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The Collected Short Stories

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  • Posted November 22, 2011

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    An excellent collection

    THE PLOT OR PREMISE: An amazing collection of 36 shortstories from a master storyteller combining romance, history, danger, twists, international intrigue, and domestic angst. WHAT I LIKED: Obviously with 36 shortstories, one cannot simply provide a generic list of key elements. A really nice mix, particularly some of the ones with twist endings. Here is an overview of each of the stories and the ratings for each. * NEVER STOP ON THE MOTORWAY: Woman driver is chased by a van down the motorway, with the context backlit by recent rapes and murders. Fantastic twist. 5.00 * THE STEAL: A tightly-budgeted couple takes a vacation and are forced to endure the overblown ramblings of an obnoxiously rich couple, up to and including the purchase of an oriental rug. 4.75 * ONE MAN¿S MEAT¿: A story told in two parts. The first part is the intro ¿ a man sees a beautiful woman entering a theatre, and finagles a seat next to her. Then, he asks her to dinner and the story diverges into four possible endings. * RARE: Everthing goes perfectly, all too well in fact, and the ending is a depressing twist. 4.00 * BURNT: The woman¿s husband turns up, so the night is a bust and goes downhhill from there. 4.25 * OVERDONE: Everything goes horrible between the two, and the woman is basically a shrew and the meal feels like a battlescene. 4.00 * À POINT: An amazing combination of optimism and lightheartedness that outshines the other three endings by far. 5.00 WHAT I DIDN¿T LIKE: That there weren¿t even more stories or that some of the really good ones weren¿t longer! THE BOTTOM LINE: A good collection of stories. 4.25 lilypads out of 5.00. Other Information: - Source: New - Format reviewed: Hardcover - Original date of review: July 2003, updated 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Highly recommended. Mr. Archer is the best story teller.

    Never want to put down. Mr. Archer is the best story teller, whether short stories or novels.

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    Posted June 9, 2011

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