beautifully written.
Come Dancing – very short and well-written piece of erotica.
The Farmer’s Right Arm – the wonders of modern technology or the evils of genetic manipulation? The reader is left to make his or her own decision.
Jaipur Gems – a vacationer in India is given a great opportunity … or is it? Wonderful descriptions.
The Adventures of Freddie the Moth – like “The Metamorphosis” only with a moth.
Work Abroad – a very difficult story, based upon what I have heard to be true, about how young girls are lured from their home countries with the promise of new jobs and new lives abroad … only to be enslaved. Wonderfully told.
The Tell-Tale Trunk – homage to the master, Edgar Allan Poe.

ePC Writers Award

Kindling” my short story collection has received the ePublishing Consortium Writers Award.

“Dear Stephen Livingston,
Your book “Kindling” was nominated for the ePublishing Consortium Writers Award.  Please understand that many submissions compete for ePC awards.  The fellow writers who volunteer to review the nominated books must maintain the highest level of integrity in the selection process.
After careful review of “Kindling“, we are honored to congratulate you on earning this award.  The ePublishing Consortium Writers Award is for exceptional writing…”

I am delighted to receive this honour and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with the ePublishing Consortium.


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The new government petitions website is designed to allow any petition that receives over a hundred thousand signatures to be discussed in parliament.  You can add your name to the petition to abolish Value Added Tax on e-book sales by following this link:

From HM Government’s e-petitions website: “e-petitions is an easy way for you to influence government policy in the UK. You can create an e-petition about anything that the government is responsible for and if it gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be eligible for debate in the House of Commons.”

Currently the most popular petition on the site is to re-open the debate on capital punishment in the UK.  My short story The Wheel of Justice is a dark comedy that looks at the death penalty in the United States in a satirical fashion.