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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org I would recommend people to read this book especially those who are passionate to know what really happens in our societies. This book has clear descriptions of what is happening at what time. It has a good and smooth flow and one does not have to strain to understand the book. No […]

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4/4

The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book has a captivating storyline, I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for a mature reader looking for a realistic medical related novel. This book gave me no room for boredom, it has 182 pages with every chapter going straight to the point therefore making the book easily understandable. The […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 The book is a collection of 33 short stories, a novella and two graphic novels. Illustrations enhance each story, supplementing the readers experience and understanding. Peter Healy wonderfully illustrated the two graphic novels, which are the retelling of previous short stories in the collection. The characters and themes throughout this book are unique. While they […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is a work of fiction written by William H. Coles. This book is a powerful one. The subtle messages passed across by the author are the same issues ravaging our homes and societies today. Messages of poverty, love, gun control, dysfunctional homes, selfishness and so many others. I rate this book […]

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McDowell Stay With This One. It’s Worth It. Do you know the feeling of spending a significant portion of time reading a rather long novel, and when you reach the conclusion, you are sad to say goodbye to the complex and interesting characters that inhabit the story? I experience this phenomenon with the occasional book. This […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The most intriguing thing about this book is the “antihero” element in it. McDowell might be the protagonist of the novel, but in no way is he the “hero”. The protagonist is by no means a loveable character. He has his own set of flaws and there is nothing idealistic about him. […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I loved best about Guardian of Deceit was the character development. William H. Coles really did a great job of developing almost all the characters that appeared in the book. He made the likes, dislikes, history, attitudes, weekeness etc. of characters such as Sweeney, Mrs Thompson, Helen, Lazlo, known intimately to […]

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4/4

Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author manages to create emotions of intense sympathy and interest for many of the characters in the reader. His writing is crisp and very effective. Written from the third person narrative, a compelling plot is created that generates excitement and an atmosphere of mounting social tension. An feeling of life in […]

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Tour of Duty Tour of Duty by William H. Coles is a historical novel set in France in the 1960s. Central character Miles Ballard arrives at the US Air Force base and soon gets a taste of the French hostility towards Americans. Nevertheless, his work as a physician is all-consuming as he attends to not only General Thomas […]

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McDowell Another William Coles book under my belt and I enjoyed it immensely, the book was an elevated literary fiction book in which the character study and the amazing writing balanced well with the plot. I would honestly say that the writing took me by surprise because the author transported me into the individual thoughts with […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org enjoyed the variety of characters and locales throughout the book. Hiram interacts with many work colleagues, family, and then strangers who become friends in the second half of the book. There is something for just about everyone included in McDowell. I would recommend this book to all readers. There was nothing I […]

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4/4

The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org I loved every aspect of the book and found it hard to put it down. Every event in the book kept me hooked on discovering what would happen next. In addition, I appreciate how the author gives every character a voice of their own. My favorite character is Mike. Although he had […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org I was fascinated with how the author eloquently wrote about the greatest battles that we encounter most specifically, the war in our minds. Despite the fact that Lucy was very much well learned and educated, she was not able to overcome the rejection experienced from her own family. She lost herself in […]

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4/4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I give Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. The ability to convey the whole spectrum of emotions associated with a character in short stories displays the author’s skill. Characters created by the author are so realistic as to allow readers to connect […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from Readers’ Favorite William H. Coles’ The Surgeon’s Wife is a story set in New Orleans about Dr. Mike Boudreaux and his mentor, Dr. Clayton Otherson. The story opens with Mike in surgery and called to assist Otherson because his surgery is going awry. The patient is saved, but Otherson’s mishap opens the door […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Sympathizing with the villain might seem far-fetched for a lot of readers but in the book McDowell, the readers’ beliefs about antagonists might be challenged. McDowell is a book about the main character of the book’s same name, Hiram McDowell, and how his actions affected the lives of those he met along […]

