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DeBarrie's Stationery Store needed help again. Somehow, the part-time people never worked out. It was a problem. One after another, the part-time people came and went, and sometimes, nobody ever found out what happened to them. The newest one seemed even more hopeless than usual. His job application announced "there's a man who follows me around and ruins everything I try ...more
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Published by Smashwords, Inc. (first published November 25th 2009)
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PurplyCookie
Jul 12, 2012 PurplyCookie rated it did not like it
Shelves: short-stories, e-book
This is a very odd short story that doesn't evoke much emotion beyond mild curiosity and confusion. The characters were peculiar and often inconsistent. You never truly understand any of them. The plot just seemed a little too obscure to grasp. The story suffers from numerous problems with both punctuation and grammar, and the plot seemed inconsistent, with oddly developed characters and an abrupt, disjointed ending.

I enjoyed it although I felt there were many parts that were missed. I felt like
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K.R. Bankston
Jun 20, 2011 K.R. Bankston rated it it was ok
First of all, this was a short story and I really am iffy about them, but reading the synopsis decided to give it a shot. Needless to say I was completely disappointed not only with the length of the story, but the lack of depth it held. It was just one big mindless plot of strange people, with crazy issues, and no real basis as to why or resolution about what happens with them or too them. The writing itself was good, the author has talent and honestly if this was an intro to his work, it was a ...more
Emily
May 23, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been months since I finished this book and I keep thinking back to it. I hope the author re-vists this story. With just a bit of polishing this would be spectacular.
It kind of felt like just a start... or a second draft...
The characters are interesting, but need development, and the plot was going somewhere, but the end happened to quickly.
I recommend this to anyone looking for a quirky story that will make them think.
Teresa Crawford
Jan 07, 2012 Teresa Crawford rated it liked it
This is a short story about what seems like real people just working in a small shop. It makes you think that you never know who you are hiring, that there are just as many odd people that there are "normal" people in the world, it's just the luck of the draw. It gave me a good chuckle at the end.
Kimberly
Apr 24, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was ok
Did not see this ending coming!

The entire short story seemed almost boring and pointless, besides a few strange characters. It wasn't until the last 10 pages or so (this is a 57 pages story) when it twisted in such a way that I didn't even see it coming.

Maybe not worth the time, but then it isn't too long of a story.
Kate
Mar 25, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: freeebooks
I enjoyed this story. The characters were very human and believable. Having worked part time in retail I know just how insane things can be. David is an interesting character and it took me a little while to warm up to him, but I really enjoyed the end.
Kelly Boylan
Feb 23, 2012 Kelly Boylan rated it it was ok
Yes, I know this was meant to be just a short story, but even so. It was fine as far as it went, but it could have been so much better with a little more character development and storyline. Great idea for a book, it just didn't go far enough.
Christina
Jun 06, 2011 Christina rated it liked it
Great book about a stationary store and how it seem people that come to work there part time never say. They work there for a spell and then it seems the time comes and they just leave. It really was just a short story at only 125 pages.

Midu Hadi
Nov 09, 2012 Midu Hadi rated it it was ok
What David wrote in his application was by far the most interesting thing in this story and I would have loved it, if the author had went on with that.
We are never told what becomes of Gwen and I would have liked to know where she ended up.
Not one of the author's best.
P.A.
Jan 07, 2012 P.A. rated it it was ok
Would make a good book with more character development. Also would make a good story for a magazine but this is not a novel, it is only a short story.
James
Jun 16, 2011 James rated it it was ok
Starts out a little boring, but has an interseting twist at the end. All in all it was quick read, and as it was free for kindle worth the read.
MsBDiamondDiva1
Aug 03, 2012 MsBDiamondDiva1 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trash-books
This was an utterly, poorly written piece of work; better yet...you can't even call it a story: 0 It was merely the ramblings of a mad man!!! Nothing made sense in this piece!!!
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An odd little tale.
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I've written a lot of stories, and one thing I've learned is that stories have a life. They want to be read, and they're brought to life by readers. Readers give them meaning, give them substance and fulfill their destinies. Stories aren't picky about who reads them. They welcome everyone. Money means nothing to them - they don't care how much the reader paid and they equally don't care how much ...more
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