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Don Broyles Books In Order

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Elevator (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Doughboy: And Other Strange Tales(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Don Broyles
Don Broyles is an author of fiction books best known for his debut novel, Doughboy: And Other Strange Tales. The Tennessee-born author holds an English degree from Miami University, but he dropped from his Ph. D. in English program before completion. After school, Broyles worked as a bookseller, publication editor in Arkansas Press Association, and Photographer, to mention but a few. While he still works at mobileread, Broyles is directing most of his energy on his writing so his fan can expect to read more of his unique stories in the future.

Doughboy: And Other Strange Tales
Ever wondered what lurks underneath your bed or what would happen if you were trapped in an elevator for years? How about the cries the Doughboy makes when he is put in the oven or the madness of clowns? If any of the above thoughts have crossed your mind, you will love this book. Doughboy is a collection of 57 strange stories told in different voices. All stories are short, imaginative, and thoroughly entertaining. While some end abruptly leaving you yearning for more, others end perfectly, giving you the closure you need.

Some of the most notable stories include Baking Bob, The Peytons, Hillbilly Clowns, The Stains in the Attic, and Scrawny Butts. Most of these stories are almost similar in length, and each takes at most three pages. The characters in these stories will stay with you long after you are done reading, and you can only wish that the writer will expound more on them in future books. While some of the stories are told in a unique style, others are just plain and simple. You will enjoy meeting the different characters in these stories and interacting with them, albeit for a short time.

Broyle’s writing is flawless, and it is hard to believe that this is his debut novel. His writing is quite unique, and it’s incredible how he comes up with the most bizarre explanations about everyday situations. Read these stories and let the narrators take you into different worlds where the impossible happens, and you get to experience some of the thoughts that have crossed your mind. Unlike most self-published books, this one is well-edited, so you can enjoy reading without typos and other grammatical errors.

Doughboy is an intriguing collection of short stories. The author has compiled some imaginative tales that are far from ordinary and told them in just a few words so you can read an entire story in a matter of minutes. At only 177 pages, this book is quite short and perfect if you are looking for something easy and entertaining to keep you busy over a few hours. While you may feel hang-up after having to bid a favorite character goodbye too soon, you can be sure that you will have loads of fun while reading this collection.

The Elevator
The Elevator is an intriguing story that will take your imagination to the next level. Imagine you are trapped in an elevator inside a large shopping mall. Fifteen years have passed, and while you can see the crowds that throng in every day, they do not notice you. However, you are not trapped in this elevator alone. All sorts of misfits surround you, and you get to see everyone at their worst. There are the psychotic and murderous elevator occupants who threaten your peace as well as the flatulent dog with greasy farts.

The narrator starts the book by focusing on the first year this group was trapped. Everyone was happy because they were sure help was on the way. Anytime, maintenance would smash the glass doors and set those in the elevator free. Maybe they could even be rewarded with a free hamburger for their patience. However, this doesn’t happen. As hours turn into days, it starts to sink that this will be their new home for quite a while. No matter how they pound the doors or yell, people went around their business like they couldn’t see them.

Among the people trapped is Flem Pickering, a silver-haired, large-veiled man with an immense beer belly. For the first year, Flem spent most of his time talking about him sour marriage, but as days pass, no one even cares anymore. There is also Jimmy Flagstaff, a young man who suggests that an excellent way to attract people’s attention would be to strip naked and expose their private parts to the shoppers in the mall. The women squeal at this suggestion, but Carol Clune, who is a prostitute, seems less bothered by this suggestion.

Carol Clune is a woman in her mid-twenties who comes with a graceful and svelte figure. Everyone in the elevator lusts after her, well except Phil Brinker. Phil is a banker who also likes to think of himself as a comedian. The funny thing is that since the day this group got stuck, Phil had never said anything that made the others laugh. While others were busy joking about their predicament, Phil was busy motivating them and talking about how this experience would strengthen them. However, Phil seems weak against Carol, who manages to bring the worst in him.

The most outstanding thing about this book is its characters. All of them have something that makes them unique, and meeting each of them is quite intriguing. The storyline is also unique. This, plus the flawless narration and rising tension as days turn into months, turns this into a page-turner. Are you curious to read about the different characters and the transformations they experience over the years?

The Elevator is an absurd yet humorous story of eleven individuals who find themselves stuck in an elevator together. The narrator writes about things as they happen, starting from the first day all the way to the fifteen-year mark. All characters are well introduced, and you get to know each of them better the more you read this story. This book is just 100 pages long, so it is perfect if you are looking for a light and entertaining read.

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