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Rigged [Kindle Edition]

Michael McGrath
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Book Description

He has an explosive charge in his heart and he can't drink it away.

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  • File Size: 111 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CCR7LE
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4.0 out of 5 stars awesome fiction for the price of a hash brown March 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having heard about AWP authors self publishing their work online, I took a chance on Rigged by Michael McGrath. So glad I did. McGrath is blowing up at AWP this year so it is fitting that the protagonist of his well-written short is literally about to blow up. The story concerns the Ranch, a quarantine where people like the narrator with "non-extractable" triggers in their hearts have been sent to wait til they explode, which can happen at any point. As a metaphor for death, the inevitable explosions sound grim and sci-fi-y, but at least from a writerly point of view they provide more tone than actual violence, setting off the humor of the piece. McGrath waxes hilariously about American culture, from reality TV shows and trips to Six Flags to coping mechanisms and casual dining. In other words you will LOL for the price of a hash brown. Kindle Single succeeds despite minor formatting issues.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and Enjoyable April 30, 2013
By oby
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Spoilers below!

I liked the premise of this story a lot. A lot. So many short stories, like the ones you read in the New Yorker, are about nothing. Absolutely nothing. Nothing interesting or new or fresh. This story was about something. I loved that the terrorist was called the stork, perfect. I loved the story about Tim and Suzanne and the reality TV show. I loved the musician and the benefit and the description about how all the initial public goodwill slowly receded away. The only critique I have is that the execution in certain parts of the story needs some work. There were parts that had dialogue, i.e the first scene with Buzz, Fiona, and the protagonist, where it was difficult to discern where they were or who was speaking. Additionally, I felt that the progression about the suit and the final reveal could have been done a little better, I felt like it happened too quickly and was a little rushed. There are also some formatting issues. That being said, all in all, I really enjoyed your story! Very imaginative.
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