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4/4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I did enjoy reading this book. As an avid reader and huge fan of short stories, this has to be among the best pieces I have read so far. The plots are written in beautiful and artistic ways that help readers form imagery as they read. All the themes discussed are very […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters and found myself rooting for some over others as the story progressed. Hearing from reporters, co-workers, and relatives of Hiram, gives an interesting perspective as you see that different people have different views on the same thing. One person may have a great […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book is fiction and the story is set up in the 1980s. The content of the story revolves around the strong desires and emotions of an attractive and married woman toward a man who has a darker side to him. The book describes the constant inner struggle and guilt of the […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I rated McDowell, by William H. Coles, 4 out of 4 stars. This is a fascinating and thought-provoking novel. The plot and character development are exceptional, as is the writing and editing. This novel would appeal to the reader who is fascinated by character study and development, and a nuanced examination of […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The short stories vary in genre and length, the shortest being of one page and the longest being sixteen pages. They all are very interesting, touching subjects such as race, poverty and disability. My favourites were “The Gift”, for Catherine’s point of view of disability; “The Indelible Myth”, because the mix-up of […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles, without a doubt, has a deep understanding of human emotions and a keen eye for detail. Every story is an intense narrative of the things love, anger, fear, apprehension and grief makes us do. Through the pages you will find yourself becoming a part of the lives of a woman who […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked about this book is that the characters of Lucy’s family were developed in such a way that the reader can get an insight as to why Lucy was so desperate to be loved by Hower Bain. However, the character of Hower Bain is not fully developed. He remains an […]

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4/4

Tour of Duty Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I loved most about the book was how the author was able to give us an insight into the character’s mind. I felt connected to the character. I felt angry when the commander kept rejecting his ideas, even though it was going to save many lives. I wondered if the military […]

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4/4

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org I like the organized structure of the book. There are definitions and discussions of terminologies, which have tremendous educational value. I appreciate that the author could explain the most fundamental aspects of storytelling in a short book instead of a long textbook for creative writing. I admire how William H. Coles used […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This novel deserves a 4 out of 4. Mr. Coles writes seamlessly from one point of view to the next. Even though the point of view changes frequently (approximately after every couple of chapters), it does not distract the reader from enjoying the book. In fact, the different perspectives serve to highlight […]

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4/4

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is very useful for people who are just starting to make fiction stories, because of the basic and principal things in this book. There are no negative aspects to this informative book. Everything is professionally edited. I didn’t find any typos or grammar errors in this book. This book deserves […]

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4/4

The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org Human nature has always been fascinating to me. What makes people do the things that they do? This is the type of issue that William H. Coles explores in his book The Surgeon’s Wife. Though this book is not full of action, it does have violence and turmoil. The themes are dark […]

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4/4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Illustrated Short Stories of William .H. Cole is a collection of Thirty short stories, two graphic novels and two novellas. The stories are of varying lengths with the shortest being less than two pages. The themes of the story include love, grief, hope, death and generally simple themes we are familiar with. […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org There were a lot of things that I really liked about Coles’ writing style. Although this novel was a lot shorter than one might have expected, its language was succinct instead of entirely lacking. The author provides the reader with the details needed to further the plot and no more, ensuring that […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I celebrate the crafting of this novel. In literary instruction, we’re told to ensure that our protagonists grow between the beginning and ending of novels. This central character does. Supporting his story are supporting figures that are well outlined, written, and motivated by relevant backstories. Every minor bit ties in with the […]

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4/4

Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org This is the first book I have read by this author. He definitely had a way of drawing me in and keeping me interested. I was intrigued as it challenged my emotions and thinking. I am looking forward to reading more novels written by William H. Coles. Personally, I liked the overall […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I loved most about the book is Cole’s wrought writing style; very detailed descriptions, of people, events, places and emotions to mention a few . Also, the introduction of each chapter with a title of which character the chapter is about, the italicized writing to explain a character’s thought process, the […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles created a really beautiful story with a lot of relatable content and I couldn’t help but keep reading. He gave his main character everything that is normally longed for in life and then went on to make her choose the one thing that is mostly sacrifised in life, contentment. […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 In his expansive short story collection, author William H. Coles treats readers to 16 years of his short form literary fiction, including two stories presented with their own graphic novel style adaptations. Interspersed are accompanying illustrations from various artists. Coles excels at diverse and expertly crafted character studies. Whether his subjects are physicians or felons, […]

