Australian Short Stories

Fiction - Horror
82 Pages
Reviewed on 03/19/2024
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Treat yourself to a dose of Aussie humor and campy horror with Georgina Fatseas' Australian Short Stories. A wife desperately tries to steer her very drunk husband from the bar to the car to hilarious results. After much deliberation, a young couple buys a house, only to discover it comes with a unique in-built security system. Two ghosts prepare tricks to impress visitors to their haunted house on Halloween. An incredible traffic jam causes three jury members to arrive late to the court, much to the judge's ire. After a hot day's work, a young man visits a bar and swaps stories with two strangers until a brawl breaks out. A snow-white calf struggles to enjoy playing hide and seek with his siblings until winter comes and changes the landscape.

With a generous sprinkling of humor, Georgina Fatseas offers an entertaining collection that short story lovers will savor with relish. Layered with droll humor, some horror, and mystery, Australian Short Stories enthralls you from beginning to end. These tales are not out-and-out comedies, yet there is something quintessentially Australian about Fatseas' writing so that you can't help but laugh out loud at the most inopportune moments. The author doesn't hesitate to use Aussie vernacular in some of the dialogue, and it adds a fascinating flavor that feels authentic and distinctive, at least to a non-Aussie. Even the horror elements have a touch of humor to them, which adds to the comedy and makes the stories so much fun to read. I absolutely adored this collection, and if you love short stories too, I urge you not to miss out on this one!

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

Georgina Fatseas mentions everything from fairy tales and paranormal instances to funny stories, jokes, and riddles in her book, Australian Short Stories. Fatseas takes her readers on a ride around the outer rim of the Australian coast, stopping at certain cities to reveal their attractions, like paranormal tours. She explores the stories told in certain cities and some things travelers may encounter as they drive along Highway One, the longest highway in the world. A few colorful pictures appear within the text and illustrate either the traditions and daily life of the native people or the entertaining stories related by Australians. The author concludes the book with road signs and information about sports teams and specific jargon.

Travel Highway One with Georgina Fatseas as she tells stories you might hear at an Aussie bar or on the front porch at a native Australian's home. The book is a quirky mix of interesting facts, jokes, and stories with ironic endings. Some stories may miss their mark with individuals from other countries, but the humorous intent is clear. As the author suggests, you may buy an Australian-English dictionary if you are unfamiliar with certain words or phrases. It could enhance your reading experience with this selection, but most of the book is straightforward. The narratives are strongly Australian, and they are culturally significant. If you plan to visit Australia or you want a dose of their customs, you should read these uproarious tales and absorb the factual information in Australian Short Stories.

Ann Linus

Australian Short Stories by Georgina Fatseas is a collection of independent short stories and riddles about humans, animals, a few ghosts, and Australia. In one of the ghost stories, a real estate agent has a hard time selling a deceased estate, despite several renovations and a good price drop. Eventually, a young visiting couple revealed to him that they were reluctant to take the house because of the old couple that had followed them around during their inspection. In The Green Thing, an old lady teaches a young counter lady the difference between their generations—one generation acts “green,” while the other generation just talks “green.” In one of my favorite animal stories, a poodle lost in a jungle outsmarts a lion twice. Witty riddles are scattered in between the stories.

The common element in all the stories and riddles in this book is dry humor. I must confess that one or two jokes were lost on me, but that is on my non-Australian brain. The book is divided into a couple of sections of related stories. The last section is about Australia, and it is very Australian; there is even a warning to keep an Australian English dictionary close by and use the imagination for whatever might not be in the dictionary. Interestingly, this was my favorite part. I liked learning Aussie slang and city nicknames like “smellbourne,” “blow-in,” and “tinny.” I also liked the informal and satirical lecture on Australian history and geography. Overall, I enjoyed Australian Short Stories by Georgina Fatseas and I recommend it.

Delene Vrey

Australian Short Stories by Georgina Fatseas is a small book with a mighty punch of humor. Australians have a unique way of expressing themselves and also a unique sense of humor. The short stories in this book are unique and very funny. There are stories about human nature and anecdotes with good morals to teach, plus stories about animals and some Australian riddles as well. The stories are relatable and give a humorous look at situations that are not funny for those dealing with them but are hilarious for the person observing them. The two stories that had me in stitches were The South Australian Duck Hunter and The Friendly Ghosts. Whatever your sense of humor, there will be something to tickle your funny bone in this very authentic Australian book.

Australian Short Stories by Georgina Fatseas is written with a lot of respect and appreciation for the people of Australia and the different characteristics displayed in the language and humor of the various parts of Australia. Some of the humor includes misspelled signs found in Australia due to the mostly illiterate early settlers. As the author uses authentic Australian grammar and words, having an Australian dictionary ready is helpful as you might need it to understand some of the stories. The fun part of this book is to compare how people in different parts of the English-speaking world use the language authentic to their culture and background. Australians can, of course, grab the book to have something funny to read at hand. A great book and hilarious, with some life truths hidden amongst the humor.

Kayleigh Perumal

Australian Short Stories by Georgina Fatseas is a witty anthology that portrays the Australian landscape. Fatseas bends genres by shifting from riddles to prose effortlessly, and this is accompanied by the acerbic, self-deprecating telltale Aussie humor. It is recommended that readers look at an Australian-English dictionary to familiarize themselves with the novel’s frequent use of “slanguish” – a term coined by early settlers in Australia who were often illiterate and uneducated, such as convicts. Slanguish also incorporated sailing terms and occasionally adopted Aboriginal words. This linguistic development has become a unique part of modern Australian culture and identity, distinctly shaping how people communicate.

In Australian Short Stories, Georgina Fatseas cleverly covers many topics, such as personal growth, generational differences, and the environment. My favorite three stories were The Magician and the Parrot, The Green Thing, and See Attached. In The Magician and the Parrot, a fragile bird is saved, and becomes a key and favored feature in a magician’s act. The punchline at the end was delivered expertly and left me giggling. By contrast, The Green Thing provides strong social commentary on environmentalism and how consumer behavior has evolved. Last, in See Attached, the main character’s lengthy name becomes a source of inconvenience and hilarity throughout his lifetime. “A-to-Z”, as he is nicknamed comically by his classmates in school, decides to give his own children short and straightforward names to spare them from the complications he has suffered. This story highlights the significance of our names, and how they can frame and shape our lives. See Attached, therefore, celebrates individuality and reminds us to reflect on the quirks that make us unique. This was a fun read that also educated me on Aussie culture and phrases. I would definitely recommend it!