Bob Sanchez

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You Can't Be Too Careful
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Price: Free! Words: 10,970. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mashups
Here are several short tales meant to chill, cheer, or amuse. They will neither educate you nor make you a better person, but perhaps they will make you smile.

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Smashwords book reviews by Bob Sanchez

  • Totally Buzzed on Dec. 19, 2011

    Totally Buzzed is a lively murder mystery that's full of humor and potential. A body turns up in the crawl space underneath a Wisconsin farmhouse, and the vic turns out to be a local woman named Carole Graff. Who killed the poor woman, and why? Luckily, retired investigator Buzz Miller takes on the case. She's smart but a little crazy, just like the friends and family who get mixed up in the case. The story has all the elements of an intriguing mystery and contains plenty of interesting detail about forensics. There is no problem with the plot. The question that comes to mind, though, is this: Is Totally Buzzed a murder mystery that happens to be funny, or is it a comedy that happens to include a murder? At times it's hard to tell as the story pauses for a joke or for some totally unhinged silliness that may or may not advance the plot. Buzz, who is fifty-something, has a sister Margaret, whom she regularly calls "Maggot." That's the talk of a twelve-year-old, and much of the dialog is laced with mild profanity. That is fine for establishing a character trait or for showing how a person talks in certain situations, but it's greatly overdone here. And for the family dog to pass gas once might be cute--and is probably enough. Humor can be tough, because not everyone laughs at the same things. As a general rule, though, not many people laugh at the same clever line or funny event twice. Also there are lots of cliches and some repetition, for example "Dead bodies piss me off," followed later by "As I said, dead bodies piss me off." This looks like a good first draft. Fix some typos and get rid of most cliches. Give the reader an occasional rest from the nonstop daffiness, and try to incorporate more of the humor into the story itself, to keep things moving. Cut the repetition. There's no need to call the same person a "rat-bastard" three times. The crime detail is good, and the story as a whole can be fun after it gets a little TLC.
  • Smashwords Style Guide on March 29, 2012

    This is well written and easy to follow. My only issue is that Coker often repeats himself. But it's so helpful I'd give it 4-1/2 stars if that were an option!