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Jack also appears in the novels Shot of Tequila, Flee, Spree, Three, Timecaster Supersymmetry, Banana Hammock, and Serial Killers Uncut, as well as the short story collection Jack Daniels Stories, and the novellas Floaters and Burners.
Other novels include the thrillers Origin, The List, Shot of Tequila, Disturb, and Timecaster.
Konrath writes horror under the name Jack Kilborn, including the bestsellers Afraid, Trapped, Endurance, and Haunted House.
You can visit him at www.JAKonrath.com
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I suspect Konrath has never had an original idea in any of his writings. What he does best is to take up tropes from his favorite genres (also my favorite genres as it happens), and give them new twists. He makes them his own and what results is enjoyable, fast paced and that word again, fun, reads.
The author prides himself on his humor, and in this one he confesses to having once attempted to be a standup comedian. As a comedian, he is a great writer. His output is prolific and his confidence that he is really a comedian misplaced as a writer is unshakable (or unstirable to stay in character). Both of these qualities are sometimes his Achilles heal. In terms of the former, nothing is left on the cutting room floor. Rather, it is recycled and diligent readers of his books are often left with a sense of déjà vu. But then again, he is such a terrific writer that second helpings are not so bad. Especially at the prices of his works in kindle versions.
Where Konrath's fans run into trouble however, is when his jokes become the premise of a story rather than a feature of it. Explaining this process in Crime Stories, Konrath notes how he saves up jokes on slips of paper for later use if they don't fit into a particular story. The result at worst is something like Crime Stories. The book tries too hard to be funny and as a result most of the stories contained here are simply tedious.Read more ›
Four of the entries are mystery set-ups to be solved, followed by an explanation of what happened. One had a tell that was a giveaway, and a detail that felt like a plot device. One was clever, but a major detail felt contrived. A third relied on trivia rather than cleverness. There’s a tale of a baking contest, however, that I really enjoyed–the setup was clever, and it had a nice whimsical flair.
Several of the stories are dark and clever. The first story, about a shark-fishing expedition, is funny enough that I didn’t care that it was predictable. There’s a parody of cozy mysteries that’s over-the-top in its morbid fun; there’s a parody of the insanely insightful Sherlock Holmes-style detective that hit that too-random spot for me. A tale of an abusive husband, his wife, and her father gave me a bit of a shiver. A couple of stories (Urgent Reply Needed, for example) felt like they were ‘cheating’ in the information that they hid from the reader and how it was hidden.
For humor value my favorite story is Light Drizzle. In this case the seeming randomness works, as it builds very deliberately on itself, becoming more and more ridiculous. It’s a short tale of an assassin who kills with everyday objects, as a bad day gets worse and worse for him. Don’t Press That Button also made me laugh: it’s a run-down of James Bond gadgets, what makes them cool or not, whether you’d want to own them, and what you might do with them.Read more ›
How can you write two sentences and get it wrong? You're actually writing that the coming story wasn't picked up - and it has errors in it...? It's got Your Name on it for Christ's sake. Where's the pride...? It's like you just spit out a bunch of rejects to make a quick buck, which I understand but to not even proof read your copy/paste job actually pisses me off...
Then there are the short stories which aren't that bad, it's the errors that give you two stars... I could go on and on but here's a quick example... We're a few sentences in and we read 'should' where the word shoulder 'should' be...? How is that kind of thing missed in a short...? I mean really...
Not happy, feel cheated... Not cool, not cool at all...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This collection of short stories shows the flexibility of the authors - some funny, some that were so good that they you wished they were full books, some you just feeling just... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Claudia
Oh wow, I am new to this authors work, but have thoroughly enjoyed all the books I've read so far. Crime stories started off with cool "who done it" stories then it goes... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Moniquea N
It was ok I guess?? Interesting quick read, kept me entertained while waiting for my flight.Published 18 months ago by nick c
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