One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories Paperback – 17 Apr 2014
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Playful and inventive . . . One More Thing is a special read (Shortlist)
A teller of funny, skew-whiff tales . . . Novak has, like, totally been compared to David Sedaris and Woody Allen, which is insane but also kinda true (New Statesman)
Lively, sweet-natured . . . Novak is best when he reaches beyond a punchline.... My favourite piece, 'Dark Matter'. . . feels profound (Sunday Telegraph)
One More Thing is very funny . . . Novak adds emotional depth to some well-crafted, often explosive pay-offs (Financial Times)
Remarkably good. There's a wildly eclectic range on display, from personal meditations to flights of absurdist whimsy (Guardian)
Brilliant surreal stories, full of unexpected twists and turns (The List)
Everyone knew that B.J. Novak was smart and sexy, but funny, too!? Wow, screw that guy. I haven't laughed at words this hard since I read (Joshua Ferris author of The Unnamed and Then We Came to the End)
ONE MORE THING is a funny and inventive debut collection, infused with a deadpan absurdist wit reminiscent of Woody Allen and Ian Frazier. B.J. Novak's stories are sly and playful, but they can pack a real emotional wallop (Tom Perrotta, author of Nine Inches)
Dark and hilarious, like the fudge Grandma used to make during her 'special' period. Deliciously funny! (Jack Handey, author of Deep Thoughts and The Stench of Honolulu)
A funny writer with a great ear, but also a genuine storyteller with an observant eye and finely tuned emotional radar (Michiko Kakutani New York Times)
An endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive and startlingly original debut collection that signals the arrival of a welcome new voice in American fiction.See all Product Description
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My expectations were confounded. I thoroughly enjoyed this wide-ranging collection of short stories, which deftly covers every aspect of the human condition. Some stories are a couple of sentences; some are considerably longer. Some are funny; others thoughtful; others genuinely moving. Others miss the mark, but this latter category is by far the smallest. He litters the text with some mildly irritating "discussion questions", which have a tendency to point to the obvious or become indulgently self-aware, but they're easily skipped.
While the stories are clever, however, Novak's ear is excellent. At his best, he crafts lines that live long in the memory, and captures characters and dialogue with the deftness of a literary great. I could write about his use of language all day long, but I'll restrain myself to a handful of examples.
While spinning one corporate yarn, Novak uses the pitch-perfect phrase
"more than 140,000 distinct units of social media approval"
This phrase could have been uttered in any one of tens of meetings I've endured over the past twelve months. It captures so perfectly that self-affirming desire of so many corporate shills to name things in ways which are understood by everyone but familiar to no-one.Read more ›
Inside, reader can find around seventy short stories, some of them more like anecdotes told in sentence or two, while some others go up to fifteen or so pages, without some common theme that characterizes the entire collection instead ranging from SF and love stories to the interesting satire and contemplation of youth.
Novak manages to surprise the reader while his stories are written in different styles and narration - sometimes being over-romantic, sometimes simply playful and silly – providing unexpected actions from his characters and behaviors that could not be foreseen. His writing certainly will not appeal to fans of classic stories, but it seems that this fact does not bother him too much because his stories are intended for the new generation, accustomed to obtaining quick and concise information.
And although I cannot say that I liked all the stories in collection, far from it, even that all of them are funny, few of them such as "Kellogg's" are truly excellent and will remain in the memory of the reader after closing the last page.
Novak has a talent for humor, and in which direction it will continue to take him in terms of writing, it remains to be seen. But what is certain is that with “One More Thing”, his first collection of stories, B.J. Novak made a good entry into the literary waters therefore making his collection recommended for reading.
The stories are witty, but also have depth and poignancy.
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The best book of short stories I've ever read. Every time you think you know how a short story can be, he does something else. Fascinating and inspiring.Published 2 months ago by Steinbeck fan
This book of short stories includes a huge range - from funny to classic, from one-liners to longer page turners. Read morePublished 17 months ago by CARRIEMCLARKE
Love these stories, easy to read a story whenever I have a minute.Published 20 months ago by Holly Marshall
Read this on my commute to work. Some very clever and witty stories inside, some others not so much. Still worth it to see into the mind of a great writer / comic.Published 24 months ago by S. Oleson