Monday, August 30, 2010

Book Review: To Cut A Long Story Short

After reading Jeffrey Archer's most recent short-story book, I began to wonder if I might have missed one. As I perused this book at the library, it seemed to be fresh fodder, so I checked it out.

It wasn't until I came to a brief story called, "The Letter," that I remembered having read the book previously. Thankfully, though, that was the only story I remembered very clearly. All of the rest of them felt fresh and uncharted. I think my favorites were "A Change of Heart," and "The Grass is Always Greener," because they offered such fine examples of shifting perspectives.

It was really the perfect book for when I sit in the pick-up lane, waiting for Trevor to be released from kindergarten. I'm even learning to block out the noise of little brother in the back seat. I ask him to keep his eyes peeled for Trevor and let me know when the kids begin filing out of the building. Somehow short story books seem perfect for snippets of time. Of course, Jeffrey Archer's short story books are perfect ... in any setting.


cardiogirl said...

Talk about a snob. I love Jeffrey Archer (you actually introduced me to him, did you know that?) but I'm spoiled and I don't want to read a short story when I know there are novels out there. But, I've read most of them.

Wendy said...

CG - So, since I introduced you to Archer, you've already read most of his novels???? Can I use you as a reference on my librarian job application? I'm increasing the reading stats somewhere, right?

cardiogirl said...

Sure! You're definitely increasing reading stats in Motown.

When I find a new author I like, I tend to focus only on that person and read everything that the library has.