- File Size: 191 KB
- Print Length: 17 pages
- Publisher: JCP Books LLC (February 23, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 23, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BKVFHMS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Wood: A PsyCop Short Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Victor Bayne as assistant handyman to Jacob Marks is worth any price. Jordan’s short story is filled with the humor and ignites heat that only Vic and Jacob manage to generate while putting together ordinary shelves from Vic’s favorite store.
The PsyCop shorts are fun and often touching. These gems explore nuanced aspects of the main characters’ personalities that are not necessarily appropriate to the plot of a longer story.
Now with regard to longer stories versus short stories and dollar value, this happens to be a complaint that I find particularly galling as well as irritating. Writing is a craft as well as a profession. A short story absolutely has value and it isn’t fair for anyone to expect an author to give shorts away. The five important elements in a short story are: character, setting, plot, conflict and theme. If an author has managed to write a short that contains all these elements, then he or she has written a complete story and deserves compensation and dare I say applause because short stories are notoriously difficult to write.
I work in a profession that bills its clients – a five minute phone call is going to be charged in increments of 15 minutes. We are professionals and our time is worth money. Authors too deserve to be compensated for the work they have produced. If you do not enjoy short stories, then simply do not buy one; however, it is terribly unfair to criticize an author’s work simply because you are unwilling to pay for it.
Have you ever had that feeling after reading a novel that you miss the characters? This story is like having lunch with an old friend, and that's exactly what I did. It was the just the right size to keep me company over lunch. The story itself is a perfect bite into a few hours of Vic and Jacob's life. There is humor and caring and great sexual tension all in a compact morsel. It's amazing how she does that, and oh so satisfying. Who would have thought something as mundane as furniture could be so sexy?
In this short story of only 3 scenes and about 17 pages, we find that Jacob's Uncle Leon, whom we met in "Body and Soul," needs to assemble some bookcases. But Uncle Leon has only one arm, which makes the whole tool in one hand and shelving part in the other a tad difficult to accomplish.
And it doesn't matter that the ghost of Uncle Leon's lost arm is always there. It may be able to wave, shoot you the finger, and give you an incorporeal high-five, but it can't grip a screwdriver or hold a shelf. Hence, Vic and Jacob have come to help.
Once they unpack the shelving and Uncle Leon starts reading the directions out loud to Vic and Jacob, the real fun of the story begins. The directions come across as double entendres and they will have you in stitches because you can't tell if Uncle Leon is being serious or tongue-in-cheek when he reads them. And, of course, one thing leads to another!
You will probably finish the story in 15 minutes or less, but this short snapshot into Vic and Jacob's current emotional state, without any villains around, is quite refreshing - and well written.
Totally worth the price of admission!