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The Petorik Thesis and Tales of The Global West based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The short stories in this collection range from mystery and suspense to heart-warming and touching. They were intriguing, thought-provoking, diverse and some even poignant. There are twists and turns and mysteries to be solved in several. W. Jack Savage is a master of character dialogue. His writing style is easy, and highly intelligent, like his characters. When the characters interact, witty banter and sexual undertone make the exchanges more of a fluid waltz. This is how most of the characters in Mr. Savage's book speak and I got caught up in it. This aspect of the book, I enjoyed immensely. Combine this with some of the most creative and clever plots I've ever read and you have a noteworthy book. Were there times I could predict the outcomes? Yes. But, there were an equal amount of times I was taken by complete surprise, too. The stories, for the most part, were entertaining journeys. Now I'll address my only complaint about this book. I already described above how beautifully it was written, at times. But, on too many occasions I'd find myself enthralled in a story and then the dialogue would take a turn and be riddled with profanity and offensive language. I'd like to stress that not all the stories presented this problem, for me. Of the 15 stories, I most enjoyed: The Story of Baggs House, Howie and Katherine, The Dog Across the Street and The Ticket. These were simply fantastic stories that had everyday, ordinary people brought together by chance, affecting those around them with their unique perspectives on life, understanding, talents and love. They had great depth and provided a lot of food for thought. They're examples of brilliant writing and character development. I think readers, who aren't as sensitive to language as I am, would really appreciate this collection of short stories that are intelligent, witty and provocative, as W. Jack Savage is a undoubtedly a talented writer and storyteller.
Individuals, who have been reading books by W. Jack Savage, as well as new readers, will not be disappointed in The Petorik Thesis and Tales of the Global West. As a former publisher, present-day author, and book reviewer, I can honestly say that I believe this book of fifteen stories is the best one that he has written. His imagination and creativity will captivate readers who are surprised by events even when they believe they have learned to expect the unexpected. His characters are realistic with distinctive personalities that are brought to life with appropriate dialogue and description. In some of the writings, I see glimpses of the writer's life, especially when describing occupations, geographical locations, etc. This adds reality to his attention-grabbing fiction. I highly recommend this well-written and imaginative book; readers should purchase one for themselves and also have a few on hand for gift-giving.