|Eye Has Not Seen An Anthology of Short “Short Stories”
by Henry Stratmann III ISBN 978-0-9790480-1-2 Published by Starship Press
This page-turner was written by a 16 year old and is full of entertaining
flash fiction. The author takes you on a memorable journey in stories with
thought-provoking morals and inspired by current events. Its cover is color
laminated 12 pt. The interior pages are 50 lb white with black ink $6.99
+ $2.00 P&H per book.
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This fanciful collection of over two dozen stories will both entertain and captivate you. These tales range from fantasy to satire, from the living room to the depths of outer space. This teenaged author invites you into his imagination to bring a smile to your face and to make you think about the world around us.
From engaging stories about TVs and technology controlling our world to an amazing poem about abortion as seen from the eyes of the infant, Stratmann entices the reader to jump in feet first. Short, quick-witted, humorous, insightful, and above all else, wise beyond his teenage years, Stratmann’s tales highlight our weaknesses—”A Bite Out of Crime” delves into how far our government is willing to go to curb obesity, “Just Perfect” shows us that perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and the cleverness in the story “Eye Has Not Seen” completely epitomizes our smug certainty that we’re alone in the universe and willing to keep it that way.
As a nation and a race, human beings suffer greatly from superiority complexes and Henry Stratmann has single-handedly taken it upon himself to expose the downfall of that. The book “Eye Has Not Seen” is not only entertaining, but as an educator, it lifted my spirits that someone so young could be so wise about our world. His insight is profound with such lines as “the new name doesn’t change history, just the history books.” He proves there’s wisdom and hope, and perhaps we can figure out how to fix some of these dilemmas before we end up in prison like Hugo Franks...or worse. We could be obsolete like Martha’s husband in “Priority One.”
This is a must-read and a name you should put on your Keep-an-Eye-On list. If for nothing else, you must read “Do I Get a Say?” It will touch you in a way that will surprise you, especially coming from a teenaged young man. If he can see all of this, why can’t the rest of us?
I can’t wait to read more of his work.
Barri L. Bumgarner