Tuesday 1 August 2017

Bobby - Barry Lyga - A Short Story

A Short Story
Barry Lyga

This year fans of Barry Lyga’s work, and fans of short stories are receiving 12 new short stories from His masterful pen. Bobby is the 8th instalment in the 2017 Short Story Series from Barry Lyga. It started in the fall of 2016 after the US General Election, the next day Barry asked himself what he could do, and he decided to use his words. For as an author words are his craft. And freedom of speech is core to him being able to write about what he wants to write about. He decided to publish a short story each month this year and to donate the proceeds to the ACLU. You can read about why he is doing this on his site. For his loyal fans or fans of great short stories it is a win win situation. Barry gets to do something, and contribute to the ACLU who gets the revenue. And as readers we get some great short stories to consume. But be warned each story is only available for a month so you need to get it while you can. 

This is one of the best of the 8 stories released so far this year. The description of this book is one of the shortest of the series: “Bobby’s life is a story of tragedy and privilege. Of death and victory. Of defeat and faith. See it from the inside.” This is a very powerful short story. And like others in the series, Barry writes and introduction to the story, and also a piece about how the story came to be after the story. About this story he writes: 
“The man I’d always thought of as “John’s little brother, who did some stuff, too” was revealed to be passionate and complex and brilliant. He was both Hamlet and MacBeth; Atticus Finch and Bruce Wayne. Brave in mind-boggling ways.“
And he also declares:
“It’s strange to write a story like this, even stranger to present it to the world. Those above a certain age will catch every reference and will know from the first scene in California exactly whom the story is about and will anticipate the inevitable ending. Those below a certain age will probably never get it.”
And that is likely true. It is a great little story. This story really packs a lot of punch. Buying this short story will help support freedom of speech in the US. An excellent read so grab it while it is available.

Books by Barry Lyga:
I Hunt Killers:
I Hunt Killers (2012)
Game - I Hunt Killers #2 (2013)

Blood of My Blood - I Hunt Killers # 3 (2014)

I Hunt Killers Short Stories:
Down Time (2018)
Lucky Day (2014)
Career Day (2012)
Neutral Mask (2013)
Blood Boy (2014)

Brookdale High:
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (2006)
Boy Toy (2007)
Hero Type (2008)
Goth Girl Rising (2009)

Bang (2017)

Archvillain #1 (2010)
The Mad Mask - Archvillian #2 (2011)
Yesterday Again - Archvillian #3 (2013)

The Flash Series:
Hocus Pocus (2017)
Johnny Quick (2018)
Tornado Twins (2018)

Other Books By Barry Lyga:
Graphic Novels in Your Media Center: A definitive Guide (with Alison A.W. Lyga - 2004)
Wolverine: Worst Day Ever (2009)
MangaMan (with Colleen Dorren 2011)

Unsoul'd (2013)
After The Red Rain (2015)
The Secret Sea (2016)
Thanos Titan Consumed (2018)
The Hive (2019)


Short Story Project 2017
The Ghosts at 95
Loving The University
The Ideas of March
Four Minutes
Pulse vs. the Killing Fiend
Her Decade
The Life Cycle of Stars (Ignition)
Trading Worlds
When I Die
The Autopsying of Michael Edward Morgan
Meet Me Tonight

Contributed to:

Geektastic (2009)
Who Done It? (2013)

Author Profile and Interview with Barry Lyga

Author Profile and Interview with Randall Banner

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