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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477579907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477579909
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Reimann is an editor for Cracked.com, the largest comedy site on the internet. Follow him on Twitter (@startthemachine) and at startthemachine.tumblr.com.

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Tom Reimann is an editor and columnist at Cracked.com. If you can outwit him in the Maze of Sorrow, he will grant you a single wish.

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It's a quick read, 127 pages, and totally worth it.
Zakk Beaty
I will never forget this novel, and I eagerly anticipate the chance to read Mr. Reimann's future work.
Clinton J. Boomer
Stitches has 3 main characters, all of which are very different and still exceptionally likable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cricket on December 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
I love this book. I bought it for myself on Kindle, and have bought the paperback as a Christmas present. This book is short, but damn brilliant.

Reimann writes in no fewer than four distinct narrative voices: the hero, Pete; his would-be/wannabe girlfriend (if they both ever figure it out), Jill; Pete's would-be surgeon roommate, Auger, who lives by a strict professional code that would terrify even the most stringent ethicist; and - only on occasion - the omniscient third-person narrator.

Most of the story is told in first person, by one of the three main characters; each has a perfectly distinct, perfectly recognizable voice, and none of it ever feels forced. People find themselves in some pretty strange situations, too - but as strange as those situations are, they arise naturally from the plot, the characters' decisions, and the characters' personalities. They aren't thrown into melodramatic situations to artificially increase tension: stuff happens. They deal with it. Along the way, you'll laugh your head off, when you aren't cowering in terror: Reimann has mastered both dark humor and dark horror, and blends the two perfectly. In fact, sometimes it's difficult to separate them.

Brilliant. Read it. You won't be sorry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cakesweats on December 19, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. The characters are likable and well articulated for a book this short. There is a sincerity about this story that I found very refreshing compared to modern fiction that is often littered with prose that feels canned or consciously grandiose. From the dark humor to the numerous pop culture references, the author's voice is unmistakably clear. I would highly recommend this book if you have a quiet afternoon to kill (no pun intended).
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Four novels later, I have yet to be disappointed by any purchase from a Cracked.com writer, and Stitches continues the trend. Reimann has created three odd but increasingly entertaining characters, and mastered dark humor while maintaining a general sense of dread and suspense throughout the story (think of John Dies At The End). For $4 on a Kindle purchase, this is an incredible way to spend a day reading. You'll probably see where the story is going ahead of time, but the quality of the writing and humor makes the trip to get there worth every penny.
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Like most readers, I imagine, I came to know Tm Reimann's writing via Cracked.com. I've greatly enjoyed his articles, and when I saw he'd published a novel, I opted to buy a copy. I contacted him about this (I'd hoped to find it in ePub, but no dice), and he was very gracious and enthusiastic.

I bought the book from Amazon, and while it took me a bit of time to get around to reading it, I'm glad I did. Short, strange, and subtle, the novel follows a trio of friends who are at dead ends in their lives and looking down the barrel of some major life issues. Pete is a dropout working a dead-end job and getting intoxicated on a mixture of alcohol and sleeping pills to make bad decisions he can't later remember. Jill is his coworker and crush; a self-harming cutter who views her life through a lens of failure. Auger is Pete's roommate; an odd, Asp-y recluse whose private hobby is performing surgery on the unwary.

While the story takes some odd turns to get going and definitely has a "first novel" feel to it, the characters eventually come to life and find heart in the reality of their setting. I find the tale as a whole is best viewed as a metaphor for growing up and taking initiative in one's life, especially in the sense that sometimes the best gift your nearest and dearest can give you is a clean break and a head start on moving on. While certainly not for all audiences (and definitely packing its share of flaws), "Stitches" makes for a breezy and pleasant read.
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By Zakk Beaty on February 25, 2014
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I happened to end up upon this book through some articles on Cracked, that's right, I bet you did too. Well for 5 good ole American dollars, I couldn't find a reason not to buy it and after it arrived quickly in the mail, thank-you Amazon Prime, I was hooked. It took me a solid hour to read, maybe a full 90 minutes at most, but I read fast. I usually don't sit and read for periods longer than 30 minutes, I was raised in the digital age so there are better things to do, but I couldn't put it down.
The story, as you have probably already been told, is written from 4 perspectives, each perspective is different and you can definitely tell which character is which just based on the writing.
The only flaw in this book was that it was predictable, and that's still a good thing, around page 20, I called the ending. But by the time I had actually gotten there, that thought had been erased from my mind based on the previous events, and that just brings me joy, cause I was the one who was tricked. That's how much I was invested in the story. It's a quick read, 127 pages, and totally worth it. I hope we get to see more from Tom Reimann in the future, cause this was wonderful.
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By Teague Hurkala on February 4, 2014
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BUT I wish it could go on. I'd love to hear about an escape and a reunion. Does that make me a bad person? Holding out hope for the 'bad guy' in the story? Maybe. but this was very well written - why are you still reading this review? Go get this book! Do it!
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