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Stories and Scripts: an Anthology
     

Stories and Scripts: an Anthology

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by Zack Love
 
Thought-provoking, dreamy, sad, and hilarious, this collection of works by Zack Love takes the reader on a diverse and unforgettable literary journey through a variety of topics, themes, and emotions. The anthology totals about 73,000 words and contains a novelette, four short stories, a theater play, and a screenplay.

These seven spellbinding stories

Overview

Thought-provoking, dreamy, sad, and hilarious, this collection of works by Zack Love takes the reader on a diverse and unforgettable literary journey through a variety of topics, themes, and emotions. The anthology totals about 73,000 words and contains a novelette, four short stories, a theater play, and a screenplay.

These seven spellbinding stories spanning several styles and genres include a dramatic romance, a satire of the mega-rich, a somber and soulful reflection on the problem of evil, humorous dating adventures, and stories driven by philosophical musings.

The anthology includes:

1) THE DOORMAN � A NOVELETTE

Alex seems to have it all: a great penthouse apartment, a lovely girlfriend, and a prestigious Wall Street job. But below the surface he is sure of nothing but his angst-ridden doubts. And when he realizes that his doorman may be God, or sent by God, he will question things like never before.

This novelette is a story of New York doormen, tormented love, empty office life, and the theological questions that arise in response to the horrors of evil.

2) CENTRAL PARK SONG � A SCREENPLAY (ROMANCE)

Can love really conquer all? Rodney is a passionate black man with brilliant talents but a mental illness that leaves him homeless. Melinda is a white Manhattan law partner with an artistic soul, trapped by the pressures of corporate law, her wealthy father, and her three-year boyfriend. A charming, chance encounter leads to a magical courtship and life-changing choices that make an unlikely New York romance possible.

3) THE GRAND UNIFIED STORY � A SHORT STORY

What happens when a man and a woman meet in a way that magically involves the entire universe? When both are so keenly aware of their place in the cosmos that their connection seems to transcend their union and capture the very essence of life. This story shows how each person is a world to be discovered and how sometimes, when two worlds collide, the universe seems that much smaller.

4) CITY SOLIPSISM � A SHORT STORY

Have you ever been on a train, bus, metro/subway � or any other shared space with strangers � and started to wonder what that person right next to you is thinking? This story takes you on a journey into the mind of a man in a suit and tie on a New York City subway car, as he thinks about the woman standing awkwardly close to him. They are total strangers but their proximity is almost intimate as their hands share the same metal subway pole.

5) WAITING FOR 2000 � AN ABSURDIST COMEDY OF BILLIONAIRE PROPORTIONS

Inspired by and reminiscent of Samuel Beckett�s absurdist stage play �Waiting for Godot,� this Y2K theater comedy satirizes the frivolous extravagance of the mega-rich.

Bob�s Billionaire Boat boasts the world�s 2,000 richest people on it, and will enable them to celebrate the arrival of the year 2000 twice in a row by crossing the International Dateline on New Year's Eve 1999. The co-captains of the boat � two regular guys � keep themselves amused with endlessly silly banter while occasionally debating whether the whole thing is just a fictional stage play.

Meanwhile, two Wall Street traders who are bitter about missing the wealth cutoff for the billionaire cruise are determined to blow up the boat and thereby become the two richest people on earth.

In this satire, the zaniest billionaires ever to gather on a single vessel prove that there's still plenty to complain about at the top.

6) MY BEST VALENTINE'S DAY. EVER. � A SHORT STORY

Sammy Laffowitz is legendary for his dating disasters and sex mishaps. This time, misfortune strikes on Valentine's Day � but with a fun twist that makes Sammy seem studly for a change.

7) MY WORST VALENTINE'S DAY. EVER. � A SHORT STORY

Yi Wang is a NY bad boy who plans to make history on Valentine's Day with his female exploits. The handsome, alpha-male, Chinese-American is a corporate lawyer who usually gets his way with women, but this time he makes one stupid mistake that leaves everyone but him laughing hysterically at his epic fail.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940149611058
Publisher:
SQ Publishing
Publication date:
05/12/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
485 KB

Meet the Author

Zack Love graduated from Harvard College, where he tried to create a bachelor�s degree in Women. With the bachelor portion of that degree in hand, he settled in New York City but � to afford renting his bed-sized studio � found himself flirting mostly with a computer screen and stacks of documents. Determined not to die a corporate drone, Zack decided to sacrifice sleep for screenwriting, an active social life, and Internet startups offering temporary billion-dollar fantasies.

To feed his steady diet of NYC nightlife, he regularly crashed VIP parties in the early 2000s and twice bumped into his burgeoning crush, a Hollywood starlet. But � much to Zack�s surprise � neither of those awkward conversations led to marriage with the A-list actress. Zack eventually consoled himself by imagining fiascoes far worse than those involving his celebrity crush. In the process, he dreamed up a motley gang of five men inspired by some of his college friends and quirky work colleagues. And thus was born Sex in the Title. But the novel is not autobiographical: Zack never had his third leg attacked by any mammal (nor by any plant, for that matter). In fact, keeping his member safe has been one of Zack�s lifelong goals � and one of the few that he�s managed to accomplish.