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5/5

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 by William H. Coles is an exceptional compendium of 33 short stories, two graphic novels, and a novella, a collection that offers a wonderful literary treat, beautifully told and brimming with exquisite beauty. “The Gift” introduces the collection, and it features a family conflict developed around an […]

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McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles presents the tragic fall of an arrogant man from grace. Hiram McDowell is a brilliant, admired, and respected surgeon with many flaws — arrogance, narcissism, and boundless pride. He is a selfish man who watches his climbing partner die on Mt. Everest, belittles his wife, ignores his children, and tricks […]

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4/4

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Short-story veteran, William. H. Coles condenses his years of experience into this book which attempts to explain the intricacies involved in creating powerful literary fiction stories. Having read a few of Coles’ books, most of which I thoroughly enjoyed, I was quite pleased and excited to finds this manual listed on the […]

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The Art of Creating Story Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS In The Art of Creating Story by William H. Coles, the author defines the essential components of good fiction and teaches readers how to go about developing these elements. The main points of the book are developed in the first two parts that expose the concept of a story […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles successfully created Darwin to be a mature and likeable teenager who is trustworthy and wise beyond his years. Darwin possesses attributes that gives society a run for their money when comparing others of similar ages. He is driven to be successful and wishes to be accepted to medical school and no […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked the outstanding character development in this book. Hiram McDowell is a flawed man. Most books have one-dimensional characters, either all good or all bad. McDowell is very multi-dimensional. He is very bad, self-centered, and selfish. But there is also a good side to him. He does love his children, even […]

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5/5

The Surgeon's Wife Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS A novel that will surprise you by the way author William H. Coles brings depth to his characters, The Surgeon’s Wife is set in New Orleans and centers on the friendship between two brilliant doctors. Clayton Otherson is Mike Boudreaux’s professor and mentor during training, renowned in the medical […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org Clear your diaries! Clear your schedules! And cancel all social plans. Because once you start reading The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles, you won’t be able to stop. Set in 1980s Atlanta, the story follows the romantic trials and tribulations of the beautiful, but oh- so exhaustingly difficult, Lucy MacMiel. […]

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5/5

McDowell I became a strong fan of William H. Coles after reading his novels The Surgeon’s Wife, The Spirit of Want, and Guardian of Deceit, so when I stumbled on McDowell, I knew it would be another spellbinding and well-written story. I wasn’t wrong. It is the same powerful and unique literary voice, focused and steady. […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org W. H. Coles establishes unforgettable levels of barbaric ambition for the central character, Hiram McDowell, in his newest novel titled McDowell. Born into wealth and nourished by an innate thirst for power, Hiram McDowell achieves accolades for superior skills as a top surgeon. His physical achievements in mountain climbing are likewise impressive. […]

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5/5

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 A collection of short stories, graphic novels and a novella that all grapple with the idea of humanity, human errors, and how every human perceives a situation differently. Sometimes the stories are about counting your blessings and being happy with them, and sometimes the stories are about the trials and tests that humans have to […]

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4/4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 is one of the most amazing novels I’ve read so far. It has 34 stories with two more stories that are graphic novels of already given chapters in the book. Since it is a collection of short stories, I was a little skeptical to […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org One of the reasons why I have come to enjoy this book was Hiram’s character development. From a man who thought he had no fault and believed fate was cruel to him; he transcended into someone who realized his faults and was willing to improve his ways. He showed kindness to the […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I really enjoyed this book such that I took several mugs of coffee to keep reading non-stop. The author gives us insightful events that open our minds to deep understanding. The crumbling of Hiram’s career led him to seek understanding of the human nature. He started to learn about meaning and happiness […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles is an extraordinary author and his style made the book a pleasure to read. He used many imagery techniques to help develop his settings and characters, but allowed our imaginations to take control. In only the first few chapters, I could see that this was going to be an enjoyable read, […]

