Odds and Endings: Fiction Short and Otherwise is Joe DeRouen's first short story collection, and contains 13 all-new tales of magic, murder, and mystery. The compilation includes one novella and 11 short stories, one of which takes place in the Small Things universe and involves some of your favorite characters.
In "A Stranger with Your Hair", we meet Parker McCain, a womanizer who's always looking for the perfect partner. He gets all that and more when he makes a certain wish. Speaking of wishes, "The Wish" shows exactly why you should be very careful when you hold someone's heart in your hands, while "Mommy's Favorite" illustrates what can happen when a mother's love goes too far. And in "Merryland", we'll spend time with Zara Boone, a woman who gets far more than she bargained for when she inherits her dead grandmother's house. These are just a few of the tales that await you in Odds and Endings!
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I'm a huge short story lover and this book has several. Each is a suspenseful tale with a few twists and turns. I love shorts because I can listen or read them during breaks but it takes a talented author to bring a story down to the most important information without jumping too quickly or giving anything away too soon. I think Jake DeRouen has the ability to do this.
I'm not sold on the narrator. He wasn't great but not horrible. What I did really dislike about the book was each story flowed with little separation between them. I think there should be larger pauses between them and a little more intro so the reader knows the story is switching. Otherwise it's an entertaining collection of shorts.
I would say it was worth listening to. I enjoyed how the stories were all vastly different and covered fantasy to horror; although, the horror ones were very well done. It felt very much like I was listening to Tales from the Darkside or Tales from the Crypt or Twilight Zone.
I could point out many moments in the stories; but, my favorite one was "Going Over" solely because it brought me back to my childhood. Any story that includes Rowdy Roddy Piper is a good one.
Add more inflection. I felt that some moments were lost due to his deep tone.
Yes, the stories were fun to listen to and I enjoyed the "Shyamalan" twists. I would listen to more shorts by this author.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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