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Dr J ReadsTop Contributor: Poetry Books
4.0 out of 5 starsBrief...but Not that Brief
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2017
Not the most engaging set of short stories I have ever read, but worth it for those who wish to explore T.C. Boyle's writing without first committing to a larger novel. Boyle's insights are occasionally surprising, and his writing has depth and quality. There is a mingling here of history and other explorations. The length of the title story may turn some readers off who wish to experience stories of a slightly shorter format.
Enjoyed all the stories, but the title story, the last and longest in the collection, ended abruptly as though the author was just tired of writing. I am a fan of T.C. Boyle and was interested in this collection after reading Talk Talk, which has some similar themes, plot elements, and characters, but more fully developed. This collection was enjoyable but not his best.
4.0 out of 5 starsStrangely, the title story, which appears at the ...
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2017
Strangely, the title story, which appears at the end of the collection, is completely out of tune with the rest of the tales in terms of pacing, vocabulary, tone and voice. It was interesting, but the rest of the stories are far more compelling. I will probably read it again - some of the stories have that much punch.
4.0 out of 5 starsT. C. Boyle in Small Doses: a Bedside Reader for Boyle Lovers
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2016
I enjoy T. C.Boyle's crazy outlook on subjects he chooses to write about, but i think I like having a whole novel to develop them in. This collection is clearly recognizable as Boyle, even in short form
4.0 out of 5 starsShort Review for Short Stories at their Best
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2011
This is a short review to encourage readers who love short stories to be sure to add this one to your collection. Readers of long novels: Here's your chance to expand your horizon. All of the stories held my interest with Wild Child being the longest & best of the lot. This is a great book to keep at the beach house or guest bedroom so visitors who are looking for "a little something" to read on a quiet summer afternoon can pick up & finish in one sitting.
I usually shy away from books read by the author as not too many do justice to their own works. T.C. Boyle is on of the few exceptions. As a reader of audio books I can say that Boyle is up there with Scott Brick & Jim Dale.