Breezed Through This Collection
4.5 out of 5 stars
I went into this one pretty blind knowing nothing about the author or the narrator. Though I know Crossroad Press pretty well as they publish some of my favorite authors like C.T. Phipps. So not completely blind.
I liked the idea of a book that talks about work, the intro of the “why write a book like this” really captures it: “The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime – unless it kills them first.” I wasn’t sure going into it how I was going to like the anthology since sometimes they jump around and cause me to get confused a bit, but I loved it. I love it when someone can write a concise and interesting short story and Fox was able to do that 18 different times. Sure, some of them were better than others but they were all really enjoyable. Each one had a different work-related story and each one really felt different and unique enough that it didn’t feel like I was continuing to read the same story over and over again. I couldn’t even tell that the same author wrote them in some cases.
I think Jobs Stranger Than Fiction was an excellent collection and definitely one that I’m glad I picked up. Fox was a stranger to me before this but I will definitely be on the lookout for more stories in the future. The same can be said for Ovard. I liked the narration a lot and I thought it was well performed and paced. Overall, a really darn enjoyable collection of stories that I breezed through and enjoyed quite a bit.
The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime – unless it kills them first. Or throws them through time, converts them to a soul-sucking, dimension-hopping sorcerer, or simply obliterates them at a sub-atomic level.
In the 18 stories that follow, half-orc bounty hunters merge with NAFTA regulations and aliens take much-needed coffee breaks. Do elves file TPS reports? Can a robot have a work-spouse? Add love, regret, friendship, the inevitable sternly worded HR email, and an arsenal of guns, death rays, explosives, necromancy, and…Santa Claus. Work gets weird when taking it offline requires structural sabotage and best practices include outsmarting The Devil.
Refreshments will be served with a side of eldritch chaos.
No experience unnecessary.
Proactive dynamic self-starters wanted.