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Uttering the name Mr. Memory evokes the live performances and talk show appearances when he would impress the world with his abilities of recollection. His clarity of remembrance has kept listeners captivated for days while sharing the adventures of his life. In this collection of short stories, we learn the truth about Mr. Memory, the fantastic gone unseen, and a world of Uttering the name Mr. Memory evokes the live performances and talk show appearances when he would impress the world with his abilities of recollection. His clarity of remembrance has kept listeners captivated for days while sharing the adventures of his life. In this collection of short stories, we learn the truth about Mr. Memory, the fantastic gone unseen, and a world of wonder which can inspire us to believe.


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Uttering the name Mr. Memory evokes the live performances and talk show appearances when he would impress the world with his abilities of recollection. His clarity of remembrance has kept listeners captivated for days while sharing the adventures of his life. In this collection of short stories, we learn the truth about Mr. Memory, the fantastic gone unseen, and a world of Uttering the name Mr. Memory evokes the live performances and talk show appearances when he would impress the world with his abilities of recollection. His clarity of remembrance has kept listeners captivated for days while sharing the adventures of his life. In this collection of short stories, we learn the truth about Mr. Memory, the fantastic gone unseen, and a world of wonder which can inspire us to believe.

30 review for Mr. Memory and Other Stories of Wonder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Myrthe

    Get a blanket, a nice cuppa and make yourself comfortable, because this is the perfect book to read after a long day of work. The stories are short enough to read one (or two, or seven - oops) when you're tired and want some entertainment before bed. They are imaginative and original and I think I'll always be a big fan of Paul Peters' works. Get a blanket, a nice cuppa and make yourself comfortable, because this is the perfect book to read after a long day of work. The stories are short enough to read one (or two, or seven - oops) when you're tired and want some entertainment before bed. They are imaginative and original and I think I'll always be a big fan of Paul Peters' works.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Henry

    Delightful! These are great little stories, and they've stuck with me. Lines and situations keep popping up in my head since I've read it. I really enjoyed the character of Mr. Memory too. I'd read more. Delightful! These are great little stories, and they've stuck with me. Lines and situations keep popping up in my head since I've read it. I really enjoyed the character of Mr. Memory too. I'd read more.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christine Antosca

    I haven't absolutely no idea what I just read. Wasn't my type of book and I do enjoy short stories usually. I won this book on goodreads giveaway I haven't absolutely no idea what I just read. Wasn't my type of book and I do enjoy short stories usually. I won this book on goodreads giveaway

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chelseyam

    One of the things I look for in a collection of short stories is whether or not the stories can stand on their own. In this case, they certainly can and they mesh well together too. The author really has created a magical collection here that made me look at my day from a different perspective. This is the type of collection that you can put down for a little while and pick up again without being thrown off by the content. The length of the stories are perfect for commuters or anyone who is just One of the things I look for in a collection of short stories is whether or not the stories can stand on their own. In this case, they certainly can and they mesh well together too. The author really has created a magical collection here that made me look at my day from a different perspective. This is the type of collection that you can put down for a little while and pick up again without being thrown off by the content. The length of the stories are perfect for commuters or anyone who is just trying to fit a little reading into a busy day. The light feel of the stories was relaxing and charming, which makes a change from other things that I read. I would recommend this collection to anyone who loves to look at life from a magical perspective. The author certainly has a way with words and can spin a story that pleases with ease.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Valery

    Mr. Memory and Other Stories of Wonder by Paul Michael Peters is a meandering collection of short stories that range from an old man's recollections in Mr. Memory to a magical jacket to a vignette of photo taking in Savannah. The stories appear to be interwoven in some roundabout ways. Easy enough to read, these short vignettes are suitable for a quick read while enjoying a hot cup of something delicious, or enjoying while waiting for an appointment. Neither overly sophisticated or preachy, thes Mr. Memory and Other Stories of Wonder by Paul Michael Peters is a meandering collection of short stories that range from an old man's recollections in Mr. Memory to a magical jacket to a vignette of photo taking in Savannah. The stories appear to be interwoven in some roundabout ways. Easy enough to read, these short vignettes are suitable for a quick read while enjoying a hot cup of something delicious, or enjoying while waiting for an appointment. Neither overly sophisticated or preachy, these stories are different enough to capture the reader's imagination. A solid collection that is worth exploring, this small collection of stories is recommended for a light and inquisitive diversion. The Mr. Memory stories are definitely worth reading, and are certainly the highlight here.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy Jefferson

