Simon Wood is more of a roller coaster operator than a writer--fast-paced, twisty-turny tales populate his thrilling new collection, Asking for Trouble. It's cool to see his kind of style in short form, proving that you don't need a full-length novel to create engaging suspense.
Wood specializes in average-guy-gets-into a-bunch-of-shit stories. I found it fun trying to guess how the main character is going to get it--or weather they'll escape in the end. And though the stories are almost universally dark, Wood sprinkles in a bit of hope here and there.
My favorite story in here (which is also my favorite story in the Akashic anthology, Seattle Noir) is The Taskmasters. It starts with Matt getting into a bar brawl, something he apparently does with some regularity. When a stranger pulls Matt aside and tells him about an organization that could help him get his life together, Matt's quite skeptical. I don't want to give too much away here, but Matt soon discovers that the stranger's intentions aren't exactly pure. What I really liked about this one is how Wood turns the whole motivational, self-help industry on its head.
For only 99 cents at Amazon you get 10 excellent stories plus excerpts from two of Wood's novels.
Cool. Thanks for the tip, buddy. So many great short story writers out there today I'm like a pig in slop. Oink!ReplyDelete
Seriously it's scary how many excellent short fiction writers there are out there.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed this collection, too. I loved the one about the guy who just wants to be rid of his in-laws.ReplyDelete
Oh good call, Naomi. That one had a hilarious twist.ReplyDelete
Thanks Chris for mentioning Asking for Trouble.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you and Naomi liked the book a lot. The stories you mention are both based (slightly) on real events...so don't laugh too much.
The book has done really well so far. It's outsold my previous collections by a mile. It's spurred me on to put together a new one.
I'll send you ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS, GUN as soon as it's done. :-)
Fantastic. Love that title.ReplyDelete
Me too. :-)ReplyDelete
Oh, and don't forget to leave a review on Amazon or B&N or somewhere. Every bit helps.ReplyDelete