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  • File Size: 111 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 6, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054RJZ5K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,454,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Steve Richer went to law school and film school before considering becoming a sherpa, though he abandoned the idea upon discovering what a sherpa really was. Now he spends his days writing books.

He lives in Montreal where he tries - and fails weekly - to win the lottery.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Susanna G. on August 12, 2011
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Time travel stories always attract me, and I enjoy sarcastic wit, so these both made for an enjoyable and humorous quick read while waiting on car work. The deeper message, are we developing into a society that doesn't care about anything, causes me to ponder-are we?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Richards TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 14, 2011
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This story is told to us in first person by Pete, newly unemployed and sitting at home on his couch, slacking the day away between episodes of Price Is Right and Baywatch. Pete gets a call from his brother, Jackson, a univeristy professor, to come down to the campus and have lunch with him. Jackson is in charge of some NASA-sponsored research project. As Pete pokes around his brother's workstation, he stumbles across some loose wires, and "wouldn't it be funny if the underachiever of the family fixed the problem and made NASA history at the same time?"

And so begins Pete's travel to the future where he discovers the true cause of society's downfall, but Pete is hardly a saviour sent from the past to fight society's own apathy, right? The writing in this short has a dry, sharp edge to it. I do think the ending seemed a little rushed, but overall I did enjoy this story. Layered over some social commentary, there was some nice snarky humor to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katie on August 18, 2011
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A very enjoyable short story with an engaging premise and excellent voice. I really liked the witty view of a potential future our society could fall into that was entirely realistic. I just wish the solution at the end had been developed a bit more. Would love to read more about this character the change he showed was well done. I'd rate it 3.75 stars. I liked everything I read, but felt the ending was too rushed. The "solution" needed more development than a couple paragraphs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 25, 2011
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A more subtle author might have made this story a brilliant one rather than a good one, but there are still some fine moments of satire amid the rather too obvious targets. It reads in some ways as though the author was almost unwilling to engage too deeply into the question of "just how did this dystopia happen?"

However, the mix of obvious social satire and slacker humor makes for a quick and entertaining read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gallagher HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 19, 2011
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This short story had a lot of potential, but overall it was just "okay." The author gets you going for the first half of the short story, then it seems like there is a hurry-up-and-finish drive to the end which left a lot of unanswered questions. I felt like I had wasted my five minutes reading this one.

As I type this review, this short story is free in the Amazon Kindle store - it might be worth a shot, and the pricing would certainly be right, and you might even enjoy it. However, if they do start charging for this one I would strongly recommend passing it up as there are way too many good short stories out there.
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By Paul W. on September 25, 2014
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Like many other reviewers here I feel the beginning started off well but it sadly disintegrated into a "tell-not-show piece" towards the end where the author's idea of the future was spurted out by an unlikely group with whom the main character found himself.

I liked the idea of the future was going to pan out...certainly interesting and gives food for thought, but the way it had come about was pretty lame, using specific and timely examples which drew far-fetched conclusions from mundane occurrences.

The solution to the demise of the new future had an interesting and original new angle. However, it was wildly unrealistic...not on a scientific level, but on a character basis - given the main character's personality, he would never have been able to pull it off.

Finally, the closing sentence suggests that there was a romantic element, but this had not been developed earlier in the story so it simply came over as a cheesy ending.

"Ending"?

In the version of the e-book I downloaded, there was a huge (about 30%) preview section for another of his novels. Ironic really, The Whatever Society put me off rather than developed any further interest. I can't help thinking that The Whatever Society is simply a short story to lead the reader into getting hold of another one. Short story...or advert?

Overall...3 stars for blandidty and some good ideas, but it loses anything more positive for the poor delivery towards the end.
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By morehumanthanhuman on June 3, 2013
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Humorous Sci Fi has got to be one of the hardest sub-genres to get right. Too often, authors have to choose to prioritize one side over the other, leading to imbalance. In this short story, Richer decides to come down on the humorous side and he chooses that side a few too many times than is good for the overall coherency of the story.

The main character is a slacker who is transported back in time after fiddling with a wire he found in the lab of his scientist brother. When he goes back in time, it was when the story really fell apart for me. He goes to the future, but it is a low-tech and dystopian place. Unfortunately, the author doesn't have much interest in exploring this world, preferring for the story to progress through a couple of pages of exposition and an overly pat resolution.

What's a shame about this story is that the author himself didn't seem that interested in the world that he was trying to create. Given that the rest of the download is given over to a preview of the author's novel, it left me wondering if the entire story was just an excuse to promote the work he was really passionate about.

This story has a few laughs and an interesting premise (one that is, however, pretty much abandoned at birth by the author). It is worth downloading for free, but I'd pass if asked to pay for it.
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