    Collection of classic short stories The author has put together a good group of short stories that blend well in the storyline of the book but also have enough substance to be stand alone adventures. I have only read short stories a few times but I did find these stories to be fulfilling and satisfying my reading curiosity while telling a good story. This is the type of book to take to the doctors office or keep at your desk for lunch break. Very enjoyable read for anyone. A must have pocket book Collection of classic short stories The author has put together a good group of short stories that blend well in the storyline of the book but also have enough substance to be stand alone adventures. I have only read short stories a few times but I did find these stories to be fulfilling and satisfying my reading curiosity while telling a good story. This is the type of book to take to the doctors office or keep at your desk for lunch break. Very enjoyable read for anyone. A must have pocket book of adventure to help pass the time in line or on the bus. Check it out and you will not be disappointed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Richie

    Mr. Memory and Other Stories of Wonder is a compilation of short stories which at times I found both interesting and confusing. It begins with the narrator of the story going to interview a very famous man: Mr. Memory, who is able to recall just about anything and in vivid detail. Some of the stories are quite entertaining, but like I said, only a few pages long. Others . . . well, are less engaging and even fewer pages. All in all, Mr. Peters is a clever storyteller, and I am sure can write muc Mr. Memory and Other Stories of Wonder is a compilation of short stories which at times I found both interesting and confusing. It begins with the narrator of the story going to interview a very famous man: Mr. Memory, who is able to recall just about anything and in vivid detail. Some of the stories are quite entertaining, but like I said, only a few pages long. Others . . . well, are less engaging and even fewer pages. All in all, Mr. Peters is a clever storyteller, and I am sure can write much better stuff. He, like me, needs an editor to peruse his work.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I recently won this book as a Goodreads Giveaway in return for my honest feedback. Read this book of ten short stories on a recent flight. Most of the stories dragged me in which was really great in passing the time. I really enjoyed the character of Mr. Memory who is in three of the stories. Such a great character I wanted more of him. I felt each story could be read in a single reading on their own if a reader was pressed for time but loved that they were combined as one in this book. The autho I recently won this book as a Goodreads Giveaway in return for my honest feedback. Read this book of ten short stories on a recent flight. Most of the stories dragged me in which was really great in passing the time. I really enjoyed the character of Mr. Memory who is in three of the stories. Such a great character I wanted more of him. I felt each story could be read in a single reading on their own if a reader was pressed for time but loved that they were combined as one in this book. The author was very friendly sending a card and bookmark with the book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Kidd

    Mr. Memory and Other Stories of Wonder by Paul Michael Peters was a wonderful collection of short stories. The writer was able to blend the stories together so that you did not loose interest or become confused. I love the three answers that Mr Memory gave and his recollection of days gone by. I would definitely recommend this book to everybody. Just beware they may be short stories but you will have a hard time putting the book down.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ElizrdbthSpeaks

    short stories, in KU if you have that service. need a break, need an escape ... over and done ... perfect for a coffee break or other short quick moments in your life. hints of mystery throughout. clearing out my ARCs ... found this gem ... not sure how i got it ... not a giveaway ...but maybe a freebie some where along the lines? i find i need 2 do this every once in a while ... clean up the kindle and it is amazing what you do find.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Reed

    I won my copy thanks to a Goodreads giveaway. I very much enjoyed this collection of short stories. I wish there were more to read! All of the Mr. Memory stories and the short story Thin Walls in particular were great. The author is great at creating unique witty characters. I would love for a full Mr. Memory novel. I Almost gave 5 stars but felt like if it was truly a 5 star book it wouldn’t have taken me 5 days to read 80 pages as I would have refused to put it down.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Janalyn Prude

