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Abnormal Occurrences: Short Stories Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File Size : 2277 KB
- Publication Date : March 12, 2013
- Print Length : 209 pages
- Publisher : Open Road Media (March 12, 2013)
- ASIN : B00BI9VYY8
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #925,536 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mr. Berger is a master of language, and the stories chosen for this collection are uniformly excellent. Then there is the bonus material. What a pleasure it is to have some photographs other than those which have appeared on dust jackets over the last 55 years. Seeing Mr. Berger in the prime of life, clearly enjoying himself, was alone worth the price of the e-book.
"Planet of the Losers," one of my two favorite stories in this collection, describes the interaction between a man and an alien. The exchange between the two, coupled with the backstory of the main character's own issues, is deeply engaging. Little elements like having the main character teach the very human looking alien that legs (which he has) can bend are truly funny in this author's talented hands.
"Granted Wishes" is classic Thomas Berger and calls to mind his great novels "Changing the Past" and "Being Invisible"; two of my all time favorite books. The story is dark though comic and ends with a true sucker punch that will undoubtedly surprise.
So why only four stars? While I thoroughly enjoyed the great majority of the stories in this collection, there is a group of stories under the heading "Tales of the Animal Crime Squad" that I simply did not enjoy and actually wound up skimming just so I could move on to a better selection.