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The Part Time People [Kindle Edition]

Tom Lichtenberg , Benhamish Allen
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

DeBarrie's Stationery Store needed help again. Somehow, the part-time people never worked out. It was a problem. One after another, the part-time people came and went, and sometimes, nobody ever found out what happened to them. The newest one seemed even more hopeless than usual. His job application announced "there's a man who follows me around and ruins everything I try to do".


Product Details

  • File Size: 178 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pigeon Weather Productions (June 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003QHZ5JU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,365 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and Deficient June 11, 2011
By JustJan
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This is a very odd short story that doesn't evoke much emotion beyond mild curiosity and confusion. The characters were peculiar and often inconsistent. You never truly understand any of them. The plot just seemed a little too obscure to grasp. I have no idea what the author was trying to say. I felt as if I just spent an hour aimlessly wandering around a stationery store without ever seeing anything interesting.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but needs work August 22, 2011
By JL
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this short story, but like other readers I think it could use some further development. The story suffers from numerous problems with both punctuation and grammar, and the plot seemed inconsistent, with oddly developed characters and an abrupt, disjointed ending. It's short and right now it's free, and it's not the worst thing I've ever read, but if I had purchased this I would be extremely disappointed. However, If the author can put in more effort with editing and revising his work in the future I think there's a lot of room for positive growth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully bad writing June 23, 2011
By SF
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Typical sentence: "And if it wasn't a trap, if they didn't intend to get him with "what are you doing here, get lost", then it would happen anyway, in an hour or two, a week, a month at most, and he'd be right back here again, sitting on this bench in this little square of city park, with no idea of when it was all going to end for good, if indeed it ever would." I left the punctuation as-is. The only good I can say about "The Part Time People" is that it was a free download and it was short.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars full time great story June 10, 2011
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this book starts out like an episode from the twilight zone.you know as you read that weird things will happen.it was a great read. i look foward to more books from these authors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing ever happens August 8, 2011
By E.M.
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I expected this story to have some suspense and mystery, especially with the synopsis that we are given. However, I was greatly disappointing. Never found out who the mystery man was who ruined everything, never had any real action at all. I thought maybe part of the story was missing. I would not waste my time again reading this story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What is this? June 27, 2011
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This short story is very confusing.

I have no issue with unreliable narrators, but it is difficult to tell what is happening in this story because the writing is too poor for readers to be able to draw any conclusions. Virtually everybody in the story has difficulty relating to others. Conversations begin and then trail off without any important information being related. The author doesn't prevent any "normal" interactions for us to be able to judge if the characters are the ones who have difficult understanding normal human interactions or if the problem actually is with him. I had assumed that a main character was mentally unbalanced and waiting for that to develop throughout the story. However, when the story ended, apparently he had become "normal," making a very unfulfilling conclusion. Why set up a "weird" situation for a short story with all this foreshadowing and then leave it unexplored and unexplained? The only way the author can advance the story is to tell us -- in simple sentences -- what type of people the characters are (things like: He was a nice person. He liked people. He didn't know why, that was just the way he was). We're never shown anything through the action of the story. People are just put in situations, have weird, trailing-off conversations, and then we're subjected to basic statements about the type of people that they are.

The environment isn't very realistic either. Because of some odd wording, I thought at first that maybe the story was set in another country -- but then a character mentions being from "Michigan," which is the only sense of place we got in the story. We know we're not in Michigan and we're in a city. Don't hope for anything more specific.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please Proofread! June 11, 2011
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I honestly have no idea what this story was about. I could not focus on the plot because of the grammatical problems and typographical errors. I gave it only one star because of the sheer number of grammatical errors! I could somehow forgive the commas outside the quotation marks, I convinced myself that the missing periods were just typos, but once I got to the dual commas (,,) I just could not read any further.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful style December 10, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
the first lichtenberg i read...it remans one of my favorites. very unique writing style. loved the characters. loved the environment created in the story. weird and crazy in a very good way
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy?
It's all relative. Tom's story shows just how relative crazy. Everyone has a hang up and Tom weaves them all together for a fun surprising ending. Great story.
Published 2 months ago by Deanne Kearns
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story
A quick easy read with an interesting story very similar to the old Alfred Hitchcock
series. Set in a stationary store that has a high part time help turnover brace... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ron Blasco
2.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was stupid
It was a total waste of my reading pleasure and a total waste of the writer's time in writing it.
Published 9 months ago by Elaine H. Turley
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanting More
I downloaded "The Part-Time People" as part of exploring my new Kindle. It had a very Twilight-Zone feeling and was an excellent read. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Christina Brucker
4.0 out of 5 stars My rating should be enough of and answer, I either liked it or I did...
My rating should be enough of and answer, I either liked it or I did not like it! Thank You!
Published 12 months ago by Gramma Sero
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
I enjoyed this story. Good characters. Good story line. I will read this author again. A nice story for bedtime.
Published 12 months ago by mfox
1.0 out of 5 stars What Does One Say...
This book had no plot, no direction, no point, and no ending. I have absolutely no idea what story the writer was trying to tell or why. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Meori Gaditris
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent characters but no story
The characters are engaging and the story begins well but it is too long for a short story and there is no resolution. Read more
Published 13 months ago by nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
Strange and wonderful. In some cases a word or two says it all. Am annoyed at having to write more. Tis the end.
Published 16 months ago by michelle eichler
2.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
I liked the concept of this book. More of a back story and character development would make this amazing.
I really did like it given everything.
Published 16 months ago by Emily
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"Author of curiously engaging novellas. His stories are not driven by action but by mood and metaphysics. His premises often begin with fairly standard, often vaguely science-fiction concepts, but he spins those concepts out into melancholy, thoughtful tales in which he explores the emotion and (often) dislocation that people feel when confronted by something outside their normal experience." - Devon Kappa

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