    I can’t believe this was free! Most of the time when you get a free book it isn’t worth reading. That is not the case with Mr. memory and other wonders there was a story but every mood and a different mood for every story. It makes you think, laugh and fall in love. If not with the characters definitely with this author. I cannot wait to dive into his other short stories!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Amazing collection of stories. Mr. Memory is a fresh take on the photographic memory idea. The stories he is asked about his past based on his perfect memory lead to some incredibly meaningful and introspective stories.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jean SF

    Enjoy the book. Would recommend it to all my friends.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Author Paul Michael Peters introduces Mr. Memory in the first story of this well-crafted collection: An old man, filled with so many memories that he’s tired of the same old questions; a young man with three surprisingly connected gifts; and a storybook that ensues, filled with treasured moments for the reader. The tales are short and quickly read, perfect for coffee breaks – but beware; like chocolate, they lure the reader into just one more. Each story carries hints of mystery in connections wa Author Paul Michael Peters introduces Mr. Memory in the first story of this well-crafted collection: An old man, filled with so many memories that he’s tired of the same old questions; a young man with three surprisingly connected gifts; and a storybook that ensues, filled with treasured moments for the reader. The tales are short and quickly read, perfect for coffee breaks – but beware; like chocolate, they lure the reader into just one more. Each story carries hints of mystery in connections waiting to be made. Each takes the reader on flights of well-drawn history and place, and powerful characterization. A sense of parable and myth builds one story into the next, even when the path is so different. And the whole is a beautifully connected diorama of people and place. Mr. Memory carries the day, his visitor’s three questions bracketing the tales the lie between. But perhaps the biggest truth lies in the tale of a woman’s e-connections that drive her into narcissistic isolation. May readers pick up this book, connect and see. It’s a wonderful short collection, filled with achingly short and beautiful stories that linger and grow. Disclosure: I was given a free copy and I offer my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alysa

    I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. Mr. Memory and Other Stories of Wonder is a lovely little book of short stories, some of which truly were full of wonder. Paul Michael Peters' writing is beautiful, flowing and a pleasure to read throughout. The titular character, Mr Memory, shows up in three of the book's 10 stories. I could have read a whole book just of him and been quite content to be honest. As for the rest of the stories, I found they varied quite a bit, I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. Mr. Memory and Other Stories of Wonder is a lovely little book of short stories, some of which truly were full of wonder. Paul Michael Peters' writing is beautiful, flowing and a pleasure to read throughout. The titular character, Mr Memory, shows up in three of the book's 10 stories. I could have read a whole book just of him and been quite content to be honest. As for the rest of the stories, I found they varied quite a bit, in terms of length, subject, and my interest. The stories that I connected with I *loved*, while others left me in the dust a bit. Similarly, the inconsistently in the length of the stories had me a little all over the place, some would stop just as I was getting into them, while others provided a wealth of background and context. Not only is Paul Michael Peters' writing lovely, but he was also kind enough to send a copy of his newest book Insensible Loss and a hand written letter (as well as getting the books to me in record time for a GoodReads giveaway). I'll definitely be reading that soon, and maybe more of his in the future.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    Wow. Those were the best 80 or so pages I've read in a long, long time. There is nothing earth shattering in this book, but the writing isn't what I'd call "cozy" either. It's just damn good, all of it, and if I have one major complaint it's that the book is way too short. If you have an evening to blow and you need some stories to go along with your HUGE glass of zin (red, not white...please), you really can't go wrong with Mr. Memory. The stories range from heart-warming to totally friggin' tw Wow. Those were the best 80 or so pages I've read in a long, long time. There is nothing earth shattering in this book, but the writing isn't what I'd call "cozy" either. It's just damn good, all of it, and if I have one major complaint it's that the book is way too short. If you have an evening to blow and you need some stories to go along with your HUGE glass of zin (red, not white...please), you really can't go wrong with Mr. Memory. The stories range from heart-warming to totally friggin' twisted, and trust me, there ain't a stinker in the bunch (with only 10 stories, odds are in the book's favor, of course). I will say this: at the risk of sounding unoriginal, I can see the Mr. Memory theme being extended to something akin to Bradbury's Illustrated Man. There are really only three Mr. Memory stories in this book, but the last one gave me the impression that PMP may have intended an Illustrated Man style collection (sans the grim IM ending, that is). Don't know. Regardless, I can see it. I won this book as a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I honestly loved it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marion Grassie

