When you let the mind wander, there's no telling where it's going to end up. This collection of short stories is the fruit of that wanderlust. Science fiction, mystery, and even a fairy tale can be found here, each with it's own subtle twist and an undercurrent of humor. Your imagination can take you anywhere. Start your wanderings here.

This short story collection is now complete.

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tarakis
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Parker T Allan may be an engineer, but he has ONE Heckuva Imagination. Three short stories so far in this collection and they are Awesomely Superb! The writer is a wordsmith of the highest caliber. They are all very enjoyable to read and make you think, hmmmm!  Wow!  I can not wait to read more!!!!

:D CHEERS (c)

Wilberforce
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Why isn't this among the 'top-rated'?

Reviewed at: End Game

As the title says, why isn't this at the top of the most rated fictions of the site? I could only think of one reason: audience preferences. I mean the grammar is perfect (on par with all those Amazon published), style is high quality and at the same time easy to read, story good (although as I say most audience here prefers otherwise), and although each chapter brings on a new character each character is unique and equally engaging. One chapter there was a crime and the next you'll have a full-blown sci-fi. I really like these short stories and I'll keep following.

In short, this is a masterpiece. Check it out if you like short stories and even if you don't. 

On a side note, whenever you decide to write a litrpg it will blow up on this site.

TheWitchOfTheRock
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Looks like I got new bedtime reading!

The short stories are great. There's a good variety of genres here, so there's a little something for everyone.

The characters were interesting enough that  even for the few genres that I wasn't a fan of ( not a fan of Private detective stories, for example) I was still hooked and had to see how it ended!

the stories are all engaging and imaginative, and often rather thoughtful!  Stories that'll stay with me. Years in the future, I'll  say "I read a story once about- " 

 

Grammar and style never once pulled me from the narrative. Kept me engaged. Pacing was  perfect.

Seriously, just pick this up and read it here and there. Don't have time for a big long story? Choose a chapter and dive in. Like I said, it's gonna be bedtime reading for  me for a while. 

Kurast
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Excellent set of bite-sized literary morsels

Reviewed at: Past Imperfect

"Imaginings" is a collection of expertly written short stories. The topics they cover are varied, as are the experiences they provide to the reader. But, one thing remains true throughout: They are well worth reading.

Having rated every category 5 stars, there is little for me to expand upon. Everything really is great. Interesting storylines written in an engaging style, with solid humour, thought-provoking ideas, and emotionally intense scenes.

In conclusion: If someone told me this fiction had been a number 1 best seller on Amazon (or wherever), my reply would be: "Well, obviously..."

Give it a try!

 

 

Cocop (Cale Plamann)
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A menagerie of speculative fiction

Reviewed at: Past Imperfect

My only genuine complaint about this collection of science fiction short stories is that they aren't longer.  For many, I wanted to read the entire story only to have them finish early.  

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The writing was a bit experimental and at times there would be tense changes with pov changes or non linear storytelling (via time travel stories usually).  It was all well done and made sense in context so I am not giving a major ding on this, but it was just slightly jarring.

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There were a couple instances where a sentence would be more or less repeated but rewritten- other than that I didn't notice any mistakes.  I would make this a 4.75 if possible, but alas.

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This is a series of short stories.  All of the stories and their leads were engaging in their own way.  The author did a good job of getting the reader invested in the characters at a breakneck pace.  In short, it's hard to explain what was good because it was different in each story, but I think the quality of the character/story writing can be summed up in Francis Trowel.  It's just flat out a noir mystery, but it's absolutely great.

Csuite
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Stunning and versatile short story collection

Reviewed at: Past Imperfect

Oof. I did not know what I was getting into with this one. Imaginings is a stunning collection of short stories, each one very different from the last and spanning a wide variety of genres. With such a wide breadth of content, you'd expect the quality to vary widely from piece to piece, but not so here. It's gold from start to finish. Professional-level quality.

Allan is a master of working the reader's emotions. All of them. One story had me in tears by the end. Another had me fuming at the heartbreaking, life-changing injustice perpetrated on an innocent victim for the sake of another's petty selfishness. (I was so angry, and impressed, that I described it to my partner, who subsequently proceeded to join me in the impressed fuming.) Yet another had me giggling at its witty narration. And a fourth gave me chills at stepping into the shoes of an amoral, vengeful protagonist who had no qualms about destroying others' lives in their single-minded pursuit for revenge.

