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  1. How It All Blew Up Arvin Ahmadi has written a novel that is authentic, hilarious and heart-wrenching all at once. A unique point of view combined with riveting storytelling, How It All Blew Up will grab you from the first page and won't let go - Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE HATE U GIVE and ON THE COME UP Eighteen-year-old Amir Azadi always knew that coming out to his Muslim family would be messy, but he wasn't expecting it to end in an airport interrogation room. Now, he's telling his side of the story to the stern-faced officer. Amir has to explain why he ran away to Rome (boys, bullies, blackmail) and what he was doing there for a month (dates in the Sistine Chapel, friends who helped him accept who he is, and, of course, drama) . . . all while his mum, dad and little sister are being interrogated in the room next door. A nuanced take on growing up brown, Muslim and gay in today's America, HOW IT ALL BLEW UP is the story of one boy's struggle to come out to his family, and how that painful process exists right alongside his silly, sexy romp through Italy. https://books.google.fr/books/about/How_It_All_Blew_Up.html?id=FPLbDwAAQBAJ&source=kp_book_description&redir_esc=y https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/625445/how-it-all-blew-up-by-arvin-ahmadi/9780593202890# PS. If you want the ebook I'll send it to you.
  2. James K

    Chapter XI

    A clue, some guessing, and maybe a surprise...
  3. James K

    Chapter X

    @drpaladin Vyacheslav for his part has a sort of explanation, although we are never certain about what he is saying, on the other hand, Konstantin, tends to simply be absent without explanation. I have no clues for you other than you may read between the lines and imagine the reasons... I have to keep a little mystery!
  4. I just finished a historical romance set in 19th century Russia and I adopted a mode of writing which reflected the period. I didn't write the story entirely in an English of the period, but expressions and the way of speaking appropriate to that time peppered the story throughout. I purposely avoided any modern expressions or mode of speaking, so my writing mode was very much geared to the story setting. Considering a real drama story or fantasy, I would if writing one simply use a mode of writing that is modern, although the theme of the story might dictate a certain way of writing, which in effect is a mode, however, I'm not certain that would be a conscious decision on my part, but it could be, if I was clever enough.
  5. Thank you @chris191070 and @Okiegrad for your comments, much appreciated, pleased you and a few others enjoyed the story, I equally enjoyed writing it, and may have another if it comes together.
  6. "I heard your voice," Princess Anoushka rushed up to me. I had only that minute entered the lodge and bade good morning to her mother, who appeared to me to look much older than I remembered, her face drawn and haggard. Princess Anoushka looked at me intently, "I am so pleased to see you. I was beginning to think I would not see you again. I know I have sometimes tormented you, but all the same I am not what you imagine me." She turned away and strolled over to the window, she sta
  7. James K

    Chapter XX

    @Okiegrad I always find it a little sad to reach the end of a story which I have enjoyed, but nevertheless there is also a certain satisfaction and if the ending is done right, I leave the characters to their lives, with a smile on my lips.
  8. I am not sure what you are saying about font size because the example you give above shows your chosen Tahoma 20 which appears big on my tablet and a default text size which appears small. However the text size when I read stories online is in between both and pretty much perfect because I chose it, all you need do to adjust the text to suite yourself and your device is to use the inbuilt text adjustment A+ or A- from the menu at the top of each chapter, where you can also toggle to white text on black, 3/4 or 1/2 screen and paragraph indents or none. You really do not need to force a text size which negates the inbuilt function!
  9. James K

    Chapter XX

    The next day my mother announced she was returning to Moscow. My father and mother had a long talk together in her bedroom, but no one knew what was said, however, my mother stayed in her room and did not leave throughout the day. Having decided there was nothing I could do at home, I went in search of Spartak. I thought I should put whatever was going on between my patents out of my mind, because after all, it changed very little except with my mother absent I would not be subjected to her
  10. James K

    Chapter XIX

    I cannot properly describe what passed within me over the course of the next week, it was a strange sort of chaos, a peculiar mixture of hope, joy, thoughts, and suspicions. I was immersed in a whirlwind of emotions like a thunderous storm and soon events would change my life forever. I was afraid of myself and what might happen, I was caught up in the life of the Gabrelyanovs, torn apart by my feelings for Konstantin, and I was soon to be devastated by the revelation of my new found companion.
  11. I don't know if you (the site admin) are still looking at, working on, genres, because a recent story drew my attention to an anomaly, the doubling of genres. The genre in question is Western, it is a main genre with its sub-genres, romance, historical, etc. However, the main genre Romance, has the sub-genre western, and the main genre Historical, also has the sub-genre western. Thus, the story can be labelled: Western, romance / Western, historical / Romance, western / Historical, western, a doubling of genres? I would have thought if you want Western as a main genre, you exclude it as a sub-genre, and the same would apply to any other main genre, by virtue that a main genre is not a sub-genre.
  12. When I got up all the emotion of the previous day had gone, I was left with only questions as if given a puzzle which needed the pieces fitting together, but must surely have some bits missing because there was no clear picture. I thought I would find Konstantin at the Gabrelyanovs with the Princess and perhaps I should talk with him, or both of them, and explain what I saw last night. As I entered the lodge I had second thoughts, it would appear rather peculiar to say I had been hiding in the g
  13. The next morning I saw Princess Anoushka leaving the lodge and shortly after as I walked through the garden I found Vyacheslav, he had some plants in his hand. "Good morning," I greeted, and he turned to look at me. "Fennel and rosemary," he said, stretching out his arm. I looked at him bemused. "Sniff the scent," he pushed the bunch of greenery under my nose and I breathed in the sweet odour. "Herbs, these are good for changing the air." I stood still, looking at him, a rath
  14. Your thread is getting hijacked into comments on story content and themes, when your point is all about the quality of the writing, and let's be honest, you have a perfectly good point. Everybody and their dog believes they can write a book, some can, others can't, some writing is not bad, some is exceptionally good, and other stuff is simply dreadful. We are talking writing quality, the writing of reasonably good English. For those exceptionally poorly written stories, and I have read the paint drying sagas that go on forever and describe each excruciating detail of the protagonist's life, from morning to dusk, not omiting brushing their teeth and visiting the bathroom, and I was astonished when another reader thought such writting simply amazing! What I do is I don't read it. Everyone has different ideas about what is good writing although standards do exist, evident through the classic English literature that is used in education, but here for the most part you read it or you leave it.
  15. James K

    Chapter XVI

    The next weekend after dinner everyone was assembled at the Gabrelyanovs, Konstantin was back, Vyacheslav and Radomir, the Princess greeted them and the game of forfeits began again. This time it was different, the tone of the evening had changed and each participant was charged to recount a truth on a theme Princess Anoushka chose. By virtue of my new found status as confidant I sat beside her and urged the others to their recounting of tales. It was not entirely successful, because the histori
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