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Praise for "Two Scoops" Is Just Right:
  • 5 Stars... A choice pick for short fiction fans. ~ Midwest Book Reviews.
  • Really funny... If you want a good laugh (and who doesn't) you MUST pick this book up. MUST. ~ The Book Journal
  • A fun read... If you want a good laugh buy this book, read this book, then buy one for a friend. ~ Barbara Kent, Success Books
  • Who knew an economist could have a sense of humour? ~ PaulTheBookGuy Podcast

 Praise for "Three Scoops" Is A Blast!
  • "Just like your first book, this is a hit. Everyone should grab a copy!"
  • "Alex Carrick has surpassed himself and brought back the charm of the perfect short story. You will not be disappointed."

About the Author

In July 2010, Alex Carrick's "The Size of the Skip" received an honorable mention in the prestigious and world-wide Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition (based in Key West, Florida). For the second year in a row, he was short-listed in 2011 for "Caboose Follies". But this is getting ahead of ourselves.

Alex carried out his undergraduate work at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), then received an M.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto (U of T). He also completed the first year towards a Doctorate while living at U of T's Massey College.

The pull of the job market was too strong and Alex went to work for the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) in 1972. The CISC is a trade association representing structural steel fabricators in Canada. Mr. Carrick eventually became the Secretary-Treasurer as well as the Economist for the CISC.

Since 1985, Alex has held the position of Chief Economist/Editor with CanaData, a division of Reed Construction Data (RCD), where he has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the Canadian construction industry. He is often quoted in the media and has delivered presentations throughout North America on the Canadian, United States and world construction outlooks.

Many of Alex's award-winning short stories have been compiled in the Scoops series of books as well as the Ten Tales series. The former is comprised of "Two Scoops" Is Just Right, "Three Scoops" Is A Blast! and "Four Scoops" Is Over The Top. The latter has seven titles (i.e., too numerous to mention here) and all of the books are set out on the Carrick Publishing website.

Alex is married with three children, plus a lazy dog and crazy cat that round out the household. Much of the family's life revolves around the cottage on Georgian Bay. He resides in Toronto. His wonderful wife Donna is a well-known author in the crime and intrigue fields.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452862559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452862552
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,966,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Barbara Kent on October 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Three Scoops is a Blast really is just that - a blast - especially if you have a penchant for O'Henry type stories. In this collection of 36 original short stories, Alex Carrick has surpassed himself and brought back the charm of the perfect short story.

There are so many gems in this book. Without spoiling any of it, let me just say I loved the twist that occurred in the "Madame Lazona Defense" as well as those in "The Weatherman, The Economist and the Gypsy Lady". In "I Got Robbed by a Liquor Store" I was literally convulsed with laughter as I could see myself (and you will too) in the author's shoes. Having done some public speaking, I found I could relate to "So You Think You Know Flop Sweat".

Buy this book, carry it with you and read it when you have little bytes of time. You will not be disappointed.

Barbara Kent, author Success in the Words of the Masters
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This collection of short stories is as delightful as 3 scoops of ice cream with sprinkles on top. Author Alex Carrick writes with a modern O'Henry sense of irony, and has a talent for using just the right amount of bait to hook the reader. Each story has hidden humor, an unexpected twist, a moral, or all of the above. The only fault I find is that just as I was becoming attached to the story, it would end.

A great book for those times when you need a bite of good literature to tide you over until the next meal.
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This is such a great book. The stories are short, but very enjoyable. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions. They are as easy-to-read as they are entertaining and this would be a great book to read on the subway or while waiting for your airplane. You can read it in short bursts or all at once.
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I took Alex's THREE SCOOPS IS A BLAST on my Panama vacation. What a perfect read! Short stories that fit nicely between daiquiris and dips in the Pacific, between snoozes and munching, between deep-thinking and silly imaginings.

While THREE SCOOPS is entertaining, not all stories are humorous. And even those that are, generally offer some redeeming social comment--i.e. something you can ponder after the story is done (if you're in the mood for pondering.)

Some stories put a smile on my face, some a frown, and some I set aside with a "Huh?" (Those may have been the ones I read after I'd downed a buba jug of margaritas.)

Great collection, Alex.
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It's more fun to jump to the heart of the matter. "Three Scoops is a Blast!" is the follow up to Alex Carrick's previous volume 'Two Scoops are Just Right', containing many more short stories with an values and thoughts on many subjects. "Three Scoops is a Blast!" is a fine read, and a solidly recommended one for any short fiction fan.
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