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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  61 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Short
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published December 2010)
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Carl R.
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’d have done lot better with Cortright McMeel’s Short if the publishers had put the glossary and explanatory notes in the front instead of the back. Maybe it’s my bad, but I didn’t even know they were there till I’d finished, and it didn’t occur to me to check. Instead, I spent a lot of time baffled and angry over passages like this:

The strategy to bankrupt Andrews’s Cinergy hub position would be two-pronged.

One, the Ghost would enlist brokers, inform them of Andrews’s position, which they wo
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John Mattox, II
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In this his first novel, Cortright McMeel supplies readers with a cavalcade of the capitalist grotesque. He re-creates the fast-paced, gluttonous world of energy brokers and traders—how they plan to make riches with swaps, puts and other derivatives that add nothing to the productivity of the economy; how they hide trades in multiple accounts; how they wine and dine themselves and clients in upper-crust hedonist venues just to maintain thread-strong relationships; how they seek revenge and jeopa ...more
Rupert
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was anxiously awaiting this one, Cort being an old friend and a great customer/patron of my bookstore. Not to mention he co-edited the great Murdaland crime fiction anthology. It did not disappoint, although it was hard for me to read with beady eyes burning with envy. A full, groaning stable of unique, developed characters, all engaging in the abstract throat cutting grotesque world of "energy trading", a world Cort knows and describes well, but of which I still have little understanding othe ...more
Colleen
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
An indept look at the world of brokers and traders. More of a character study of the occupation, Short exposes the treachery of the modern stock market. Characters are self serving, overtly ambition, and conniving, a veritable Nero of political trading. Honestly, I would not have picked this book as a good read, I mostly enjoy historical fiction. But since the author is a former instuctor of mine and friend, I felt compelled to read it. Skimming over the technical jargon, I found myself thrust i ...more
Danny Feser
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is a very entertaining and smooth read; I say smooth because most of it is plainly written, and the only times I had to second guess the writing is when we readers are being educated in the business of energy trading - where the prose gets much more technically descriptive. So yes, aside from being a great story it is also informative.

I'd like to remember this book for it's colorful, human characters, and as a lesson about a profession of which, before I read this story, I had little
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Stevie
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, and enjoyed learning a bit more about energy trading. I think I would have liked the book more if it had focused a bit more on character development/private lives and a bit less on the technicalities of the trading business. I'm glad it included a glossary, but I think the book would have been more successful if McMeel would have translated a bit. Overall, a successful piece of fiction, though.
Mario
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Mario by: WSO
Short is analogous to Liars poker by Michael Lewis about Salomon Brothers trading desk in the 80's. A very easy read; on par with a 6th grade reading level. I was somewhat disappointed at the lack of character development and plot holes towards to the conclusion of the story. I found the actual story rather dense and lacking anything truly interesting. It's not a bad fictionalized account of the energy trading floors and the relationship between the traders/brokers, but nothing more than that.
Kerry Booth
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book more, knowing the author, but I just seemed to be lost most of the time about the characters and their motivation. It was, however, very clearly a complex book, and I was glad to have read it.
Rick
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: completed
Awfully ugly portrayal of energy traders & brokers. McMeel fails to humanize any of his characters.
Magnus Ver Magnusson
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Much better than I thought it would be. Gained momentum as it progressed...
Jane
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Energy trading desk (and traders) crazier than can be imagined.
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