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A campaign volunteer tries to control his rage as he goes door-to-door for a presidential candidate. An American from the Midwest bonds with a fellow traveler in Central America. A disgruntled employee decides to live at work so he can retaliate against his coworkers while the office is empty. A woman sets an intricate trap in order to catch a package thief but has a surpr A campaign volunteer tries to control his rage as he goes door-to-door for a presidential candidate. An American from the Midwest bonds with a fellow traveler in Central America. A disgruntled employee decides to live at work so he can retaliate against his coworkers while the office is empty. A woman sets an intricate trap in order to catch a package thief but has a surprising reaction when she finally sees the perpetrator. The protagonists in these stories have different ways of dealing with loneliness. One even fakes a drug addiction in order to spend more time with a love interest in rehab. All of them, though, feel compelled to seek out the company of others; no matter how clumsy their attempts turn out to be.


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A campaign volunteer tries to control his rage as he goes door-to-door for a presidential candidate. An American from the Midwest bonds with a fellow traveler in Central America. A disgruntled employee decides to live at work so he can retaliate against his coworkers while the office is empty. A woman sets an intricate trap in order to catch a package thief but has a surpr A campaign volunteer tries to control his rage as he goes door-to-door for a presidential candidate. An American from the Midwest bonds with a fellow traveler in Central America. A disgruntled employee decides to live at work so he can retaliate against his coworkers while the office is empty. A woman sets an intricate trap in order to catch a package thief but has a surprising reaction when she finally sees the perpetrator. The protagonists in these stories have different ways of dealing with loneliness. One even fakes a drug addiction in order to spend more time with a love interest in rehab. All of them, though, feel compelled to seek out the company of others; no matter how clumsy their attempts turn out to be.

32 review for Duct-tape Bandage

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katie Bailey

    First Impressions: Before even opening the book I could tell it was self published. The grainy cover image, minimal formatting, and barcode on the back (looks like CreateSpace) led me to this assumption. After I started reading my hunch was confirmed when I found small spelling and formatting errors throughout. Regardless, I got this book for free so I may as well read it. Individual Story Ratings and Reviews: What the Ravioli Woman Knows || (2/5) - My biggest problem with this story is that it en First Impressions: Before even opening the book I could tell it was self published. The grainy cover image, minimal formatting, and barcode on the back (looks like CreateSpace) led me to this assumption. After I started reading my hunch was confirmed when I found small spelling and formatting errors throughout. Regardless, I got this book for free so I may as well read it. Individual Story Ratings and Reviews: What the Ravioli Woman Knows || (2/5) - My biggest problem with this story is that it ends so abruptly and without a clear resolution. A conflict is identified and an attempt at a solution is made, but then the solution ends badly. And that's where the story ends, there's no second attempt, it just ends. And I'm left feeling like I'm missing the next part. Chip Goes to Rehab || (3/5) - My issue with this story is the same as the first, there's no concrete resolution. The whole story is about Chip pining over this girl and when he ultimately gets rejected that's it. Oh, well. There is a little bit of a resolution with him finding a friend in Malu, but there was so little interaction with them throughout the story, that this isn't enough to be a satisfying ending. Her Mother, His Wife || (1/5) -This was an unsettling story to read. Starting with a father picking his daughter (who is clearly a prostitute) up of the street and then leaving her to get cleaned up while he goes and finds his own prostitute is very disturbing. The story then ends with a flashback that has no real reason to be in the story at all. And whatever plot that was supposed to be going on between the father and daughter was left completely unresolved. Alex Bus Story #1: A Coffin Full of Beer || (4/5) Alex Bus Story #2: My Girlfriend's Iguana || (3/5) Alex Bus Story #3: Magnets || (3/5) -Out of all the stories in this book these were easily the most enjoyable to read. Each one is a story with a clearly defined starting and stopping point framed by the overarching storyline of being told a story by a stranger on the bus. I feel like a collection of short stories like this would easily do well. Having the narrator provide the link between each story (him being the one each story is being told to) really worked. If an entire book was written like this, where each chapter was another insane story told by the same individual I think it would be a must read. Verapaz || (5/5) - This was by far my favorite story in the entire collection. It had all of the major plot points you need for a good story, and there was a good balance between plot, character, and setting. The story focused on a truly tragic event, with little pieces of hope and happiness scattered throughout. There were a few spelling and formatting errors, but with some light editing I think this story has a real chance of being published by an actual publisher or literary magazine. Les || (2/5) - This story focused more on the character of Les and how his life changed over time than anything else. There's a point where the narrator notes that Les's stories could probably make an interesting short story collection, and from that point on all I wanted to hear was those stories. Put Les and Alex on a long bus ride together telling crazy stories, and that's book I would gladly buy. Disgruntled || (1/5) - The entire time I was reading this story I kept feeling like it was going to be one of those stories where the protagonist wakes up and realizes it was all a dream. There were just so many questions left unanswered I couldn't get past in order to enjoy the story. The premise is really good, there's just no backstory and too many plot holes for me to have enjoyed it. Eyes Open || (1/5) - When I started reading this story I thought it would be really good because a protagonist, antagonist, and conflict were all clearly defined. But then the story just does a complete 180 and turned into something awful. The scene with the teacher was very uncomfortable to read and did nothing to carry the story along, and the ending comes entirely out of left field. When I finished reading I wasn't sure what point was trying to be made, it felt like three pieces from entirely different puzzles being smashed together. The Wrong-Doer || (4/5) -This appears to be the only story written from a woman's POV, so I'm immediately intrigued when I start reading. A conflict is clearly identified with some unknown person stealing packages. I can immediately relate to the protagonist because I know how I'd feel if something like that happened to me. So this woman goes through all the necessary precautions of catching the thief, and so far I'm thinking this is going to be a good story. But then, the ending comes and the woman realizes the thief isn't who she imagined it would be. Her response? Make up a sad backstory for the thief and buy more things for her to steal. Then I lost it, that is not how this story should have ended. She has proof she can give to the police that someone is stealing her stuff and instead she encourages the thievery. If it had just ended a little bit differently, like forwarding her packages to her parents house, I could have easily given this story a 5 star rating. But with the ending as it stands, I just couldn't do it. Overall Response: I think the overarching theme of this collection (loss, loneliness, and trying to fill a void) was achieved. I apologize if this review seemed a little harsh, I didn't dislike the book, its just not what I typically read; and, I think this collection needed more of an editing process before being published.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wanda C

