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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*
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.
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?
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A short story collection with the author's usual dead pan wit and enough surprises to satisfy. The Welsh answer to Roald Dahl?Published on 8 Nov. 2013 by Mr. M. Green
Interesting and ingenious plots, with a throw-away style and clever twists at the end. Best read individually, otherwise the style becomes a bit samey.Published on 1 Aug. 2013 by isobel
This is a collection of cleverly constructed short stories. Many involve the theme of murder, for example, a story of a man trying to work out how to kill his ex, with completely... Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2013 by Maria Savva
Crazy, hilariously funny short stories for any time. I read them and laughed while on the treadmill. Probably lost extra lbs. from all the laughing. What a sense of humor! Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2013 by Ellen J. Grogan
Another thoroughly enjoyable read from Andrew Peters comprising of nine short, unconnected stories. Not as funny as the Blues Detective, but darker in humour, Solos still managed... Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2012 by Richard Phillips
It must just be me. These shorts were ok. I chuckled a touch, but not much. I cant remember a thing about any of them, other than something to do with rhubarb. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2012 by djf
Having read The Blues Detective(also by Andrew Peters) before this book, I was surprised to find the humerous stories interspersed with more touching and thought provoking ones. Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2012 by Ali
A great book of short stories by Andrew Peters. I highly recommend that you buy this book and be thoroughly entertained.Published on 3 Oct. 2012 by Ian McAdam
The perfect book to take with me when waiting for the children at after school clubs! The short stories take a rather irreverent look at life, with great black humour and some... Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2012 by trot
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