I did enjoy most of them but the one that blew me away was chalk and cheese. This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. So sometimes it did get a tad boring for me. I'm accustomed to reading Alfred Hitchcock and crime or horror-lite stories with a twist or at least more action sequences. The only problem was that it only told you which were true at the start which meant constant flicking back to the contents page. Nice title and there are several good ones in this collection. I think Archer plots short fiction better than anyone.
I could go for him, and to make a long story short, we're getting married. As they say fact is stranger than fiction. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. It is a roller-coaster ride that ends with a bang! Some stories standing out much more than the others. You would love the way the story ends.
It story does not end on a very high note. I was able to guess how it is going to end and it ended exactly in the same way. I saw a really good-looking guy stepping off the airplane and thought, Boy! Jeffrey was so moved by the story that he placed it at the beginning of his book. So I think it's not so much his style of writing as it is my preferences at this point. The story could have been better.
Hats off to the crime master on whom this story is based on. Archer was a perfect grouping of stories featuring the 'Art of the double cross! Anyway, some of his stories are wonderful and make the book worth reading. One man is an unappreciated artist struggling through life, and his older brother is always having to give him money whenever they meet. Anyway, long story short, I got expelled for writing graffiti on bathroom stalls. I had a woman that loved me true To cut a long story short We got married on our honeymoon To cut a long story short Now we're together I'm afraid no more To cut a long story short Like billions of other people we're divorced To cut a long story short I don't believe that you can possibly Give more than you get Unless you talk about taxation And the money that you care to bet When I've got a problem I wanna solve To cut a long story short I simply go out and have a game of golf To cut a long story short But I read a book that the book was great To cut a long story short It got a fine class of people like the chambermaid To cut a long story short I don't see how you could possibly Take what you can get When to get what you take And man you really got to sweat I don't believe that you can possibly Give more than you get Unless you talk about taxation And the money that you care to bet I've got a girlfriend her name is Jill To cut a long story short She doesn't take chances So she takes the pill To cut a long story short I'm really positive that she is mine To cut a long story short Now I'm getting married for the second time To cut a long story short I don't see how you could possibly Take what you can get When to get what you take And man you really got to sweat. The world of Jeffrey Archer, certainly from this volume, is not a joyous one, not one in which people generally pull together or look for the good. They were enjoyable enough but perhaps a bit of a curate's egg as so many collections of short stories often are.
Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare born 15 April 1940 is an English author and former politician. The collection is a mixed bag of a few great stories, some good tales, and a few bores that I can't remember anything about. I thing Archer has squeezed some good thrillers into a few pages. While reading the story we know where it is leading to and what might happen. Sometimes it's those who have nothing that value us for who we are, yet it is those with wealth--even if it is minimal wealth--only see how much we are worth financially. Yet another story with a 5 on 5 rating 5 Chalk and Cheese This story could have been shorter. Here are all new stories that will engross and astonish, peopled with a rich assortment of tru From the master storyteller comes a masterful collection of fourteen riveting tales of elaborate confidence tricks, political chicanery, immoral behavior, and dangerously illicit affairs, rendered with the breathtaking narrative twists that have become the Jeffrey Archer hallmark.
I suppose that this is actually what a good story is always suposed to do; each one beginning as a window and ending as a mirror which is a quotation I love though can never remember where I first read it but know it is not from my own thought sadly. I would give this a 3. Some of the stories were completely amazing while for some I felt the end was too open. They are well written, with unseen plot twists that grab you when least expected. Overall great but not his best! Well, the stories are well written and interesting. The only problem was that it only told you which were true at the start which meant constant flicking back to the contents page. I would rate this as 5 out of 5.
I bet you will always remember this story. It was a bit hard to relate to. In all honesty, this volume is not a collection of what I consider to be his best. Jeffrey was so moved by the story that he placed it at the beginning of his book. Also The Grass is Always Greener brings to light how we all have problems and always want what someone else has. The story could have been better. This little collection by Mr.
Well, the stories are well written and interesting. No doubt this is based on a true incident. Archer does not have a terribly high opinion of humankind it seems to me and this is reflected in his rather tawdry characters who are, generally, unfaithful or insipid, devious or dull with a couple of notable exceptions. It is well constructed and imaginative but again populated with, in the main, unattractive and bitterly closed off people. Mainly because they are digestible and accomplishable in a short sitting. At first, I didn't think much of it. The story might bring tears to over emotional people.
Topics also varied, of course, ranging from confidence games, romantic mysteries, to even some with supernatural characters. The stories in this one cover a good range of settings and personalities, and deliver his trademark twists and turns. Call me a sado, a sap, a hopeless romantic, or whatever, but I do love to hear a true love story that brings a genuine smile to my face. He is married to Mary Archer, a scientist specialising in solar power. I loved the idea that it had short storied so I throughly enjoyed it during my travel. I do recommend this book, especially for busy people who don't have time to get through a novel. Many seemed to take on the flavor of old-fashioned fables with insights into human nature in general.