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Alex Andronov
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Book Description

30 Oct 2007
The book with the missing first page is a collection of short stories with a think-back guarantee. If you don't have a single thought between starting the book and finishing it, the author will personally think for you for at least ten seconds. At turns funny, moving and engaging, it is the sheer variety that keeps you wondering what could possibly be coming next: a man willing to turn his girlfriend over to the police because of bad sex, Arthur's brother Clive or an interview with a smoking beagle.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu Enterprises, UK Ltd (30 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847991211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847991218
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,674,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars More please 22 May 2008
I've never much cared for the short story as a literary form. Just as you're starting to like the characters or get into the plot, it's all over. But Alex Andronov's new volume may force me to reconsider.

The book is a smorgasbord of genres and styles, just as enjoyable to dip into at random as to read cover to cover. There is something for everyone - fantasy, sci-fi, mystery and Gothic horror, as well as more earthbound but no less striking vignettes of fragile relationships in domestic settings.

The collection hosts a cavalcade of unforgettably outlandish characters, from conniving elderly pirates and amorous nanobots to asthmatic cockney beagles, but there's more going on than just absurdist silliness (although there is plenty of that). 'Moon miners' is a stunning environmental fable about a moon made of cheese being slowly devoured by its population of indolent mice. It's the sort of thing I'd want my children to read (but be warned - there are some adult themes in this book).

There's so much to admire in these stories - they show intelligence, Woody Allen-esque wit and a bubbling imagination, but also a great love of language. 'Cross words to say' is a tale of romance between two cryptic crossword fans, while 'Soup' will change the way you look at the alphabet forever.

The genuine highlights for me, though, were the less flamboyant moments. The title story, with its depiction of an old man recalling childhood traumas at the sight of a mutilated book, is painfully raw and moving. And 'Left out in the cold', which depicts a teacher freezing outside a door he mistakenly believes to be locked, is so rich in potential meanings that it's haunted me for weeks.

You'll finish this book thinking of just two words: more please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and fun 15 Mar 2008
I really enjoyed this book. Really easy to pick up and put down as it's full of stories of varying length. When's the next one out?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A most interesting read 11 Mar 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed the stories. Some happy, some sad, all thought-provoking, entertaining and wonderfully imaginative.
I asked myself which was my favourite story, and I thought it was the Crosswords one but then I liked The Expedition to the Brain and Sarah and Shrugger, so I decided I could have more than one "favourite". I am full of admiration,Alex,well done. Looking forward to your second book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet 6 Mar 2008
A great mix of stories, some of them incredibly short, others a little longer. Some of them serious, some of them silly. Some about mice, some about relationships. I found them a great length for reading on my commute too. Buy it, you may like it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book with the Missing First Page 2 Mar 2008
By Patricia K. Friend - Published on
The Book with the Missing First Page is delightful to wonderful story after another. Alex Andronov has managed to capture for me, the kind of reading I most enjoy.......pick it up, read a story, put it down.

I adored Crosswords To Say as the two characters, Jenny and Tom, continued to realize how much they want to be together........this story warmed me.

I am devoted to this new author and look forward to more wonderful moments reading his words. The COVER is pure and simple and something I could frame.........
4.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovering the short story 2 Mar 2008
By Marian B - Published on
I used to love short stories when I was a kid, but when I began commuting by train to work every day I began to read more full-length novels. These days, my commute is shorter and my working hours longer, and I haven't had the time to read a novel in years. I start them and never get around to finishing them. Then a friend told me about this book, which has helped me remember why I used to love short stories so much (and still do).

I have already recommended it to all my friends and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to you too.
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