Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Arsenic Soup For Lovers by Georgia Z. Post

Arsenic Soup For Lovers: When Chicken Soup Doesn't Work Very Very Very Short Stories for Very Very Very Busy People is a collection of just that, stories that are 2-4 pages long!

These are clever stories always with some sort of twist at the ending. Be it sweet, hilarious or evil! Personally I liked the sweet stories, people confessing their love to each other or role playing spouses. Some of the plotting cheating spouses stories were rather funny too. I always looked forward to the ending of each story and I didn't have to wait very long to get to it, a matter of minutes! I guess my only problem with this collection was in several cases the endings didn't make sense to me, they left me puzzled.

This would have been a great book for my bus rides but I actually read this over the weekend so it didn't happen for me. The subtitle of this book is very true, anyone can make time for a little reading with this book! Over the weekend I watched the movie, Married Life which I think was a great pairing with this book because of the plot of the movie and the plot of several of these stories.

At 62 pages this may have been the shortest book I have ever read. What's the shortest book you have read?

3/5 Stars
Review copy provided by author

10 comments:

  1. Have you heard of Flash Fiction and Sudden Fiction? Those are some very very very short stories (some are only 1 sentence!) that are really cool (we have 2 volumes of each). Daniel loves stories like this so I'll have to get him this - thanks for the tip.

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  2. This sounds like good reading for my lunch break.

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  3. Lol. That title is messed up! I've never read a book that short before (besides children's books of course)! Maybe a 150 pages or so is that shortest I've ever read before.

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  4. My review of it will be up b morning....can't say I was as positive.

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  5. I agree. That is super short. You might have me beat there...lol!

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  6. lenore- I know I've heard of Flash Fiction, not sure if I know about Sudden Fiction. Will have to look up! I definitely think they sound awesome!

    charley- It's perfect for short spans of reading time!

    ladytink_534- The title is sort of strange haha but it works.

    caite- I looked back in my archives and found a few unfavorable reviews of my own, had almost forgotten about them!

    j. kaye- LOL! I think i picked it up right away because it was so short! Could read it in the blink of an eye!

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  7. I received this one as well. It'll probably be the shortest book I've read. I've heard good things about it, so hopefully I'll get a chance to read it soon. I'm going to bring it on the train with me...I'm sure I'll finish it on the morning commute!

    --Anna
    http://diaryofaneccentric.blogspot.com

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  8. I've also reviewed this one on my blog.

    Stories are cute but they get repetitive. If she had varied the themes a little, I would have enjoyed it more.

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  9. Anna- I love reading on the bus! It makes time fly!

    Lisa- I agree about the repetition. I think if the book was much longer I would have gotten sick of it.

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