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Fiction. SUCCESS: STORIES is the 2008 winner of the Washington Writers' Publishing House fiction prize. These stories probe the lives of people caught in an increasingly intertwined world, close to home and abroad. Exploring a human calculus of love, betrayal, and fantasy, this moving collection makes those dramas vivid. "Gritty dialogue, lean prose, layered plotting, and ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published October 15th 2008 by Washington Writers' Publishing House
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Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Success:Stories" is a collection of 14 short stories with settings as diverse as Laurel Park racetrack in the early 1970's and a futuristic Bangkok where protocol is apparently everything. The stories vary in length from 4 pages to 28, but each story unfolds at its own pace. The characters wrestle with affairs, superstitions, love and survival. The writing is beautiful and you find yourself vividly watching the characters act out the dramas that Taylor has scripted.

Judging by the title, you pro
Theresa Feeser
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I received Success:Stories as a Goodreads Giveaway.

Short stories ask us to jump into a time or event in a person's life and take a peek and then move on. We often come away wanting to know more but not given the opportunity. How often this mimics life as people come in and out of our lives and impact us more or less. The stories in this book were like this. Some moved me to tears and others left me still a stranger. The writing is superb and the stories unusually diverse. Overall I felt despair
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received Success: Stories as a Goodreads first reads giveaway.

Success: Stories is a great collection of short stories. I thought they were all good, and there were some real gems. I particularly enjoyed Bottle, Counterfeit and Saigon Haircut.

David A. Taylor is one of those writers who is able to make you feel that you are with the people he is writing about. The steamy heat of Bangkok in Errand, and a bus ride from hell in Counterfeit come through very strongly.

My reviewing skills can't do th
Bea Lynch
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
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I received this book from a Good Reads giveaway.

While the stories are beautifully written, I was frustrated that the characters change with every story. I did, however, enjoy the stories, and I found the characters to be relatively relatable. I would have given this more stars if I didn't have to learn new names, new characters, and figure out the stories every 20 or so pages.

This book would be loved by anyone who enjoys short stories.
May 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Read this for a book prize review... here's what I thought:

Taylor's stories grab you with their extreme attention to detail, and transport you to the place and time where the story takes place. His journalist's eye takes note of the colors, smells, voices, and feelings in a scene and re-paints them vividly so that you can feel the dirty, damp heat of a busy Bangkok street or the stinging, bracing plunge into a cold night ocean. He writes with sharp, lean prose and treats subjects that are at onc
I received a promotional copy through the First Reads program.

I'm torn on what to rate this. Probably 3 1/2 or 4.

There's plenty of variety here, with stories set in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Scotland, Texas, Massachusetts, Maryland, etc. Characters include government functionaries, clinical trial drug testers, Muslim villagers, and a deaf locksmith.

As others have mentioned, Taylor is skilled at dropping a reader into his stories. His characters seem real; their situations believable for the most par
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.
When I saw I had won this book I was very excited because it sounded very interesting. It was interesting but it didn't meet my expectations. The main thing that bothered me was this book is titled Success, but to me none of these stories were successful, they were all actually rather depressing. Luckily, each story was written extremely well and they were detailed to perfection. The author made it ea
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I won this through a Goodreads Giveaway. I found it OK. It's a collection of 14 short stories, exploring the lives of different types of people, their hopes and dreams and the realities of their daily lives. The stories are well-written. But there's a certain sense of hopelessness to everything. The characters all seem to be miserable people. Even the few bits of happiness that do show up come across as fleeting and illusory. Humour is all bitter and forced. It comes across as saying that life i ...more
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
"Success" by David A. Taylor is a collection of 14 short stories. The stories are set in different parts of the world and the characters are culturally diverse. The stories are rich in descriptiveness and are very realistic. An enjoyable read!

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you.
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway
I found the writing to be excellent but the stories seemed to flat line. I found myself rather confused at the end of most of the stories. I wouldn't recommend this book but I would give the author another try.
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