The first features Larry, one of those guys who just can't seem to get abreak. Struggling from day-to-day to make a living and to be liked, heis luckless when it comes to staying out of Vic's way, a notorious bully and gamester. Vic could be the devil's worst enemy, stopping atnothing to get what he wants and to demean others. When the money godsbless Larry with a winning lottery ticket, he decides to get even. Buthis plan backfires and Larry finds himself in an even worse situationthan before. But the end of the story is hopeful, and not only isLarry's dignity ultimately restored, but he gets the girl and a lifeliterally worth millions.
Morty and Chris are scientific partners in Who Took My Pentachoron, always on the verge of a major discoveryand always broke. Chris has become weary of being the brunt of jokesand a burden as a husband. After several years of struggling to make abreakthrough, they create an instrument, the Pentachoron, designed tomake it possible to go back in time. When a series of mishaps causesMorty to end up dead, Chris becomes the fall guy, thus proving all along that he is the loser that everyone thought him to be.
Bad luckis the running theme for many of the characters in Schultz's stories,but his writing is dead-pan funny, infused with tinges of humanity sureto leave any reader anxious to read more.
Reviewed by Ivy Pittman for IndieReader