Hitch Hikers

Rated 5.00/5 based on 1 reviews
The eight short stories in this collection feature different situations in which someone picks up someone else for a ride. Some of the stories are slightly weird, some are scary, some are surprising. Taken together, they provide a picture of the extreme range of humanity and of interaction between people. More

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Words: 22,990
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301410187
About Ralph Bowden

People have called me shiftless, perhaps because my careers have included electrical engineer in the aerospace industry, history professor, home builder, solar designer, alternative energy consultant, and technical writer/instructional designer. My writing compulsion began about 20 years ago. Other men golf, fish, carouse, watch tv sports. I write. At last count, 20 novels, 4 short story collections, and a play lurk, mostly unread, on my hard drive. I've not tried to publish anything except the story collections, and those only locally as Christmas gifts. If all goes well, I hope to publish most of my collected writing on Smashwords in the next year or two.

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Review By: jameshbowden
Hitch Hikers
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Review by: Jim Bowden on July 08, 2013 :
Hitch Hikers is a motley collection of human-interest stories about a mostly motley collection of people of all shapes, ethnicities, and sizes. (Well, not "all". I think there is disproportion of middle-aged, white, bald, fat men.) There is usually an O. Henry twist, but don't count on it. I spent an hour or two happily engrossed, my attention diverted from my usual mundane activities (such as watering the cats and doing chin-ups.) Having to pay $1.99 to finish the book was an incentive to do so, if I needed one, which I did not. (I have a thing against prices ending in "99" incidentally, but I think research has shown that people are more likely to go for such a price than one that is a penny higher. