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Sniggerless Boundulations by [Bell, Morgan]
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" ... there is the authorial refusal to gratify the reader's expectations, a constant urge to transcend banality at the same time as studying it and the pathos of comedy and poignancy finding expression in identical and excruciating moments. Unaffected, without warning, Bell's narratives produce a discomforting aesthetic, taking hold of the awkward and suspending that tender unease for as long as the prose can cope ... " (R. B. Fortune-Wood)

Debut collection of short stories by indie Australian author Morgan Bell. A cross-section between dreams and reality. An examination of the horrors of life, with plenty of peering, in the form of vignettes, micro fiction, flash fiction, and short stories.

Themes include fear, time, aging, anxiety, and jealousy.

This collection of fifteen stories contains bizarre medical conditions, industrious creatures, conniving cops, killers, dead bodies, a rescue mission, homoeroticism, nonchalant students, a secret garden, and the road to hell.

Contains the stories:

The Tunnel (173 words)
Deep Water (127 words)
Shark Fin Soup (507 words)
The Dermoid Cyst (384 words)
Mrs Jackson (644 words)
It Had To Be Done (206 words)
Granted (1034 words)
The Package (482 words)
Strings & Ribbons (131 words)
Mini Play (485 words)
Tiptoe Through The Tulips (523 words)
Poppycock (327 words)
Telfer Speck (1499 words)
Earth Mites (409 words)
Garsdale (539 words)

"Hell is the next suburb over.' (21 January 2014)
Review by R.B. Fortune-Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars

By way of preface for the impressionistic vignettes to follow, Morgan Bell starts her collection of short stories and microfictions with `The Tunnel'--a condensed domestic drama in one scene. Rooted in an Australian postmodernity of iPhones, xenophobias, hopes and political clichés, the reader is treated to an odd assortment of quibbles resolved by pop TV references; eavesdropping on hypercondriacs; a yuppie kid's trove of unwanted shoes; neighbourly voyeurism; the truisms of hand-me-down cop wisdom, &c. all suggesting that 'Sniggerless Boundulations' is an expansive genre as much as a simple title. Like a hybrid of unfiltered reality, humanist morality play and whimsical Bizzaro.

There is great variety of content and form, encompassing the macabre twist of `It Had To Be Done', surreal comeuppance of `Tiptoe Through the Tulips' and nihilism of `Earth Mites' rendered as a joke at Gaia's expense. However, tying it together, there is the authorial refusal to gratify the reader's expectations, a constant urge to transcend banality at the same time as studying it and the pathos of comedy and poignancy finding expression in identical and excruciating moments. Unaffected, without warning, Bell's narratives produce a discomforting aesthetic, taking hold of the awkward and suspending that tender unease for as long as the prose can cope, `It was not heaven, nor was it hell.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 671 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Bell; 1 edition (15 January 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HVYLVU6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #480,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By way of preface for the impressionistic vignettes to follow, Morgan Bell starts her collection of short stories and microfictions with `The Tunnel'--a condensed domestic drama in one scene. Rooted in an Australian postmodernity of iPhones, xenophobias, hopes and political clichés, the reader is treated to an odd assortment of quibbles resolved by pop TV references; eavesdropping on hypercondriacs; a yuppie kid's trove of unwanted shoes; neighbourly voyeurism; the truisms of hand-me-down cop wisdom, &c. all suggesting that 'Sniggerless Boundulations' is an expansive genre as much as a simple title. Like a hybrid of unfiltered reality, humanist morality play and whimsical Bizzaro.

There is great variety of content and form, encompassing the macabre twist of `It Had To Be Done', surreal comeuppance of `Tiptoe Through the Tulips' and nihilism of `Earth Mites' rendered as a joke at Gaia's expense. However, tying it together, there is the authorial refusal to gratify the reader's expectations, a constant urge to transcend banality at the same time as studying it and the pathos of comedy and poignancy finding expression in identical and excruciating moments. Unaffected, without warning, Bell's narratives produce a discomforting aesthetic, taking hold of the awkward and suspending that tender unease for as long as the prose can cope, `It was not heaven, nor was it hell.'
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By MikeC TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 February 2016
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In an effort to be transparent, I've never been a huge fan of the short story genre. I always find short stories tend to end, just as they're supposed to be getting going. Australian author Morgan Bell however weaves tales with depth, development and a sense of humour into such a sparse amount of words you forget you are reading a short story or flash fiction to begin with.

Sniggerless Boundulations is a collection of short stories and micro-flash fiction (something I didn't even know existed) that combine in-depth insight into the human journey, with a liberal lashing of dry humour.

My favourites in the book where; It Had To Happen - a poignant, story of a young woman, a pregnancy test and a Barista; Earth Mites - the story of earth being infested when all it really wants to do is enjoy middle age and The Dermatoid Cyst the story of a hypochondriac and the need to be "sicker," than a ill friend.

