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Scouting for the Reaper av Jacob M Appel
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Scouting for the Reaper (utgåvan 2014)

av Jacob M Appel (Författare)

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Fiction. Named one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Fiction Books of 2014. Each of the characters in SCOUTING FOR THE REAPER faces an unanticipated challenge: transporting a truckload of penguins across the country, arranging a proper Jewish burial for the remains of Gregor Samsa, and selling tombstones dressed as a Girl Scout. These stories explore the domestic and professional adventures of people in over their heads, while leavening their struggles with humor. "Jacob Appel's stories echo with secrets. There are the secrets we keep from those closest to us, of course. Our parents, our doctors, our clergy, our ex-wives and unrequited loves. Any run of the mill story has those. Good stories traffic in the kind of secrets we keep from ourselves. Why, for instance, what and who we love are so close in content and character to what we can't abide. Appel's that kind of trafficker. Even better, throughout this fine collection, he is most concerned with still another kind of secret: that which, when revealed, doesn't solve anything. Like the very best stories, they carry the mystery forward. Revelation, in the end, isn't an end at all. It's a beginning. SCOUTING FOR THE REAPER is full of such revelations. Here's hoping it signals the beginning of a long string of books penned by this talented polymath."—TJ Beitelman… (mer)
Medlem:tenamouse67
Titel:Scouting for the Reaper
Författare:Jacob M Appel (Författare)
Info:Black Lawrence Press (2014), 194 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:goodread-wins

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As always, I enjoyed another book by Jacob M. Appel. My favorite stories were: Rods and Cones and Ad Valorem. I also enjoyed Scouting for the Reaper, The Extinction of Fairy Tales, Hazardous Cargoes, Creve Coeur and The Vermin Episode. I didn't care for Choose Your Own Genetics.

Mr. Appel is a an extremely talented writer. Here are two examples, each one from my top two favorite stories. From Rods and Cones: "So everyone has secrets. Badges of shame they carry around under heavy clothing."

From Ad Valorem: "The older Starlings had died, one after the other, within weeks of each other. "His-and-hers" aneurysms, just like matching monogrammed towels. " ( )
  PrettyTarantula | Dec 12, 2020 |
From the forceful and inventive cover, Jacob Appel builds powerful love stories with a strong base in material objects.

"Genetics" sets an early pattern of outlier kids narrating and keeping secrets. Smooth and quietly revealing dialogue
takes readers on through "Creve Coeur" and "Scouting," all three stories encompassing the strength of broad-shouldered fathers who
stonily stay in love vs jealous and often demanding mothers.

"Ad Valorem" slowed things down, with "Rods and Cones" proving that a modern author can write a fine animal tale
without abuse or the animal dying!

"Extinction" offers an imaginative take on race and friendship while having readers racing toward a happy (?) ending.

"Hazardous Cargo" offers up a delightfully improbable "father/daughter" travelogue.

Jacob Appel's book concludes with a brilliant and memorable tale, "The Vermin Episode," ( )
  m.belljackson | May 3, 2020 |
Scouting For The Reaper (2014) by Jacob M. Appel. I’ve read a few other books by this same author and have found those to be very interesting, funny, unusual and captivating. SCOUTING is no different. This collection of eight tales kept me wanting more.
Who would have thought that transporting a collection of penguins and a stowaway would be so much fun. Blind rabbits are not usually a thing I want to read about but Dr. Appel (Yes, this talented writer is a Doctor by trade) has made the situation so interesting I couldn’t stop myself. Be it genetics or Girl Scouts selling tombstones, these stories offer a rich collection of well defined characters interacting within the bounds of the most unusual of situations.
Recommended for all ages and sensibilities, Scouting For The Reaper is a winner.
You might also want to try his other books. Each new effort seems to be better than the last. ( )
  TomDonaghey | Mar 7, 2020 |
This book is so good with different short stories within it. This author is really good at writing short stories and I have gotten a couple of his books each one better than the one before it. All the stories within the book are really good and keep you interested. ( )
  gerardo1582 | Oct 25, 2019 |
I truly cannot remember the last time I have read a book with a set of short stories, I like short stories since they keep my attention, but I was unsure about Scouting the Reaper. Not a huge fan of the name of the book and I could not make sense of the cover art. Well, once you read the stories, the art makes sense. The book consists of eight short stories. I enjoyed most of them (really enjoyed the one about the truck driver and his load of penguins), a few left me just were not my cup of tea. What I enjoyed was just wondering where Jacob M. Appel got all these different ideas. Each story stood alone. Overall I enjoyed the book and it was a quick read. ( )
  katieandthekids | Oct 13, 2019 |
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Fiction. Named one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Fiction Books of 2014. Each of the characters in SCOUTING FOR THE REAPER faces an unanticipated challenge: transporting a truckload of penguins across the country, arranging a proper Jewish burial for the remains of Gregor Samsa, and selling tombstones dressed as a Girl Scout. These stories explore the domestic and professional adventures of people in over their heads, while leavening their struggles with humor. "Jacob Appel's stories echo with secrets. There are the secrets we keep from those closest to us, of course. Our parents, our doctors, our clergy, our ex-wives and unrequited loves. Any run of the mill story has those. Good stories traffic in the kind of secrets we keep from ourselves. Why, for instance, what and who we love are so close in content and character to what we can't abide. Appel's that kind of trafficker. Even better, throughout this fine collection, he is most concerned with still another kind of secret: that which, when revealed, doesn't solve anything. Like the very best stories, they carry the mystery forward. Revelation, in the end, isn't an end at all. It's a beginning. SCOUTING FOR THE REAPER is full of such revelations. Here's hoping it signals the beginning of a long string of books penned by this talented polymath."—TJ Beitelman

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