Short Stories from Saskatchewan and Beyond


Fiction - Short Story/Novela
160 Pages
Reviewed on 12/29/2020
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Author Biography

Ryan Thaddeus is a globe-trotting, Saskatchewan farm-born writer, and semi-professional fastball player/coach. An early love of short stories, combined with interests ranging from world cultures and history, to politics and philosophy, the UFO topic, and Universal Law Principles, through to sports and the modern human condition, means that nothing is too far off the radar for conversation.

He is pleased to issue his next book, Short Stories from Saskatchewan and Beyond, for the first time to the general public. Noted for his first critically supported story, Pure Baseball: The Carl Jaxsom Legend, now featured in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Mary’s, ON. As always, Thaddeus can be found signing copies of his work as part of his volunteer program: Actively Promoting Canadian Literacy, which has taken him to Toronto to met and greet with the great Jerry Howarth, the Toronto Blue Jays legendary radio voice, and fellow supporter of literacy promotion. The program is dedicated to stressing to young students and people of all ages, the importance of enhancing both literacy and creative thought within themselves.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Have you ever asked yourself, or someone else for that matter, what is the meaning of life? It’s a profound question that haunts all of us at one time or another and many of us spend our lives searching for the answer. There are other powerful questions that haunt us: the difference between right and wrong, life and death, the survival of the fittest and so much more. World traveling author Ryan Thaddeus, born in rural Saskatchewan (Canada), has challenged these deep questions throughout his life. And now he writes about them in his complex, mind-boggling short stories. In his story, One Night An Angel Came to Me, he writes, “This is the truth of existence. All is energy. All is light. All is love.” But his main character, one who has lived a good long life, challenges this belief with the simple question/statement, “How can I know love without hate?” We mere humans are conflicted by these contradictory meanings and we struggle to comprehend what may never be comprehensible in our lifetime.

Short Stories from Saskatchewan and Beyond is Ryan Thaddeus’ first collection of short stories. The author unravels the ‘who am I?’ mysteries that haunt us in a free-thinking form that borders on fairy tale, science fiction, fantasy, metaphysical and cautionary tales of alternate realities. For when we ask the ‘who am I?’ question, do we not also wonder if our existence in this place is real or imaginary? In his prologue to the short story, The Graveyard Shift, the author writes, “Know yourself and you find your directions.” Each story is superficially entertaining, but there is a much deeper meaning, often more than one as the stories demand multiple readings to comprehend their complexities. A powerful look at the meaning of life.

Ryan Volk

I love, love, love this book! Thought-provoking on so many levels as well as an entertaining read just at surface value. I would recommend this book of short stories to anyone who loves the genre. I will reread these stories again and again as there is always more that I seem to get out of them every time I go over them. What a fantastic collection!