    I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Paul Michael Peters. This is a most enjoyable short collection of stories. Within an unusual setting – the recollections of ‘Mr Memory’ as told to the narrator, these imaginative little tales are interwoven in unexpected ways. There is the thread of an ongoing theme running throughout the book and the stories are full of twists and turns. A highly entertaining mix of stories which I would happily recommend.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I won this book on goodreads giveaways! The author was very friendly, even sending a card with the book. This is a quick, light, easy read full of short stories. I particularly liked the illusionist's daughter. Mr. Memory was the story throughout the book. I liked the first 2 questions best. The last question was expected and unlike the other stories in the book. This book was filled with unexpected twists and plots. The last chapter of the book, just doesn't do everything else justice. Overall, I won this book on goodreads giveaways! The author was very friendly, even sending a card with the book. This is a quick, light, easy read full of short stories. I particularly liked the illusionist's daughter. Mr. Memory was the story throughout the book. I liked the first 2 questions best. The last question was expected and unlike the other stories in the book. This book was filled with unexpected twists and plots. The last chapter of the book, just doesn't do everything else justice. Overall, a very good read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Before writing this review I "googled" Mr Memory & watched a film clip from the 1935 movie "The 39 Steps". I'm afraid I had never heard of him, I'm not a fan of short stories, trying to be fair in my review of this Giveaway book. The referral to Socrates being concerned about an invention called writing.... "Concerned that people would stop remembering things because they could write them down..... The irony is that we only know about ... Socrates because accounts of them were written down." Fou Before writing this review I "googled" Mr Memory & watched a film clip from the 1935 movie "The 39 Steps". I'm afraid I had never heard of him, I'm not a fan of short stories, trying to be fair in my review of this Giveaway book. The referral to Socrates being concerned about an invention called writing.... "Concerned that people would stop remembering things because they could write them down..... The irony is that we only know about ... Socrates because accounts of them were written down." Found this thought from Mr Memory Very profound. Otherwise, I found this book rather mediocre.

  21. 5 out of 5

    KarnagesMistress

    My favorite Twilight Zone episodes are the ones with happy endings: The Hunt, The Night of the Meek, The Fugitive, One for the Angels, episodes like that. That's what the stories in this book are like. There's an otherworldly beauty to them. This book will also satisfy the 2017 Watauga County Public Library Reading Challenge categories: A Book That's Under 150 Pages; A Book With A Subtitle; A Book With A Title That is A Character's Name; A Book Written in The First Person. I received this book f My favorite Twilight Zone episodes are the ones with happy endings: The Hunt, The Night of the Meek, The Fugitive, One for the Angels, episodes like that. That's what the stories in this book are like. There's an otherworldly beauty to them. This book will also satisfy the 2017 Watauga County Public Library Reading Challenge categories: A Book That's Under 150 Pages; A Book With A Subtitle; A Book With A Title That is A Character's Name; A Book Written in The First Person. I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. It is autographed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I won a copy of this book through goodreads giveaways. I had never read any of Paul Michael Peters work and this book had very high reviews so I was really looking forward to it. I felt a little let down by it though. Maybe it was just because I had such high hopes for it. I'm not really sure what classifies a story as a "wonder" but I don't quite think that these stories hit the mark. I had no idea what the point of "thin walls" was and "bubble people" was just plain horrible to me. I did like I won a copy of this book through goodreads giveaways. I had never read any of Paul Michael Peters work and this book had very high reviews so I was really looking forward to it. I felt a little let down by it though. Maybe it was just because I had such high hopes for it. I'm not really sure what classifies a story as a "wonder" but I don't quite think that these stories hit the mark. I had no idea what the point of "thin walls" was and "bubble people" was just plain horrible to me. I did like a few of the stories but didn't think they were amazing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jaksen

