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  1. This tale continues the saga established in the earlier Border Wolves installments. It is pretty much imperative to read the earlier series, in order, before tackling this one, because much of the content will not make sense otherwise. And it is probably not a serious spoiler to mention that this one clearly sets the stage for a Border Wolves 4 sometime in the future! R
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    Site lag on forum.

    Still getting this error message with new topic postings. However, the topic does get posted, and the error message makes no sense. 504 ERROR The request could not be satisfied. CloudFront attempted to establish a connection with the origin, but either the attempt failed or the origin closed the connection.
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    Summer Job by Altimexis

    Another story which brings up the subject of soul mates. It is a very gratifying story and a worthwhile addition to the seemingly inexhaustible pantheon of Naptown stories. R
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    Gabriel's Island, by Marin Giustinian

    My sense is that the concept is not random as generally conceived. As in this story, one mate will be drawn, for reasons that do not necessarily make sense, to the other. Whether it's the unseen action of a god like Freyr or some other mystic influence, the notion is that forces will come into play that tend to steer the mates toward each other. R
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    Gabriel's Island, by Marin Giustinian

    I have run across this "twin souls" concept in other stories, often involving Native American culture. It is an interesting idea. R
  6. I was surprised to find no topic already in existence for this short story, which is now a Pick from the Past. I remember reading it in the past, perhaps just browsing Cole's story page, but it was fun to read again. Cole does angst better than just about anyone. it was cool to see how all the various dilemmas worked out. R
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    The King's Race by Cole Parker (Short Story)

    What a cute story. R
  8. Reading this story is like attending a play -- a lot of what "happens" flows from the dialogue. There are many twists and turns. R
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    JJ for Short by Grant Bentley

    I was intrigued to see a Grant Bentley story on the AD listings. This one is very gratifying, and is typical of Grant's stories at Codey's World. I can say this with confidence because as far as I know I've read all of them over there. They are good stories, and offer a striking variety of scenarios involving young people dealing with issues of sexuality, handicaps, prejudice, bullying, and other challenges. I would expect these stories provide a lot of reassurance to young people reading them. Nice to have a hat tip to Grant at AD. R
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    Inspiration by Cole Parker

    If he hasn't already done so, Cole should put up a wall full of pictures representing all of the teachers who have been foils, targets, helpers, mentors, good guys and bad guys in his various stories. Mrs. McHiggins would certainly merit a nice spot. Great story. My only question is what Sam recommended that his father say in response to a call from school: "Shut up, you meddling old busybody"? R
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    Best Summer Ever! by Cole Parker

    I was one of the people who held off starting with this story until it was shown as complete. I was aided in this by being heavily occupied with other things and having a backlog of other stuff to read. But I did find it much nicer to get through the piece in a single pass (over a couple of days) rather than over many weeks. I could not help thinking of Lucius "Luke" Pallfry from "First Year" when reading about Aaron's adventures. Luke was also 13, was also very smart, and also thrown into a new and unfamiliar situation. But where Luke shied away from confrontation -- as glaringly depicted in his disastrous introduction to the Banyard School -- Aaron was quick to turn any slight or insult into a confrontation, even when he was ill-equipped to succeed. Both, in their own respective ways, discovered the flaws in their respective default manners of dealing with the world. And both had pivotal moments involving boxing matches where one opponent received an uppercut to the nuts. I admit that I was left with a few questions at the end; nothing serious, though. Micah seemed to fall off the edge of the story, which seemed a bit curious. Also, we can only guess how Aaron's visit to the camp was funded, or what similarity there might have been to how Dylan's introduction to the camp was funded. Anyway, it was a gratifying story with a nice ending that implied good things for the main characters. R
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    Passing It On

    I am just an absolute sucker for this kind of story. Yeah, hankies, for sure. R
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    Tennis Anyone by Cole Parker

    I'm astonished that no one has started a thread for this story. Interesting twist at the end, and of course the story ended way, way too soon. Knowing Cole's knack for creating lead characters that carry out really clever ideas that require lots of pluck, I was hoping we'd see that here. But I'm sure we can all imagine how that would come out. Above all else, though, I have to comment about the two pictures at the beginning. Those boys are so handsome and winning in their own individual ways -- it would be had to pick a favorite. Excellent choices. Good work all round. R
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    Bullies by Colin Kelly

    It is clear that my point is being missed. I'm not advocating that a season of Law and Order be crammed into the short story, or anything comparable. What I am saying is that when the author introduces significant, provocative events and elements, there should be a purpose for those elements and they should pay off in some way -- no matter how lame -- rather than simply being abandoned and ignored. If, in fact, the story won't accommodate "a season of Law and Order," then those elements and events don't belong in the story to start with. The truth is, while I think some of the events simply don't belong without a clear story purpose, the other ones could be disposed of in some way with a few paragraphs. One way or another, however, they deserve to be acknowledged. R
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    Bullies by Colin Kelly

    I have to take exception to @Cole Parker's position, but perhaps I didn't make my original point very well.