In addition to providing all the feels, these stories are also clever and high-concept in their own right. Some (no spoilers as to which ones) contain unexpected twists. Others provide compelling insights into sides of character archetypes or plots we don't normally see. What would happen if the heroes were outsmarted? What if there was more to imaginary friends? What if the wrong people got their hands on dangerous technologies with no one to stop them? There's also one brilliant story that's uncannily relevant to current major global events; though whether this was intentional or coincidental, I'm not sure.

Couple of minor nitpicks: The grammar, while superb, does contain occasional typos in places and could benefit from a final proofread. And there's a noticeable male gaze going on across some of the stories, with a disproportionate number of middle aged male professional protagonists and a lot of conveniently young and pretty women described in terms of their attractiveness. But those are really the only criticisms I have to offer, and neither spoiled my enjoyment of the stories.

This collection is absolutely worth your time and one of the best pieces I've seen on Royal Road to date. Every story brings something different and unique to the table, so you never know what you're going to get. But with Allan's highly skilled writing, you can be assured it will be great.

Vowron Prime
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This collection of shorts is a gem. Impeccably written with perfect grammar, each standalone story is prefaced by a narrator introduction and covers a range of genres. I'm not a mystery guy myself, but I had to admit even those stories managed to suck me in right away. And the science fiction ones? They're honestly worthy of being published.

Thought-provoking, intelligent and deep, the author puts just the right amount of words on the page in the right order to suck you into his universe. When a story manages to elicit an emotional response, you know you have something special, and many of these stories did that for me.

For fans of SF especially, this is a must-read. And who knows, you might even find yourself smiling at a fairy tale story of a lonely teddybear.

Thanks author for sharing your musings with the world!

Kagan M Fallfield
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A Great Short Story Collection!

Reviewed at: Wide Open Spaces

This is a great collection that more people need to discover! There's a diverse array of genres throughout Imaginings, from sci-fi to detective thriller to even a fairy tale. I envy the fact that the author can tell a good story no matter the type. Each one is well written and very easy to get into, which is definitely what you want when writing short stories. I highly recommend this collection no matter what kind of reader you are because there's truly something here for everyone!

christos200
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A collection of short but excellent stories

Reviewed at: The Teddy Bear Who Hated Cats

General: 

A collection of different short stories, most of them sci fi. The quality of the stories is far above most found on this site and they are engrossing. 

Style/Story:

The style is different in each story. Most have a third person narration but the Francis Trowel story had a first person one. Some have more humor while others are more dramatic. All of them though are exceptionally well written and are able to catch the reader's interest.

Stories range from time travel to secret agents to aliens. Most of them are sci fi. By far the best story though was a non sci fi one. Francis Trowel managed to combine a noir/detective story with just the right amount of humor and action. All of the stories have some kind of twist, and more than once I didn't see them coming. 

 

Grammar:

Did not find any grammatical mistakes. 

Characters:

It is generally difficult to get readers invested in characters that last only one 'chapter', but the author manages to pull it off. Even though we don't spend all that many pages with the characters, we get to adequately know them and are invested in their stories, whether it is the time travel salesman, the middle aged office worker or a seemingly simple old lady. 

By far my favorite character was Francis Trowel. Just the right amount of smarts and humor. I would love to see more stories with this character. 

Summary:

To put it simply, if you are looking for a collection of good short stories to read, look no further. My only complaint is that there aren't more stories. 

 

 

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A master of Genres...

Reviewed at: Past Imperfect

This author does a fantastic job at gripping each reader in with the varying genres. Whether it is sci-fi or slice of life, I found myself enjoying each short story. I quite enjoyed the use of the notes in the beginning that provided a bit of background knowledge and synopsis. 

I typically do not find myself enjoying every chapter in these collections of short stories, but with this one I found little to dislike. I quite enjoyed it, and would read more of these if the author ever chose to make more. 

The only thing I could mark down on this chapter was the fact that the author went with the 'said is dead' rule. While I appreciate the advanced grammatical mechanisms to spice up the writing within dialogue, I saw many opportunities where the word "said" would have sufficed. It is an invisible word, but sometimes it feels more natural to go with that as opposed to "came the ____" or an alike dialogue tag.

All in all, a very very good read that I would recommend to anybody.