- File Size: 310 KB
- Print Length: 25 pages
- Publication Date: August 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MTW6QVO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,539,469 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Old Pops' Last Beer: A Noah City Short Story Kindle Edition
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The story is told by the bartender at Scoot's. She's just one of the folks and she tells her story just like she would be talking to any of the folks in the bar.
Although you get to know the bar patrons by her lively descriptions, the story isn't theirs or hers. The story is Pop's, an old barfly who tells his stories to anyone who will listen and he has a lot of stories to tell. Some of Pop's stories are overtly the product of his imagination, others may be true or partly true. But this night of story telling keeps both the bartender and the reader entertained, although the bartender would never admit that she is fond of the old duffer and his stories.
Old Pop's Last Beer is a story about common people that can be enjoyed by all people. It's a short, very enjoyable tale that you won't put down until the end. Highly recommended.
My one carp about this book is the three excerpts that follow the story. Although Fry says they will be coming soon, I don't think they have yet been published. Unfortunately, IMO, the last two excerpts aren't of the same quality as the main tale. The main story would have been better served if it had been allowed to stand alone.
(My personal guide for ratings are as follows: 5 stars, equal to any book of its genre, better than most; 4 stars, content that easily moves past a few formatting errors that do little or nothing to impact it, still highly recommended; 3 stars, technical errors or format choices impaired the flow of the book although I did enjoy the content. 2 stars, I struggled with the book due to either technical errors and/or a concept that was trite or underwritten. 1 star signifies a book that I abandoned before finishing due to structural errors in either plot or mechanics.)
A character (in every sense of the word)-driven story inhabited by a marvelous assortment of real-world bar patrons, chief of which is the enigmatic Pops, whose chief occupation is drinking Pabst and regaling all within earshot with absurd stories of his life.
A fascinating study of the human condition; a great read.