    I enjoyed reading all eleven short stories in this book. I liked the story of Alex the best, and the story of Lloyd was my least favorite; you will understand once you read the book. The characters are well developed, and the storylines are believable. Adam Darby is a great writer, and I look forward to reading more of his books. Based on a five-star rating, I give it five stars! 1) Buy from the author in the future? Yes 2) Did it keep me intrigued? Yes 3) Story line adventurous, mysterious, and belie I enjoyed reading all eleven short stories in this book. I liked the story of Alex the best, and the story of Lloyd was my least favorite; you will understand once you read the book. The characters are well developed, and the storylines are believable. Adam Darby is a great writer, and I look forward to reading more of his books. Based on a five-star rating, I give it five stars! 1) Buy from the author in the future? Yes 2) Did it keep me intrigued? Yes 3) Story line adventurous, mysterious, and believable? Yes 4) Would I recommend to a family member/friend? Yes 5) Did my idea of the book based on the cover remain the same after I read the book? Yes. I interrupted the substitution of duct-tape for a medical bandage as a metaphor that sometimes one has to work with what they have, what one has been presented with, and one cannot get away from.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    Wonderful book full of short stories. Some stories make you laugh. My girlfriends iguana, this was my favorite and I'll never look at my lizard the same LOL. Some make you sad for what happens. What the ravioli woman knows, make you go through several emotions by the end. Stories like the wrong-doer make you realize and rethink about how things appear, that they can be so completely deceiving. All of the stories in this book make you think how we all as humans seek interacting with others in any Wonderful book full of short stories. Some stories make you laugh. My girlfriends iguana, this was my favorite and I'll never look at my lizard the same LOL. Some make you sad for what happens. What the ravioli woman knows, make you go through several emotions by the end. Stories like the wrong-doer make you realize and rethink about how things appear, that they can be so completely deceiving. All of the stories in this book make you think how we all as humans seek interacting with others in any way that we can. Really enjoyed the stories and look forward to reading more from Adam in the future!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bob

  5. 5 out of 5

    Josh Fritz

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Monahan

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lamar

  8. 4 out of 5

    Deborah McConnell

  9. 5 out of 5

    A

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gene Reams

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Seaberg

  12. 4 out of 5

    jankey

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Hughes

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

  15. 5 out of 5

    doris maldonado

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  17. 5 out of 5

    Topher Colin

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nedra Glispey

  19. 5 out of 5

    The Celtic Rebel (Richard)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

  21. 4 out of 5

    TaniaRina

  22. 5 out of 5

    charles m thomas

  23. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Thompson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bothenjs

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cassi Cameron

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  28. 5 out of 5

    michaela a pond

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bill Wicks

  30. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

  31. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  32. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Bradley

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