For those who enjoy short stories this is a collection that deserves a place in your library. For those of you like me, who maybe don't read a lot of short stories, Sniggerless Boundulations is a great collection to start with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Odd Assortment of Brilliant Stories 12 April 2015
By Kevin Lintner - Published on Amazon.com
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I would not dismiss this short story collection as breezy summertime reading as other reviewers have. There is nothing breezy about them. Each story is more like a snapshot which leaves the reader to use their imagination to ponder what happened before and/or after the the occurrences in the tale. Some of the stories are obvious metaphors like the first in which a couple out for a drive feel like they have been trapped in a tunnel for way too long. Others require a rereading or two for their point to come across. If I had to categorize these stories, I would call them post-modern, mostly for the fact I think it would annoy the author and she seems like a fun person I would love to annoy. Plus, she's in Australia and I'm in Florida and we have wild big cats and bears. Not those cute cuddly things that aren't really bears, you know the ones that eat plants and hug bratty children. No, we have black bears that eat dogs and run meth labs and trade their product to opossums in exchange for their babies. Florida opossums are crazy. One tried to get amorous with my Corgi.
But...
These stories are all very well written and deserve to be read. Check them out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Smart and Delicious Take on the Moral Ambiguity of a World Gone Wrong. 1 April 2014
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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I found "Sniggerless Boundulations" by Morgan Bell to be a very interesting selection of short stories; an eclectic mix of humor, political and social commentary,horror, mystery, and a wonderful take on what we call, the "Modern World". The stories are set in post-modernist Australia, with all its beauty and warts, depicting a society, which, while materially rich and highly developed, often seems to be on the verge of a moral and psychological breakdown.

I liked and enjoyed all the stories, some more than the others, reading all of them in a single reading session. The writer has used a very interesting writing style, with no consistency in the word count for the stories - some are extremely brief, while others take somewhat longer to finish. If there's a consistent trend in the stories - it's the moral ambiguity of the world we live in, and the often brilliant and sometimes unexpected twist in the end that each of the stories end with. In this review, I present my take on some of the stories that I found most interesting.

We start off with "The Tunnel", a particularly short tale, no more than a few paragraphs, about a tunnel that never ends - perhaps alluding to the fact that life is a tunnel with no light at the end of it.

"Shark Fin Soup" has a very interesting exchange between a pushy and sanctimonious animal rights activist (aren't they all?) and a gruff old man, who's more than he appears.

Particularly funny was "The Dermoid Cyst" - 2 rich, self-centered "modern" women compete over who has bigger problems. The joke at the end had me in splits, which was worth the price of the whole book.

"Mrs. Jackson" is a horror story, a violent take on a school shootout, while "It had to be done" is a brilliant and evocative exposition of the immigration problem, and the vulnerability of immigrants in the Western society. I thought this was one of the very best short stories in the book.

The honor of being the best story in the book goes to "Granted", which has 2 stories completely independent of each other, but each offering an excellent commentary on our world and our times, focusing on the widening gap between the haves and have-nots, juxtaposing material prosperity and abundance on one side, with poverty and insecurity on the other. In fact, "Granted" makes a convincing case for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

"Mini Play" is both a funny and sad story of a desperate older gay man's search for a partner. The book ends with 2 short stories that wouldn't look out of place in a Stephen King collection. "Telfer Speck" is deliciously evil, while "Garsdale" is mysterious and beautifully written - and a great way to end the book.

Overall, a very fine effort by the writer, and I definitely look forward to more from her.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me on my toes 11 March 2014
By Chameleon - Published on Amazon.com
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Morgan Bell is clearly a writer who has no reservations about taking her stories "there". I love this collection of short stories because it allows to conceptualize our postmodern society's norm. Categories and identifiers do not limit this body of work. Instead readers find satisfaction, comfort, and the ability to hold a mirror up to the lives of themselves as well as their peers. Because the stories jump from topic to topic and theme to theme, it kept me on my toes. Sometimes I wanted to read on, but as I contented without pausing, I began to notice a deliberate distribution of stories from the author to convey certain emotions and thoughts in an effective way.

There are many layers to Sniggerless Boundulations, and it takes a critical eye to take them in properly. From bizarre medical conditions to homoeroticism, then to a secret garden, and nonchalant students, this book really has the kind of content you're not going to find in one book. I've seen no collection like this anywhere else!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Welcome to your paradise!" 3 April 2014
By J. D. Camorlinga - Published on Amazon.com
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As a major fan of short stories, I was pleased to find Morgan Bell’s Sniggerless Boundulations available in ebook format for my immediate consumption. Each of the fifteen stories touched a different corner of my imagination (well, that’s a lot of corners, but the shoe fits...) and I found myself especially fixated on The Dermoid Cyst. It’s characters are desperate for attention, ANY attention, and their conversation, though outlandish, is a snapshot of the conversations that can be overheard every day taking place between similarly desperate people. I thoroughly enjoyed that conclusion. It Had to Be Done is another personal favorite, showcasing a shockingly cold calculation by it’s female lead, and displaying the unabashed pursuit of human experience initiated by Bell.

Bell’s prose is clean, minimalist and carefully executed, though she manages to avoid becoming detached or overly abstract as some modern authors are wont to do. The stories lay bear thought provoking situations, unfortunate human choices and myriad unseemly human behaviors. Not for the faint of heart, but definitely recommended for the reader that is ready to explore the rocky path and look deep into the secular modern heart, Sniggerless Boundulations gives pause and impresses.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Twilight Zone types of tales. 5 January 2015
By Thomas A. - Published on Amazon.com
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Are you looking for something a little twisted and sinister for the New Year? I truly enjoyed, Morgan Bell’s collect of short stories entitled: “Sniggerlous Boundulations. This was a fun-fast read. Something you could most likely get through in a lunch hour, or preferably on a dark and stormy night. (I read it in the morning…in the daylight.)

Fifteen short stories make up the contents that weave a crooked path. It left me feeling disturbed and unbalanced. Morgan Bell has a deeply imaginative mind, and her stories, while brief, certainly make a lasting impression. My favorite was, “The Tunnel.” If you like Twilight Zone type of tales, then I suggest this book for your to-read list. There’s a little something for everyone who loves a bit of dark literature here!

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