A Modern Life: sweet and salty short stories Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00J876WVM
- Publisher : Sweet and Salty Books; First edition (March 24, 2014)
- Publication date : March 24, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2588 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 151 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0992875439
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,817,066 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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All stories conclude with an odd twist. You may think that pork chops have nothing to do with promiscuity. You would be mistaken. Turley leaps from the gate here with a tale of lesbian lust, father/daughter estrangement and office politics. And stapled testicles. Judith triumphs in the end, and why would she not? Love does conquer all. We move through the stories, with more office hi-jinks including a `floater,' which enlivens things, car-park nudity, a gravedigger's delight at finally seducing his favorite...nun? A husband/wife homicide plot, bathtub suicide (my favorite story) and several that were, quite frankly, difficult to pry open, for me at least. In the Changing Room, we are given Chapter One, but nothing else. (?)
The tales run the gamut, from the truly raunchy, to the ho-hum to the predictable. Some of the Britishisms truly did take me to Google: Thermals? Tights? Knickers? Shorts and plimsolls? In any case, this reader assumes that Turley's audience is not primarily American, despite American conceits that we're the only readers out there, so keep writing those Janerisms!
The stories are written very well, though some could do with a bit more intrigue. For example, in White Lies, Mr. Baxter is perhaps a bit too monstrous to make his rapid change to white knight. Some are a bit cutesy, such as the recently defrosted Mr. Disney's demand to know `how's my Pooh?' Hospital workers, of course, misunderstand, hearing `poo,' instead.
Overall, a cute, rambling, imaginative collection of stories with almost nothing connecting them, except for Turley's spicy and irreverent humour (note spelling). If you enjoyed Fawlty Towers, Boiling a Frog, Jeeves or anything with Drew Carey in it, you'll enjoy these sweet and salty offerings. Don't bring a nappy along; bring a serviette. And don't get your plimsolls in a twist.
Byron Edgington, author of The Sky Behind Me: A Memoir of Flying & Life
I had no problem understanding the use of the English English used in this book, and it was a pleasant change from books written in US English. And having been raised on British television shows, like most Australian's in my age-bracket, I connected with most of the humour.
Not every story was my cup of tea, and the pace was faster than what I am accustomed to. However, I still enjoyed reading them all, as Jane is a competent writer, able to tell a diverse range of stories. And this collection is diverse, taking the reader from a village graveyard to busy city streets. Characters include a naughty nun and a defrosted Disney, and plots range from car-park rendezvous to a bathtub suicide.
If your looking for a well written, professionally produced collection of short stories, then this book will fit your reading needs. I like to support new writers, especially those that show promise, so I'm looking forward to the release of Jane's first novel.
The ‘sweet’ tales are filled with wit, humour and originality. The ‘salty’ tales are generally dark in nature.
For me, the shorter stories were actually the best ones. The story that made the collection for me is the dark tale of The Princess and the Thief – it’s short, but it packs a shocking punch. No Returns makes for equally tough reading.
Overall, as with most short story collections, there is a mixture in terms of the quality of the stories. But the quality of the writing doesn’t waver – it’s great throughout. Well worth a read.
*I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
All round, a very interesting read. I love the crisp and confident cover and title too, accurately indicative of the intelligent, sharp writing within.
The 'salty' ones were a complete surprise. I found some of them quite dark; a bit of a shock after the laughs in the first part! I ended up reading most of them twice after being bought up short on the first reading. Surprising but very enjoyable, nonetheless.
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Can't wait to read the rest of these stories, pleased I found this author.