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An Honest Mistake

An Honest Mistake [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Biss
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Product Description

A Curiously Uncommon Short Story by Award-Winning Author Andrew Biss

Madge has long since surrendered herself to the verbal abuse doled out to her by her belligerent husband, Stan. On this particular evening, however, her fears of a rat beneath the floorboards, combined with her natural absent-mindedness, result in her dishing up Stan not only his evening meal...but perhaps his just deserts!

A darkly humorous short story of approximately 3,500 words (19pp)

Taken from the short story collection: Strange Tales of the Curiously Uncommon

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 148 KB
  • Print Length: 19 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vacancy Books (6 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006UNHAX6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,194,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrew Biss is an award-winning author and playwright whose work has received critical acclaim in both the U.S. and the U.K. In 2011 he was named as a finalist for the prestigious Heideman Award. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts London and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

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On Twitter: @TarkaTheOrator

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent short story 24 Jan 2012
By The Emperor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a well written and quite amusing short story.

It did bring a smile to my face and the author definitely has talent.
In some ways the dialogue reminded me of a sitcom from the 1970's.

It is very short and there are quite a few adverts in the back for the authors other work.
I got this when it was free and I did enjoy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A few too many signs along the way ... 22 Jan 2012
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'An Honest Mistake' invites us into the lives of Madge and Stan and we see them bickering one evening as Madge prepares dinner. The reader is warned from the outset that "Madge had always been a little absent-minded," and on this particular day we are to witness some of the consequences of her dreamy disposition.

This short story will take most readers about 20 minutes to polish off. I found the scenario interesting enough, and Stan and Madge felt like real people by the end of the tale, but the ending was very predictable, and heavily signposted by the author from the outset. Although the antipathy between Madge and Stan seemed real enough, I found their dialogue a bit awkward. They consistently substitute 'me' for 'my', which is fair enough, but then never seem to drop their h's, which seems odd.

I downloaded the Kindle version of 'An Honest Mistake' for free in January 2012 (it looks like this was a time-limited offer, as it now costs the princely sum of 77p). It looks like this tale will form part of a larger collection in the future (over a third of this publication is devoted to ads for other works by the author) so I may sample another 'curiously uncommon short story' from this author in the future, and hope for a more interesting outcome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant. Don't Pass This One Up! 6 Feb 2012
By Ann de Vries - Published on
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"An Honest Mistake" is a marvellous short story by Andrew Biss. I wasn't familiar with this author's work, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was one of the recent free books offered on Amazon and it sounded intriguing, so I decided to try it. I'm very glad I did.

This story reminded me of some of the best works of great English storytellers such as Roald Dahl, in terms of quality. The author painted such a vivid word portrait of the two protagonists, that they came to life for the reader. I've encountered people like these two characters, and I could picture the setting, characters, conversation and action taking place. It was hilarious in an understated macabre way--like watching an approaching train wreck that is impossible to stop. The action took place entirely in one room, with only the two characters, over a very short period of time. It is a tribute to Mr. Biss' talented writing ability that he was able to develop fully the characterisation and plot within the parameters of the short story format. There was no sense of anything missing, anything rushed or incomplete. It was just perfect.

It is impossible to give a synopsis without giving the ending away. Suffice it to say that one scatty wife combined with one verbally abusive, inattentive husband equals poetic justice in Mr. Biss' hands.

I think anyone who likes dry humour will love this story. I definitely want to try some more of Mr. Biss' books to see how they measure up against this story.

(edited for spelling)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 21 Mar 2012
By Diane Kidman - Published on
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Truly a unique voice. A short story that will be devoured in one sitting. I was envisioning this played out on a stage, a la Oscar Wilde - now I see the author is indeed a playwright. Warning: don't read in public unless you're okay with bursting into spontaneous laughter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read! 19 Sep 2012
By Patricia J. Mills - Published on
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This curious little story, although bizarre, certainly made me smile. Well written and humorous, it was a great short read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A short delight 18 Sep 2012
By Laurie A. Brown - Published on
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'An Honest Mistake' is a brief tale that brings to mind Hitchcock's stories.

Two vivid characters, the verbally abusive, self centered Stan and his ditzy, long suffering wife Madge are in their kitchen as usual, Stan reading the paper and continually telling Madge to be quiet as she rattles on. He wants his dinner- despite telling her how terrible her cooking is- which she makes, while talking about visiting her sister, the problem with a rat or mouse under the house, the scandal at the local bookstore and pretty much anything that enters her mind; she seems unable to finish a thought. Her absent mindedness, however, may have consequences...

The story is humorous, and leaves us wondering at the end how bad Madge's thinking really is.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Biss delivers yet another entertaining short. 23 Mar 2012
By Marcus Andrews - Published on
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I have yet to read anything from Mr. Biss that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed (although I think I once mistakenly referred to him as Andrew "Bliss" in a review - 'cause me head's like a sieve, innit?). His stories mix a macabre sensibility with dry humor and his characters, who are always so very British, are a delight.
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