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4/4

The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org Bored with the romance novel clichés and searching for something new then you are on the right place. The Surgeon’s wife, a romance novel written by William H. Coles, will bring you a whole new world, a world that you will never want to leave. To be honest, once I read Coles […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org To be honest, I couldn’t find much that was wrong in this book. I believe that the book has been professionally edited. I might have come across a couple of errors with commas and other punctuation, but the story and its characters had me intrigued and I stopped noticing errors after a […]

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5/5

The Spirit of Want The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles tells the story of the MacMeil family and how they affect the people they meet. A.J. is a patriarch and gifted surgeon, his wife Agnes is his faithful companion and they have two daughters. Lucy is a Puerto Rican beauty who was adopted before they had their […]

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4/4

Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Guardian of Deceit was an excellent read. From start to finish, I was completely captivated, frantically flipping the pages to see what would come next. One of my favorite parts about this book was how Coles managed to allude to certain things rather than just saying them upfront. So instead of […]

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Guardian of Deceit Guardian of Deceit by William H Coles is a contemporary literary fiction novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of adults and young adults who enjoy mystery adventure stories. Darwin Hastings lost his parents and now his aunt can no longer care for him, which forces him to travel from Pittsburgh to New […]

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4/4

The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org “The Surgeon’s Wife” by William H. Coles is a literacy drama with romance and medical elements that create originality and keeps the story addicting to read. It is a story most people can relate to. Not wanting to put the book down, since it is so interesting, and wants the reader to […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell somehow sends us a message. It tells us to be open-minded and considerate with the persons around us. Oftentimes, we tend to be opinionated particularly if we see a pattern of wrongdoings in others. McDowell teaches us to be objective in looking at things and circumstances. For we, too, are not […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Spirit of Want is a character-driven story that engaged me just from the beginning due to its omniscient character description, realistic and constantly guessing storyline. There is never a dull moment in the story. The multifaceted characters, changing perspectives, and diverse rituals are the prominent features of this book. The element […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org In this published book, it embodies different situations in the real world. It revolves around the struggles of humanity and the characters’ strong personality to face those. Furthermore, it includes illustrations to fully picture the setting of the story. Coles portrays perfectly the vivid setting around the characters. They will forcefully drag […]

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4/4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I like the writing style of the author. Despite the short length of the tales, Coles’ managed to fit in a unique and thorough plot. What I liked most about the anthology is how it delves into the grey areas of morality and how circumstances can affect one’s decisions. The plight of […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author does a good job creating a multi-layered storyline with a lot of twists and turns which keeps the reader engaged throughout.The book also has a mixture of very interesting characters who are well developed and easy to relate to. My own favourite was, of course, Darwin who is the protagonist […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 “Everybody has a story” is a well-worn phrase. But how many of us, as we go about our busy lives, ever stop to think about the home life of that disabled boy carrying out groceries or rounding up the emptied shopping carts around the parking lot? Or what would we find if we could read […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book was quite interesting. There were no monologues dedicated to character development, the author gradually unveiled his characters as the book progressed. The author’s characters remained true till the end. For example, Lucy portrayed a selfish individual who sought after her desires without considering the consequences of her actions while Elizabeth […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell by William H. Coles is a story filled with a lot of mixed feelings. Hiram is selfish and arrogant and yet there is something about him that makes one not hate him wholeheartedly. He is wrong on so many things and yet he is right in bringing his children to a […]

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5/5

Creating Literary Stories I decided to read Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles because I am a writer and I’m always trying to work on and improve my craft. I have four books published, but I always want to improve, I always want to write more, and better. I have taken courses and […]

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5/5

Guardian of Deceit Guardian of Deceit by William H Coles is another interesting novel from this author. Darwin Hastings flies from Pittsburgh to New York. After the death of his parents years ago, he had been living with an aunt who can’t support him anymore. Now he plans to live with his football-star cousin Luther Pinnelli, dreaming of […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book is a literary drama and romance novel and I feel Mr.Coles did a great job. I feel like I am in a character’s heart and I felt original while reading this. The whole story goes in very suspense and flows that inspired me to read it more and more day […]

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4/4

Tour of Duty Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles has brought to life a myriad of characters that help to shape up Tour of Duty into a wonderful story. The main character has also been well-developed; he is very imperfect, but yet kind and thoughtful. The book is clearly well written, and it is very obvious that the […]

