I found this to be a funny, very quirky short story. I enjoyed how the main character described the various people in her life by the sorts of resume paper and font choices they used, and I thought the story idea was rather clever.
My one complaint, if you can call it a complaint, is that this is rather short. I wish the story was at least twice its length, because the implications the story lays out could easily be further explored. I think the brevity of the story made it a little harder to understand exactly what happened at the end.
Beyond this one quibble, if you like strange, funny short stories, this is worth a read.
OK...first I have to say...CL...you are truly bent, brother man.
Secondly...if you are American, you will have some difficulty with the slang that is the norm for UK. This is British humor and that may pose a little challenge (not like Benny Hill or Monty Python). You can get past it though and appreciate the story. The story is set around the most anally retentive character...and baits her with something she just cannot let go. Her pursuit of "the answer" nearly drives her batty...which is what the story is about.
Good solid writing, lots of fun and excellent observations about paper, typefaces and first impressions. C.L. Smith writes with happy authority. Given a careful read you will enjoy his work almost as much as he enjoyed writing it. I am looking to see a lot more from this fellow - like maybe No.s 1 - 18?
I loved this little story about a woman named Melissa. C.L. Smith writes with wit and flair, and I chuckled several times throughout the tale. I'm intrigued that this is number 19, and yet there don't seem to be any other stories. Hint to the author! ;)
I read this book in about one hour and it was not like anything I've read before. It's one of those rare without genre books, you can't quite place it in as a comedy or as a drama, it is something of both. The atmosphere was so vivid I actually felt I was among the gossiping women at more than one point in the book. It was also life like in the way that I know women really act and speak like this. There were some wonderful laugh out loud moments too. I think the story is layered and I will probably read it again at some point to gain a greater understanding.
I really enjoyed this read. This is the first I've read of the author's work, but I can see myself reading more when released. Quick read and I wished that it was longer, but still had good amounts of humour and mystery to keep my attention. I've never really taken the time to review anything, but I really hope to entice the author to write another like this. Enjoyable.
I really enjoyed this fun story about a workaday world gone awry. The author devised a clever and unique way of establishing character traits, but this is often eclipsed by the even more hilarious physical descriptions. Quirky, fun, and relatable, I recommend this story for a good chuckle.
Fun, well-written, with an intriguing mystery...proof that short stories make for satisfying reading.
HR employee, Melissa, rises for a normal day that turns anything-but when she receives an anonymous letter declaring a National Sick Day in England. Who wrote the letter? Will anyone take heed and follow?
The ending may surprise you, but it won't disappoint.
I read this story in a single sitting on a Saturday afternoon and enjoyed it very much. Entertaining, great characters, at times funny...in all, everything a short story should be. Worth purchasing and very deserving of a four-star rating. (I save my 5-stars for the rare and mind-blowing!)
This is a great short story filled with quirky characters and a great mix of drama and humour. Ever wanted to learn more about paper? Typefaces? What women like Melissa *really* think? Then this is the e-book for you -- a good yarn that you can gobble up in no time.