    Won this book through a goodreads giveaway and so glad I did. A delectable assortment of short but intriguing stories, the kind that make you sort of 'think out loud,' because as I was reading I was talking. To myself. To the characters. To the author. This guy has a talent for the 'short and sweet,' and oft'times, 'bitter sweet.' These are stories with a heart, the kind you want to hug, and yet they're firmly grounded in the real world - or the world we wish were real. Loved them! Won this book through a goodreads giveaway and so glad I did. A delectable assortment of short but intriguing stories, the kind that make you sort of 'think out loud,' because as I was reading I was talking. To myself. To the characters. To the author. This guy has a talent for the 'short and sweet,' and oft'times, 'bitter sweet.' These are stories with a heart, the kind you want to hug, and yet they're firmly grounded in the real world - or the world we wish were real. Loved them!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Dietr

    Moist, chewy and satisfying like your Grandma's best chocolate brownies. And like folks gathered around Grandma's table this book is all about coming together and the importance of that to the overall scheme of life. I loved this collection (esp. Mr. Memory) The only thing disappointing about the book is that there wasn't more of it because I could have read Mr. Peters tales all day and night! Moist, chewy and satisfying like your Grandma's best chocolate brownies. And like folks gathered around Grandma's table this book is all about coming together and the importance of that to the overall scheme of life. I loved this collection (esp. Mr. Memory) The only thing disappointing about the book is that there wasn't more of it because I could have read Mr. Peters tales all day and night!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    I loved this book! The stories were captivating with very intriguing characters. Each story was very unique and interesting and some had very surprising endings. I had to laugh at "Bubble People" because it certainly reminds me of so many people that I've been around. Many people can't quit texting long enough to see 'real' life. "The Illusionist's Daughter" had quite an unexpected ending and was a lovely story. I loved this book! The stories were captivating with very intriguing characters. Each story was very unique and interesting and some had very surprising endings. I had to laugh at "Bubble People" because it certainly reminds me of so many people that I've been around. Many people can't quit texting long enough to see 'real' life. "The Illusionist's Daughter" had quite an unexpected ending and was a lovely story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Rogers

    Is a series of short stories to be read quickly. Enjoyed most of them but distracted through some. Mr. Memory is being interviewed in his nineties and tells reporter to ask only three questions and they must be those never asked him before. This character was interesting as well as the three parrots.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Having been a fan of Mr. Peters since reading A Symmetry of Snowflakes, I was looking forward to reading Mr. Memory. I was not disappointed. Well, maybe a little bit...it was too short. I really liked the various characters. Mr. Peters writes in a very "readable" way that is most enjoyable. If yoU haven't read his work yet, pick this up. You won't be sorry. Having been a fan of Mr. Peters since reading A Symmetry of Snowflakes, I was looking forward to reading Mr. Memory. I was not disappointed. Well, maybe a little bit...it was too short. I really liked the various characters. Mr. Peters writes in a very "readable" way that is most enjoyable. If yoU haven't read his work yet, pick this up. You won't be sorry.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    The stories, particularly about Mr. Memory were well done. Some of the stories seemed to end suddenly, but most contained all that a short story should say. This was a quick read, as the book is only 83 pages, but enjoyable none the less. I was very happy to have won this book on the Goodreads Giveaway, and would read further material by Mr. Peters when available.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deanne81762yahoo.com

    I won this book via a Goodreads give away. I thoroughly enjoyed the short stories in this book. Each one different and each one had a very clever twist at the end which the reader will not see coming. The book is called Mr. Memory and Other Stories of Wonder. I preferred the Other Stories of Wonder versus the Mr. Memory stories.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pam Shultz

    Wonderful group of short stories! I was sent a paperback copy by the author and I bought the kindle version. I found all the stories wonderful! Some of the stories are funny and some thought-provoking and really enjoyed all of it! Thank you so much Paul, keep writing and I will keep reading.

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