Not Quite So Stories showcases the idea that life is absurd, ultimately beyond comprehension. In each story, people try to understand and explain the world. They may be able to come to terms with small pieces, but existence as a whole is beyond their grasp. Life isn’t explainable, and the best people can do is continue on with their lives in the face of that fact. The stories in this collection proceed from this idea, examining how different characters manage – and/or fail – to do this.
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Table of Contents
G-MEN CENTS OF WONDER RHYMES WITH ORANGE DOMESTIC TIES HOME IMPROVEMENT A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE GREAT TOILET PAPER WAR OF 2012 THE BRICKLAYER'S AMBIGUOUS MORALITY CHANGES FOR THE CHÂTEAU FORM OVER SUBSTANCE ≈ EGGS OVER EASY LAST KNOWN SIGHTING OF THE HMS THOUSAND THREAD COUNT SHEETS MONKEY! MONKEY! MONKEY! MONKEY! MONKEY! THE ELUSIVE QUALITIES OF ADVANCED OFFICE EQUIPMENT HAPPY TRAILS THE BOYS OF VOLUNTEER FIRE TWO-TWENTY-TWO-POINT-FIVE (AND A HALF) THE DES MOINES KABUKI DINNER THEATRE TURNDOWN SERVICE DREAMS OF DEAD GRANDPA THE ONION SHE CARRIED CONTEXT DRIVEN 60% RAYON AND 40% EVIL AN ENDLESS SERIES OF MEANINGLESS MIRACLES THE UNKNOWABLE AGENDA OF URSINES THE HEADSHAKING DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE MISGUIDEDLY WELL-INTENTIONED UP, UP, AND NO WAY
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Not Quite so Stories is a collection of short stories from David Atkinson. This is a collection of 23 stories that range from simple and quick to a little longer and more bizarre. My two favorite stories are A Brief Account of the Great Toilet Paper War of 2012 and Monkey! Monkey! Monkey! Monkey! Monkey! The Great Toilet Paper War could be a variation of the classic battle of leaving the toilet seat up or down. I could see me and my other half doing this to each other. The funniest part for me what unwinding the toilet paper and placing a line of glue along the paper as it is rerolled onto the roll. Monkey! Monkey! Monkey! Monkey! Monkey! Is about a lady that has an unusual car problem. I could see myself in this place with people thinking I’m insane as I try to get help with my car. If you like short stories or just need a quick read I recommend checking out this collection. There are stories for everyone. I received Not Quite so Stories for free from Sami at Roger Charlie in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a collection of short stories by David S. Atkinson and each story is as fantastic as the last, something that I absolutely didn’t expect. Normally, I’m not a fan of short story collections as there are usually one or two picks in the bunch that brings the whole thing down and then I feel very conflicted when it comes to writing up the review. Not the case this time. It’s quite difficult to explain what it is that makes this author extraordinary but I’ll give it a go: the stories are surreal, without that ‘trying too hard to be weird’ vibe. The humour in them is very subtle but colours each story and all of the characters are utterly real in their embodiment of whatever quality Atkinson is trying to present. One of my favourites is a cute story about a married couple, they are very real people with the oh-so-familiar set up of taking it in turns to cook dinner and wash the dishes. The husband feels a little insecure in their relationship and starts to express his concerns in a creative and artistic way, his expression is so elegant and mysterious and it plays on the fact that we’re conditioned to think that anything poetic is superior. This was one of the two stories that made me laugh out loud when we’re abruptly brought back to the reality that insulting his wife’s cooking via poetry is not superior, it’s just passive aggressive and annoying. The other story that had me giggling was The Toilet Roll War of 2012. I live in a house shared by young professionals. I live this war every day and it is an ugly one. It is another story about a couple and what I love about both of them is that their disputes aren’t the huge relationship-ending ones but those silly little issues that creep into your lives but don’t mean the end of everything. In this case, the woman in the relationship doesn’t change the toilet roll on the holder when she finishes it. The scale of their war is what takes this story into absurdity…. but let’s face it, can any of us say we wouldn’t go to extreme lengths to make sure our partner was fully housetrained? I’m with the husband on this, she’s clearly a monster who needs to be shot, but that’s neither here nor there. The story is presented as a document, stating the progression of their war and the eventual terms of surrender on both side with a big dash of dry humour. Most of these stories moved me in one way or the other, they have a tiny element of the extraordinary in the middle of the ordinary world and the results are wonderful. The writing style is gripping and each story is the perfect length and completely satisfying, I would recommend this collection to fans of character studies who are looking for a nice fun read or anyone with limited time on their hands for reading. Reviewed by Nia at Whispering Stories Book Blog
This is a collection of short stories. A peculiar mix leaning towards the bizarre. The author has a vivid imagination and uses it to the full. I suspect he had let it run wild and enjoyed doing so. Some of the stories held my attention .. I particularly liked ‘Happy Trails’. The titles of some were enough to pique interest. The advantage of being a relatively short book 166 pages broken down into several tales means if you don’t connect with one you can soon progress to the next. I admire the writing and it could provide entertainment if that is your favoured ilk. Thanks to the author and Pump Up Your Book for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.