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- Publisher: Hocus Pocus & Co. (February 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 9, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NAXTB7R
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A Pizza My Heart (Pizzathology Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Secondly, this collection will make you crave pizza, so beware! I am not even that huge of a fan of pizza (shocked gasp, I know!), but I found myself subconsciously going to the fridge and grabbing a piece of my partner's leftover cheese pie halfway through this collection in the middle of the night. Once I realized what I was doing, I burst into laughter because (1) like I needed those extra calories at 2AM and (2) I would have usually chosen something else. This book has power.
Just as the description says, there is a good mixture of stories in this collection. There's something for everyone; something to satiate every appetite. You get a taste of horror, a mix of heartfelt tenderness, and some humor in there, too. I really enjoyed it.
"Fresh, Hot, and Deadly" by Rena Olsen
The pizzas Jane delivers pack a real punch, and she and her partner are charged to deliver them without question, but one particular delivery throws their morals into question.
-- This is a fun story and a great one to open the collection up with, I think. I particularly like the idea of two high schoolers who moonlight as "special" pizza guys/girls. It's so ridiculous but makes such an entertaining story.
"Between Slices" by Andy Grieser
Saba and Eddie, holed up in an abandoned pizza place in a post-apocalyptic world, remember what it was like before.
-- This story is beautifully sad. The description is so well written that you can taste and smell the pizza along with the characters, and you become ensnared in this desolate world they are in. I also really liked the relationship between Saba and Eddie. It was my favorite part of the story. It was so tender and sweet, and it made the story that much more touching. I liked this tale a whole lot. It was among my favorites in the collection.
"Kneadful Things" by Jenna Lehne
Left alone to manage a pizza joint, an employee starts getting creepy phone calls that lead to a harrowing experience.
-- Reminiscent of the "Babysitter and The Man Upstairs" urban legend, this story is familiar and creepy. But the ending is where it gets ya! I found it a little absurd, but I suppose that was the point.
"KissingDancingPizzaMurder" by Darci Cole
A high school murder mystery -- with pizza!
-- There's a lot packed into this short story. It was a fun read, but it wasn't my favorite. I suppose I felt like it needed to be longer to really do the story justice. But it was well-written and a good concept for a tale.
"A Slice of Adventure" by Maria Carvalho
What if your favorite pizza place was run by aliens?
-- This story cracked me up. I absolutely loved the idea behind this. Imagining those two kids, particularly the "I didn't mean to!" kid, just about made me bust a gut. This is a great story.
"Pizza On the Brain" by Emily Simon
Jackson delivers pizzas; it's hard and thankless, but sometimes he's thankful for it.
-- This is simply a simple human story, and we all know how much I love those. I love and appreciate stories that tell simple stories about everyday life and do it well, and this is one of those stories.
"Pizza Buddy: An Orchard Pointe Story" by Brian LeTendre
On her routine trip to pick up pizza, Kit meets a dog named Buddy and his vagabond friend.
-- Who doesn't love a good story with a dog in it? This tale definitely encourages you to read more about Orchard Pointe if you haven't already (I have but I still want more!). I am a fan of Brian LeTendre's writing, so I already knew I would enjoy this story. I hope these characters will appear in future Orchard Pointe stories.
"Survival Pizza" by Rebecca Waddell
Jackson scavenges to feed his family -- pizza being their salvation for a day.
-- This is a heartbreaking story. I wanted more of this story, honestly. I wanted to know what happened to their father and what was going to happen to them all in the future. Waddell writes beautifully, too. This was another among my favorites in this collection.
"The Last Stop at the End of the World" by Jamie Adams
A family on a planet about to implode share a final meal of, of course, pizza.
-- This is another heart-wrenching story. And it's actually pretty scary, too. The panic felt by the character comes across as real and palpable, and then so does the acceptance. It's actually somehow strangely beautiful.
"Where There's Pizza" by Jasmine Brown
Moose loves Pizza Fridays, but this one is going to be particularly eventful!
-- This is my favorite story. Perhaps it's because I'm a diehard dog lover, I don't know, but this story made me go, "Awww, oh my gosh!" when I finished it. I just adored it, and I had to give my pup, Throckmorton, a big ol' snuggle when it finished. It's a darling tale told from the perspective of Moose, a pit bull and his love for his master, pizza, and Portia, a female Great Dane. As a side note, I loved the information about dog-safe pizza and anti-pit bull hate in this story.
"The Pizza Guy" by Jessi Shakarian
Corey Vecchione, a lowly pizza delivery boy, gets a promotion.
-- The things we do for money, eh? When I read stories like this, I'm always just like, "How could someone make that decision?" I mean, I get it because I'm poor as hell. I rub two pennies together to stay warm, but I still don't get it. If you know what I mean? That being said, this is a really well put together story.
"Password Is..." by Jolene Haley
Rosaria breaks into her boyfriend's bedroom to hack into his computer and find out what he's been hiding, but she just might regret it.
-- This story is really scary! There are a couple lessons to be had here: (1) Don't let curiosity get the best of you, and (2) don't have such an easy password! I can't imagine being in Rosaria's position, and I'm not even talking about the very end.
"Pizzamergency" by Brett Jonas
A family of goat farmers has a busy night fueled by pizza.
-- This is a sweet story. Another simple human tale, and I really enjoyed it. I love little glimpses like this into the lives of folks so very different from my own, and it was neat to have it all brought full circle, making their lives just like the rest of ours with something as universal as a pizza pie. Very cool.
"Love Pizza No. 9" by Vanessa Rodriguez
Olivia thinks she's in love with Parker, so she and her co-worker, Leo, at the pizza place, cook up his grandmother's recipe for a "love dough" to capture his affections.
-- This story wasn't really for me. Not because it wasn't well-written; it is. The characters are great, and the story is well-fleshed out. It's simply a personal preference. Out of a collection of fifteen stories, not all of them are going to be hits, you know?
"Madame Miraval's Pizza Place" by Kelly deVos
This is an interactive, "choose your own adventure" story located online.
-- This was... interesting. I was just talking to my partner not too long ago about how much I missed "choose your own adventure" stories, so it was kind of cool to see something like this is still around and kicking just in a different capacity. I'm not sure how I felt about this, though, to be honest. I'm not sure if I remember these kinds of stories being more fun than they were or what, but I didn't enjoy this as much as I did when I was a kid. It's still a really cool concept, though, and I wish they would make a comeback.
If you love pizza and short stories, you should go and pick up this collection right this second. Give in to those cravings, y'all!
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Some of the stories were also sci-fi and while those weren't my favorite, they were still fun to read about. Some of the stories were also more heartbreaking like Survival Pizza which told the story of a young teenage boy having to dumpster dive for food in order to feed his three younger siblings. They live in the family car and with their father having gone missing, the oldest struggles to hold everything together. I also loved Where's The Pizza? which tells the story of a dog named Moose who loves his human boy and the pizza he brings home for him. It quickly turns into a suspenseful tale which I fully enjoyed.
The other stories are more contemporary or murder-mystery. Love Pizza No. 9 was a really sweet and fluffy short story that is honestly perfect for the whole Valentine's Day feeling. As for the murder-mystery ones, I wouldn't say it was a favorite out of the other stories but I did think that KissingDancingPizzaMURDER was the murder-mystery I liked better. It's not a creepy read so I think it would be perfect if you want a short story that won't keep you up at night but will also have you on the edge while reading it. Overall, I just loved this anthology and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who loves short stories! Or pizza. Always pizza.