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Solos by [Peters, Andrew]
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About the Author

Born in the swamps of Glamorgan, I have wandered the world, generally with a guitar in hand. Here I am in a beautiful village in central Spain, where the sun shines, the lake is warm, the drink is cheap and the people and animals are friendly. I share my place with two gorgeous local cats, more guitars than I can count and a fridge full of wine. Oh, and I write stories. Many of them about Otis King, Memphis' Number One Welsh Blues detective. Others about Angels, murderers, failed Super-Villains and ingrowing toenails. I'd be happy if some of my stories amused you for a while.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 185 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PBOLLK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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8 Fabulous short stories. Some of these stories had me laughing out loud, the way he describes some people appealed to my sense of humour. This is really a great read and I hope he writes lots more!
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Books that have made me laugh out loud are: Spike Milligan's war memoirs, Three Men In a Boat by Jerome K Jerome, Wilt by Tom Sharpe and now Solos by Andrew Peters. A series of monologues that, like The Blues Detective, force the reader to turn the pages. Judgement Day contains the best list of candidates for hell ever written and caused an outbreak of explosive laughter from this reviewer. A close second was the story about the bullying teacher...please sir, can I have some more?
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This is a really well-rounded, fun collection.
I think the first story in it is possibly one of the weakest - so I really wouldn't judge the book by that one if you're sampling. I say weakest and that's probably not fair because it has a lovely sense of place and time and a coherent narrator's voice - it's just that I saw it coming a mile off and there's no twist. However the collection gets much tighter as you move through. By the 3rd story (First Draft) I was laughing more and more and clicking ever quicker through the pages.

The Urban Avenger hits a powerful chord - who knew I was an Urban Avengeress? Wow could I relate to that one. Cattle prods - that's what we need!

Judgement Day narrated by the Archangel Gabriel is a hilarious little gem. No spoilers - just read it and laugh - I was delighted to see that God and Discworld's Lord Vetinari are almost completely agreed on the fate of mimes though.

The various narrators different voices work nicely, there is a realism and congruency to the various characters that worked for me. None of that being jarred out of the story by stupid or unlikely things. There are a couple of much darker stories which add variety. Grammar and proof-reading are tight, formatting is generally fine but the TOC doesn't work which does mean it's hard to get back to any of the stories without much clicking.(See below) But text to speech is allowed which is always a blessing ;-)
Truly it should probably get 4* as I suspect that Mr Peter's work will improve and it's nice to leave a star to grow on - but it's a first book, it's terrific value - I've paid 5 times for more for less value, it really made me laugh and filled several hours with great stories so it's getting 5*
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Edited 31/7/12 Astonishingly the author left me a message on my review telling me that he had fixed the TOC! I can now confirm that it works perfectly.
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I bought this to download to my Kindle, intending to save it for a quick read on holiday later this month, after being 'bullied' in the most charming way by facebook contacts. OK, I admit it, tempted by comment....
Not in the least bit regretted - tempted to read it after only a few days of resistance, I thoroughly enjoyed the short stories and delighted in the teasing messages brought by the denouement and the expected unexpected at the end of every story. You'll love this if you like to think the unthinkable - well, the un-do-able, because you may well have thought like Andrew Peters, but haven't done and may not even have revealed to anyone your thoughts.
A 'good read'; funny, thoughtful, well worth the money, interesting (no, I don't think that word is over-used, I really DO mean I like 'interesting') and leaves you wanting more. What more could you want for your money and, more precious, your time?
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Solos When I got this book I really didn't know what to expect from the pen of a musician turned writer. Crime shorts with a musical theme maybe, crimes set in the clubland one associates with musicians maybe. None of these, what I did find was a bunch of short stories, many of which were written in a sort of quirky 'chat at the bar' style and every single one a little gem of wicked humour that sees a funny side to the darkest crime of murder. A good few hours of amusing and entertaining relaxation that had me, well, 'chortling' is the word best suited which make this a book full of chortles. I've already lined up the next from Andrew Peters and hope I'm just as delighted as I was with this.
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I just finish to read Solos. My first Kindle book and my very first experience reading Andrew Peters. I did not know what to expect and was very nicely surprised. Shortstories you wish they would be much longer. Dark at times but very funny indeed. Easy to read but still, very well written, I would think. Really looking forward now to read "The Blues Detective" soon...
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A thoroughly enjoyable collection that I will read again and again.
Mostly very funny but also some thought provoking moments, and some which lead you to believe that, no, it's not just you that feels that way!
Good fun, I hope there's more to come!
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I read Solos and Andrew Peters' other offering, The Blues Detective, both in the same day.. I couldn't put them down.. deliciously witty, dry humour to die for (in some cases , seriously so). I'm glad I've found this man's writings..and will be after the next lot as soon as he puts it out there. The droll language makes this collection crack along at a terrific pace... you don't have time to get tired... and his throwaway lines are classic Hitchcock in print. LUV IT ! give us more, and soon, Andrew .. well done , that man...
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