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5/5

The Spirit of Want The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles is a powerful story that is emotionally charged and intense, a tale with psychological depth and emotional insight. When Lucy MacMeil accepts the sleazy TV evangelist accused of rape as a client, she couldn’t imagine that this case would rock her entire world, including her profession and […]

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4/4

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles does a better job of teaching and explaining what goes into a story than any writing class I’ve ever taken. All of his points are concise and well explained. One thing that I particularly liked about this book was how it is laid out and organized. At the beginning of each […]

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5/5

McDowell This is the story of a man named McDowell, who had everything he ever wanted. Whatever he wanted, he achieved and he was proud of it. Envied by his peers, he was arrogant and selfish, but not with his family. He truly loved them and wanted the best for them, so when his grandson commits […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org In McDowell, William H. Coles has presented a compelling story of atonement. The atoner is the titular character, Hiram McDowell, who is introduced to us as a gifted surgeon, a ruthless careerist, a shameless philanderer, and in general an amoral, nasty piece of work. His only redeeming feature is his love of […]

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4/4

Tour of Duty Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book is enthralling and the end is really satisfying. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The author creates emotional appeal when he writes about the experiences of non-Aryan during The Nazi rule. There is a lot to learn from the book, for instance, enabling the world to understand […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book produced mixed emotions. As I read, I developed anger, hatred and admiration for the character of Hiram, the protagonist, a multi-talented character. He was a surgeon, a musician and a mountain climber. The book is divided into two parts. The first part showed Hiram, a bad parent, an uncaring and […]

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The Surgeon's Wife The Surgeon’s Wife is split into three parts. Vivid illustrations on the book cover and also preceding the text for each part perfectly complement this engaging story. The book is told from multiple viewpoints which provides valuable insight into the feelings, perceptions, and motives of each of the pertinent characters in the story, and how […]

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4/4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I appreciate about William H. Coles writing is that he gave the stories realistic endings. I can’t deny that there were times where I felt frustrated by how the stories ended because I thought it was unfair. However, life isn’t fair. Things do not always end up the way we imagine. […]

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4/4

The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org The theme of the book, which has already been told so many times, would be one of many if there aren’t so many layers with the very serious topics that distinguish this story from the others. One of these topics which frequently appear in the book, and again in several variants and […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Spirit of Want is undoubtedly the most interesting novel by William H. Coles.This book which is a thrilling marriage of ethical and emotional narration takes the romance genre to a new level. Unlike traditional love stories that are filled with tender loving and care, intimate affection and erotic magnetism, we find […]

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4/4

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed this book so much that I did not observe any negative aspect in it. The writer gave diligence to details while writing this informative and educative piece. Obviously, this is coming from an authority in this noble field. This book covers every aspect of storytelling that will make a writer […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org This is really a great book. I love the individual characteristics and the scenes were engrossing. Their unique characters let the readers, like me, felt like I’m also a part of the story. How can a family stand the test of time if they don’t know how to communicate each other, appreciate […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org llustrated Short Fiction has a lot of stories where you can feel the hurt and betrayal that the characters experience. William H. Coles chose the words so well that one can feel the anxiety of a little girl or the anger of a betrayed woman. Reaching the end of some stories you […]

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4/4

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Inside the book, there are four things that I like. These are the definitions, examples, summaries, and the whys, like “why literary stories fail.” Every chapter starts with the definitions of literary words. These terms are operationally defined as to what their functions in the story that the writers are creating. As […]

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5/5

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 I’m not a big reader of short stories. I prefer novels most of the time, but some short stories have impressed me over the years, and I have a sneaking suspicion that I should read more short stories in order to improve my own writing. I reviewed a book by William H. Coles recently called […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is great for those who like works of fiction which most likely will have one reading again just to allow the story to sink and for some reflection. I recommend it to them. The nature of the story will leave the reader questioning the morally acceptable choices we ought to […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I thoroughly enjoyed the character development of McDowell. William H. Coles very expertly made this character come alive for us. Through powerful dialogues and intriguing plot the reader ends up holding their breath for what will happen next. The catharsis of McDowell redeems his character which makes the reader sympathize with him […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked the fonts, they were easy to read and I didn’t notice any mistakes in grammar or spelling. This book is definitely oriented to a mature audience; the theme of the story and the language that McDowell uses to describe women or people can be disturbing to sensible or younger readers. […]