After publishing Sex in the Title, Zack released his other unpublished works (contained in this anthology) while developing the SQ Calculator ( an app that uses �crowd-sourcing� to measure how sexy someone is.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This review is MY opinion. Please read the synopsis before purchasing this book. *Be kind and leave a review* Zack Love has made it easy for everyone to get all his works. Zack gives you a little bit of everything in one collection. City Solipsism is the short story of a man who finds himself wondering about a woman who is on the same subway train. This story takes you inside the mind of a subway rider. Do you think the same things when you see someone on the subway, bus, or plane? Central Park Song is a screenplay about a successful, rich, white woman who meets a very smart, talented and homeless black man. Can love survive not only the racial divide but also the social one? When you read this you can really picture yourself sitting in a theatre watching this story play out on the big screen. The Doorman is a story that will have you thinking about your faith. Can an older man know all things about all things and be just a man? Alex finds himself asking this question after his doorman keeps getting everything right. Waiting for 2000 is a play. 2000 of the wealthiest men and women are on a ship heading for the International Dateline to celebrate the beginning of the year 2000 a 2nd time. Some of these wealthy people come and talk to the ships captains about all the issues they are having on the cruise. This play is full of hilarity and makes you wonder what these rich people would do if they had a "real" problem to deal with. There are three other short stories included in this anthology. Sammy, from Sex in the Title, tells you about Valentine's Day, his best one in My Best Valentine's Day Ever and Narc, from Sex in the Title tells you about his worst Valentine's Day in My Worst Valentine's Day Ever. The Grand Unified Story completes the collection . One click this and get yourself hooked on Love...Zack Love....today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Zack Love all bundled in one, Dare I say what could be more fun! This new release is an anthology of his works to date, Yes, you heard right. I think it must be fate! Seven fantastic stories all under one cover, What a great buy! Go now and discover. Sex in the Title sneak peek, that’s all I will say, The Doorman makes you analyze and think, yeh. Central Park Song will have your heart skipping a beat, City Solipsism will make you laugh and giggle in your seat! Waiting for 2000 takes us back in time, Billionaires, boats, Bob and silliness so sublime. A never released story is in this collection, “ONE CLICK” this now it’s soulful perfection! If you haven’t yet read any of Zack’s stories this year, You are definitely missing out on gut a bursting laugh I can declare!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It isn't every day where I can say I loved every single story in an anthology. This is the case with Zack Love's Stories and Scripts: An Anthology. Each story offers something different from romance and comedy to philosophical and theological. What ties this set together so well is that Zack Love is a great writer. He knows how to write stories that pull you in. This anthology showcases that really well. It's hard for me to pick a favorite from this set because I like them all so much for different reasons. Central Park Song is not your traditional romance, which is refreshing. City Solipsism is a glimpse into the mind of a man on the subway and has one of the funniest endings. The Grand Unified Story tells the story of a meeting between a man and woman and how it's connected to the universe. It's a really sweet story. Waiting For 2000 is a funny play that has characters you won't forget. My Best Valentine's Day. Ever. and My Worst Valentine's Day. Ever., bring back Sammy and Yi (Narc) from Sex in the Title. Their Valentine's Day stories are hilarious. The Doorman is a brilliant story that will stay with you for a long time. I couldn't stop thinking about this story after I read it. I can't recommend Zack Love's Stories and Scripts: An Anthology enough. You won't be disappointed. This is definitely worth the one-click.
LilyW More than 1 year ago
Overall this is an amazing Anthology and I'm not going to lie I was surprised at how diverse Zack is as a writer, you just wouldn't expect anyone to able to successfully write so many different genres! Honestly no one has a right to be as talented as Zack is, but don't tell him I said that, we don't need his head to get any bigger ;). I enjoyed every part of this anthology and I can rarely say that, It has such a mishmash and it shouldn't work but it really does! It is almost like each piece compliments the next! Well worth a read!
CeeCeeLawson1 More than 1 year ago
The synopsis that goes along with each and every piece of literature in this anthology summarizes with perfect skill. Zack Love is a brilliant writer that quickly captured my attention and held me hostage until the final page. I thoroughly enjoyed his intelligent writing style and creative nature. Great for quick reads on the go, separately, or perfect for one very entertaining sitting! I was gifted a copy, via the author, in exchange for an honest review.
Book_worms77 More than 1 year ago
BookWorms review done by Lauren. This is a compilation of stories by Zack Love We gave this book 5 stars All in all this book was a great compilation of a great author and his work. I found that most of the stories made me wonder myself what life's possibilities were. While reading this compilation you need to have an open mind, when I started out reading I did not have that, and it was torturous to read. But once I went back and put my closed-mindedness behind me this book flowed with eloquentness. I was very impressed with these stories. Thank you for sharing this with us. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of Zack Love's short works plus some extra bonuses for one low price? Why yes, sign me up!!! I have most of these individually but it's great to have them all in one place!! This amazing collection has a little something for everyone: Comedy, Romance, and even a bit of Paranormal hints!! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys losing themselves in a good story...and you have plenty to choose from. Here are some of my favorites... THE DOORMAN: This one is by far my favorite! The story about a man in search of himself and a higher purpose!! Review link below... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/875191799 CENTRAL PARK SONG: This amazing love story is written in screenplay format, which at first made me a little leery about reading but I found it to be extremely easy, enjoyable, and a very refreshing approach on a love story...it was like watching a movie in my head as I read it! I absolutely loved it! Link to my review below... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/913152154 This was a good buy and an enjoyable read! I highly recommend it!!! Once again Zack Love does a great job in enveloping the reader in these wonderful stories of imagination, love, and the search for something bigger than yourself!!