Short Pours: The Stan Chronicles Paperback – April 8, 2017
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- Conan O'Brien
"Stan! I want to hang out with this guy. His world is so rich, gritty and splendidly funny. I just couldn't get enough. Hammond is an amazing story teller."
- Peter Sagal, Host of NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me
About the Author
- Publisher : Davenator Press (April 8, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 250 pages
- ISBN-10 : 069286315X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0692863152
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.57 x 9 inches
- Customer Reviews:
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I love a character with a voice. Stan has a strong voice, and Hammond uses it to throw his character into high relief against the low brow backdrop in which he ekes out his existence.
Stan is backed up by a cast of unlikely and almost lovable semi-recurring characters. These people get to be like old friends: too real not to like, too quirky to be made up. After a few stories, when Stan walks into the bar, you’ll be asking Sal for “the usual.”
The context is much different from Hammond's earlier book, From Here To Paris - Get laid off. Buy a barge in France. Take it to Paris , but it's the same off-the-wall humor that kept you turning those pages.
Okay, so this is the word of a friend of the author. The sample text is a good representation of the rest of the book. You’ll see what I mean.
You can drink all these stories one after another if you like, but be careful with your Stan intake. This reviewer suggests Short Pours.
I loved the writing, like this description of a femme fatale: "Her legs disappeared into a skirt that was a lot tighter than it was long." Or the discussion among Stan and his pals as to whether it was the mime that started a fight: "You think it was something he said?"
If you enjoy funny, engaging stores that pull you in and make you want to keep reading, this is the book for you.
Really fine writing. Really funny stories. Really leaves you thinking about surviving in a sometimes hard world.
And then there are those last couple of tales that take you, unexpectedly, into a different realm.
I look forward to a lot more from this writer.
If you've ever been in that state of mind -- usually a few hours before you wake up someplace you already want to forget -- it's downright comforting to follow Stan as he meanders between the flagrantly fragrant Hotel Royal and the no-frills Mariano's Bar, encountering a whacked-out West Coast bomber crew of drunk and disorderlies along the way. Just plain fun... and definitely worth another round of bourbon. (Sequel please...)