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5/5

Sister Carrie The Broward parents, from Piedmont of North Carolina, died at the same time, leaving the adult and almost-adult family of four children. After the funeral and cleaning out the house and outbuildings, Henry returned to Arizona and Martha to Michigan. Jessie, in her twenties, had no choice but to take seventeen-year-old Carrie into her small […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The best part about the book is that the suspense and thrill of the story remain throughout to the end of the book. I loved the writing style of the author especially the language which is easy to understand and I also found the narration to the point. I didn’t spot any […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org The greatest strength of the book is the quality of writing. The author uses English language magnificently and manages to convey ideas with a great dea of subtlety and nauce. In my opinion, the quality of writting mixed with the choice of words made the book an interesting read all by themselves. […]

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McDowell McDowell by William H Coles brings us the tale of a man who, having reached the top of his profession, self-destructs and loses it all, then attempts to rebuild his life from scratch. McDowell is a world-renowned surgeon, lauded by all as one of the best in the business and he knows it. This overachiever […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is skillfully written and constructed. William Coles seems to have done many researches in the medical, legal, and religious fields to come up with this brilliant book. In The Spirit of Want, you will find a vivid picture of reality. By using action verbs and powerful adjectives, Coles manages to […]

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4/4

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org I had never realized the importance of a word choice in stories before reading this. Characterization, starting from the name of the character, is also something that holds significance in causing an impact on the reader. William Coles did an excellent job to help writers improve! What I liked most about the […]

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4/4

The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org I would give this novel a 4 out of 4 stars. I thought it was a great length; the story was thoroughly presented without too much verbiage. My favorite aspect of the novel was the relatable moral and ethical healthcare dilemmas that Dr. Boudreaux found himself facing. As a nurse, I have […]

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4/4

McDowell It was a great pleasure and privilege to read this book. Hands off to the author for a marvellous work of fiction, for absolute literary greatness. We meet Hiram McDowell, an American man with a complex man with an even more complex life and we are immersed into the journey of his life and his […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author, William H. Coles, is a literary genius who created a dramatic story about a surgeon’s adventures through a tumultuous life. The book was very believable, especially considering the author’s background of ophthalmic surgery. He allowed the reader to experience the main character, Hiram McDowell’s, vulnerable life ridden with constant decision-making […]

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4/4

The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org I like William Cole’s books. He is a great award-winning author who writes realistically. He has a flair for word flow. He chooses apt words, sentences, and conversations for his story. He has a unique and appealing character development style. His way of describing the ambiance is fantastic. The Surgeon’s Wife is […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book was a very satisfying read for me, because the details and story development are written very precisely, with little to no “fluff” or unnecessary information. I was able to turn the pages quickly and without confusion as to what was going on. Although I was never confused, I also never […]

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5/5

McDowell In McDowell by William H. Coles, Hiram McDowell, a self-obsessed, narcissistic surgeon, is on his second marriage and heading quickly for divorce. Hiram believes people, including his wife and children, exist to serve his needs. He manages to make many enemies in business too and is facing an investigation into professional misconduct. Hiram seems oblivious […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles has done an excellent job creating a character that is nuanced, likeable but self-serving. The type of person that is likely to turn up in professional life. He has insight into human character and the motivations that drive people to make poor or even shocking decisions. The book is full of […]

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4/4

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is character driven. There is a plot, but the most interesting part is McDowell’s transformation. After reading the first few chapters, I hated his character. He treated everyone around him like inferior beings. He treated the women especially badly, and I don’t think he viewed them as human. As the […]

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Kenyon Lectures

Presented by William H. Coles at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio.

