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4.0 out of 5 stars Like a step into the Twilight Zone, be careful what you wish for!
This novelette is sure to please the afficionado of the old television shows, especially Twilight Zone, the story is atmospheric. Even the feel is grainy black and white. Cheryl Kaye Tardif never disappoints with the quality and depth of her writing, whether full-length, novelette, short story or part of an anthology, she is consistently exploring the mind. Well-written,...
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by Betty Gelean

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3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for
He loafs around hogging the remote-control & 'thinking positive', not accepting that he needs to get off his backside & work if he wants his dream. Meanwhile she has two jobs plus the housework, laundry & cooking , that is until there is a thunderstorm & -- well it is only a short story so I can't reveal any more without telling too much. Quite entertaining overall.
Published on 20 May 2011 by Maria


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4.0 out of 5 stars Like a step into the Twilight Zone, be careful what you wish for!, 4 Nov 2011
This review is from: Remote Control (Kindle Edition)
This novelette is sure to please the afficionado of the old television shows, especially Twilight Zone, the story is atmospheric. Even the feel is grainy black and white. Cheryl Kaye Tardif never disappoints with the quality and depth of her writing, whether full-length, novelette, short story or part of an anthology, she is consistently exploring the mind. Well-written, gripping, and with a moral buried within, Remote Control is sure to warn and entertain.

Take a lazy, very fat man who spends all his time wishing his way to a rosy future, then picture an over-worked long-suffering wife. Who would guess that these two were the football jock and the class valedictorian in college? What happened to them? She works at two jobs and still can't afford to pay all the bills and keep him fed. He is a plumber, and could have been very good at it, but no. He is so fat, so lazy, and so glued to the TV with his hand gripping the remote, that he has lost his ambition. Not enough money to pay the bills? He just tries to talk his wife into working longer hours or take on a third job. He is convinced that if he wishes long and hard enough, he will be rich. He "knows" that it is happening soon. In the meantime, he lives in his imaginary world of TV and wishes, while his wife tries to make ends meet and wonders where everything went wrong. She wishes, too; wishes that things could be as they were. Is there a turning point? Ah, if I delve into it too far, I'll give the ending away.

Once again Cheryl Tardif has taken us away from our comfort zone to find that we enjoy being there. Once begun, the reader is compelled to find out what happens, thereby reading and watching all the way through, driven by the story to the outcome, thinking about wishes we've made. A brilliant and fitting ending, I am now going to be careful what I wish for, much as I might think I really want it. A well-metered story, picking up pace as it goes along, an impressive writing style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for, 13 July 2011
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A twist-in-the tale short story about a lazy man and his put-upon wife. Content to let his wife do all the work while he is a TV-addicted couch potato, he nevertheless finds an ingenious method to feather his nest as he dreams of replacing the old faithful wife with a newer model. What could possibly go wrong...........
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2.0 out of 5 stars seen this on tv, 22 May 2011
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Not a badly written book.Could do with more on the long suffering wife so that we really cheer her on at the end.However i have seen this or something very like it on a TV film in the 80s with an family who have just bought a new dish TV from the devil with only the remote to get them home as they jump from program to program.Not a direct copy of the film but enough to ring bells. maybe a catalist for Ms Tardif. like the feel of the writting
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3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for, 20 May 2011
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He loafs around hogging the remote-control & 'thinking positive', not accepting that he needs to get off his backside & work if he wants his dream. Meanwhile she has two jobs plus the housework, laundry & cooking , that is until there is a thunderstorm & -- well it is only a short story so I can't reveal any more without telling too much. Quite entertaining overall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining quick read, 20 May 2011
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The main character was quickly 'fleshed out' so to speak, which is important in a story of this length. The plot was rather transparent and the ending unsurprising but overall a story worthy of the time commitment.
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