The Moon Is Made of Green Cheese by Alexander Nderitu Review

Book title: The Moon Is Made Of Green Cheese Author: Alexander Nderitu Content: A collection of poems by author Alexander Nderitu written about a broad range of topics.   My Review I jotted down 17 pages worth of notes in my exercise book when I was reading this poetry collection – insights that popped in …

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The Snake

The kid saw it first. Everyone else was busy talking and sipping tea when the kid suddenly cried out, "SNAKE!" The father leapt up, swift, like a Maasai Moran. "WHERE?" "THERE!" At the end of the kid's pointed finger was the grey wall, and on the grey wall, above the window and next to the …

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Ordinary Lives

My story universe consists of real people. They are characters, yes, but I think of them as real people. When I write a story, I like to think that it's just like following around a real person with a camera for a day or a week or a month or however long the time period …

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How Linda Got Her Groove Back

1 Alan was a prick, but Linda loved him. So many times had she forgiven him. So many tears had he brought to her eyes. So many women had he cheated with, so many that she had heard of, so many others that she probably knew nothing of. Yet Linda kept taking him back. Every …

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Who Will Catch Us AS We Fall by Iman Verjee Review

Book Title: Who Will Catch Us As We Fall? Author: Iman Verjee Synopsis from GoodReads: Haunted by a past that has kept her from Nairobi for over three years, Leena returns home to discover her family unchanged: her father is still a staunch patriot dreaming of a better country; her mother is still unwilling or …

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For a Drink of Your Water

The streets were empty, not a soul in sight. A ghost town. The sound of the wind hissing through empty houses. Karanja had fallen asleep in the long-distance bus and when he awoke, he was sitting on a park bench in a town he didn’t know with a two-litre bottle of water in his hands. …

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A Magical Night

Kinyua seated alone at a table on a Friday night in the Anasa Bar and Lodging. Upstairs were the rooms, where the action happened. Kinyua imagining it as he put the frothy glass of cold Guinness against his lips. Looking around the mostly empty bar. Eight o’clock and the place still without revellers. Across the …

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The Zoo by Charles Chanchori Review

A guest post by my friend Patrick Thuo, esteemed founder of blog aggregator service "The Granny's corner", which myself and countless other bloggers have benefited from. Thuo is a reader. If he could be paid to read, I am sure he would take the offer in a heartbeat. He reads everything. When he told me …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part Ten (Final Chapter)

43 “How are you feeling, Carina?” Jane hugged her. Carina melting in the embrace. Vinnie on her mind. Telling herself to be strong. The shots during the car chase had retriggered her fear and pain and guilt. She felt the hotness of tears running down her cheeks. Salty tears. Her nose running too. “You will …

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Micro-stories: Possibilities

I spent yesterday at the Goethe Institute with fellow writers learning how to free-write from Zukiswa Wanner. It was a writing workshop - connected to the Short Story Day Africa Prize. It was quite an illuminating experience. One thing I learned is that I don't have to spend a lot of time coming up with …

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We Have Been So Busy

My friends and I ganged up a few years ago and formed a group. We call ourselves Brain Storm. It's a storm that happens in the brain, which is creativity, and it is brainstorming too because we are a group and we are connected by one creative obsession: that of writing. We fell apart quickly, …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part Nine

39 Carina deep in her thoughts. She had made a decision. It’s over. Me and him. I will tell him. I wonder how he will take it. She had never been a foolish one with money. She had money in the bank. Enough to go back and complete her studies. She did not worry about …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part Eight

 36 Jane could not believe her eyes. What is this Diamond is doing? Oh my God, she is really doing it. Jane had never seen Diamond Ciku in her element on this level before. Twerking videos, flirting with famous personalities, yes, but this? This she had not seen, should never see. But how could she …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part Seven

31 Note to Self: learn how to use a gun. That could be me now. Look at her. She looks so badass. I could be one of the heroes. Now I am just a damsel. That's not me. I am not a damsel. My brothers, they know. Never been a damsel in distress. But this …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part 6

25 Later Jane would remember the taste of metal in her mouth. On hands and knees on the pavement. Fear tasting metallic. Heart thumping as if in her eardrums. Quietness. Sound of screeching tyres. Oncoming car smashing against another car. Shout from a man. Second gunshot.   26 Ciku felt so alive. Never been in …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part 5

23 Getting cold. Jane and the tough girl Ciku with arms around each other, facing Emily. Emily wanting in. She said, “So was I right, Jane? Your tears. A guy?” Jane shrugged. “Who knows? Emotions. There is a lot that isn’t right in my life.” Ciku said, “You don’t have to explain yourself to her, …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part Four

19 “What a night.” “Tell me about it.” “You really pulled her weave? You are crazy. I would have paid good money to see that.” “What money?” Maybe it was the joint. She began to laugh. Ciku joined in. A good, long, hard one. The kind that could turn into tears any moment. “Men are …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part 3