Narration in Literary Fiction: Making the Right Choices

June 22, 2010

How Humor Works in Fiction

June 25, 2009

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Books on Writing

The art of writing stories in literary fiction is a vast topic not easily captured in a single book. And there are numerous books on the craft of writing that, while important, miss the concepts of most value to the literary fiction author.
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Stories for Study

Stories that give delight through imaginative development and continue to do so for generations have not only a universality to them, but are also valuable examples for writers. When a story becomes part of our literary heritage, story elements such as characters, events, and phrasing, often become a usable part of our language and actually enhance communication and understanding among us all.   Recommended reading …

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Books about Writing

Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide

Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles. An essential guide for every writer of fiction. Learn: Character, Narration, Structure, Dialogue, Point of View, Writing in Scene, Drama (Conflict-Action-Resolution), Humor, Revision. …more…

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Story in Literary Fiction

Story in Literary Fiction: A Manual for Writers, by William H. Coles, is a succinct and clearly written reference for fiction writers. Principles and guidelines for writing present the essence of creating a memorable story. …more…

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Literary Story as an Art Form: A Text for Writers

This textbook helps writers become the best storytellers possible. Part I provides clear, useful ways of structuring and writing a great literary story. Part II takes a sample of an original short story created for the text and details options and choices in writing the story from beginning idea to the last revision. …more…

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Book Candy TV

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Writer/artist team Josh Neufeld and Sari Wilson.
Julia Glass about her recent novel “The Widower’s Tale.”


Workshop Advice

Workshops – I. Choosing a workshop

Ideas to help chose a workshop that will be most useful to your writing career. …read…

Workshops – II. Making the Experience Valuable

Can you assure your experience at a workshop will provide maximum improvement in your writing, and not just comments on a manuscript or writing exercises? Ideas for helping you extract the most from the workshop experience. …read…

Workshops – III. How to Critique a Manuscript

Suggestions for organizing the critique of a manuscript. …read…

Workshops – IV. Workshops and Literary Agents

Advice on what to expect from agents and editors who attend writing conferences as faculty or publication resources. …read…

Workshops – V. Top-Ten Rules for Fiction Workshops

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  • Aimee Ann

    Hi there,

    I am emailing you today because I am interested in reviewing your work on my blog – RedheadedBooklover. My blog has amassed a large amount of followers and a loyal readership in a short amount of time and I would love so much to feature your work there. I am always on the lookout for great books I can feature for my readers; that is why I was so thrilled when I just now came across your work because your work looks wonderful; you come across to me as a passionate, creative writer and those are two very important attributes I look for when wanting to review a book from a great author.
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    All best,
    Aimee Ann

    • admin Post author

      Hi Aimee Ann,
      Thanks for getting in touch. I checked and love and admire what you do. So I’ve emailed a PDF of McDowell, my most recent book. If you wanted another, let me know and I’ll be glad to provide them (Guardian of Deceit, The Spirit of Want, The Surgeon’s Wife, The Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016, Sister Carrie) (If you prefer en eub, let me know.)
      All the best,
      Bill Coles

    • admin Post author

      Hello. Thanks for getting in touch. All the art work on site is created by artists I’ve met, discussed my goals for illustration of my fiction, and then commissioned them for a specific project. Only one work of art was painted before the process of collaborative work to develop illustration. I am eager to discover new artists to contribute to the project, and I have worked in the arts for decades and am proud that I can promote artists through the internet and print publication, can allow an artist’s work to be seen by more than a quarter of a million viewers. So, if you’re interested, tell me how I can view your portfolio. If I have a project that I think will work with your style and talents, we can develop a project. If you don’t have a portfolio/examples of your work, you are welcome to read stories online (they’re free) and illustrate one to submit as an example. In illustrating a literary story, I’m looking for an artistic work in scene that expresses or stimulates thought and feeling about what the literary story is about. In essence, it’s more than just copying an imagined scene, it’s attempting to get an image that captures why the story was written. For examples, study “Speaking of the Dead,” the drawing by Betty Harper, and “The Thirteen Nudes of Ernest Goings,” two paintings by David Riley. I pay for all accepted illustrations; the compensation varies. I buy only unlimited use of image; the artist maintains copyright and the ownership of the original work to sell and use as they desire. All the best, WHC