11 Emily feeling bashful. His name was Lenku. Hard, strong voice. She could feel the firmness of his character vibrating off him. This was a man. A man like an oak. “What do you do, Lenku?” “I kill men.” Pause. Emily with the big eyes. Laughter from him. “I’m a soldier.” “Oh. So you do …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part Two

4 Rita had to get home early to put in some work on her Masters’ thesis. She told them she tried to get in at least five hundred words every day. She was halfway through with two months before the deadline. Fena was born again, didn’t drink, nursed a Fanta all through, was otherwise a …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part One

1 The house was out of town, near the forest, no other home for miles. Acres of private land and forest. Emily didn’t want to go, but felt she must. Staying at home every night was not doing any wonders for her social life. Thuge, one of the cabin crew, had asked her if she …

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What I Didn’t Know about Marriage Until I Got Married

  One of my friends got married last year. We have been close friends since we met when we were six years old. Even if we live in different towns we keep in touch. So I was talking to him on the phone the other day and asked him how married life is treating him. …

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Tortoise

For many years Tortoise had worked in government. He began when he was very young. Then Tortoise got married and started to sire offspring. He had to start thinking seriously about his life. It was around this time that he went into politics. During his time as Member of Parliament he grabbed as much land …

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Diane Pendo

The first thing Diane Pendo did when she awoke was check her Facebook and her Instagram. On Facebook she had received twenty likes for her latest post. She fared better on Instagram. For the next thirty minutes she lay in her bed scrolling and tapping and typing. It was already seven thirty before she worked …

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Simiyu’s Life and Times: Part Four (Final Chapter)

8 “Lily,” Simiyu said. “Don’t let the turgidity of my thing fool you. I am not into the whole two brothers one woman deal. Marcus is kind of a free spirit, but I am not. For the first time in my life I can say this with pride: I am not a free spirit like …

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Simiyu’s Life and Times: Part Three

6 What Simiyu didn’t tell Marcus, what he was afraid to acknowledge even to himself, was that deep in his gut he was sick with the fear that he would blink and the magic would poof into oblivion and he would go back to being a loser. What makes a loser, he wondered. All his …

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Simiyu’s Life and Times: Part Two

3 Simiyu had been sitting in the couch of Marcus’s living room for a few minutes, catching up on some of the messages he had received in regular text and in Whatsapp. The messages were unusually many, most being from his wife and two from Atieno. He smiled. Today was the beginning of a new …

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Simiyu’s Life and Times: Part One

1 For the first time in his life, Simiyu was awakening in a strange bed in a strange room with a naked stranger snuggled in the sheets next to him. For the first time in his life, Simiyu experienced the, for him, pleasurable experience of waking up to a woman he couldn’t, try as he …

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Bob Happy

Bob Happy was one of the saddest men this side of the Sahara. He made his bread and butter emceeing at corporate events, entertaining at standup nights in clubs, and with his afternoon show on a popular radio station where he played the comic relief guy to balance the serious professionalism of his female co-host. …

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Waitherero 2

For two months Mwangi did not go to the club. The memory of that morning was raw in his mind. That morning when two little girls had presented the tomb of the woman who had been his lover. They had made love every night he brought her home from the club. Those were three glorious …

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Waitherero

She had an unearthly beauty. She was tall. Her skin was smooth and dark. She wore a purple dress and seemed to glide. Mwangi waited until she had sat down and walked over to her table. A waitress was on the way there as well. The waitress was saying to the girl, “What are you …

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Mona 2

I met her at the Castle. She was fun. It was night and we went swimming in the river. And we had the craziest conversation. Afterwards I was unsure if I had hallucinated her. But I told all about that, didn’t I? She was no figment of my imagination, however. I saw her again. If …

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High School Reunion: Part 4 (Final Chapter)

PART FOUR 26 “The bumper is pretty beat up, but everything else seems to be alright,” said Nanok as he revved up the engine and put the gear in reverse to back the car away from the tree it had collided with like a drunk bee flying into a wall of transparent glass. Atieno and …

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High School Reunion: Part Three

PART THREE 19 How fast feelings can change, Nanok thought, keeping his eyes on the darkening road ahead. The car’s headlights illuminated the way. A while ago, he thought, I wanted her. Now I can’t wait to drop her off wherever. What had he thought would happen today – that he would make this one …

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High School Reunion: Part Two

PART TWO 12 It was evening, and the cars were driving out of the school compound. It was like Music Festival day, and you were talking to a hot girl, and the school bus was revving up, preparing to depart, and you could not, no matter how much you tried, extricate yourself from the girl …

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The War of the Pen and the Sword

Once upon a time there was a king in a land far from here. This king had one begotten son whom he loved to distraction. The king had one possession of his which he had never let anyone see or know about, not even his own dear wife, the queen, and he was determined to …

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High School Reunion: Part One

PART ONE 1 Nanok was tall, broad-shouldered, with a rough look to him. His black leather jacket matched his shades and black Timberland boots. The face that sneered back at him from the mirror was clean-shaven and had a small scar under the left cheekbone like a dimple. He glanced at the big silver watch …

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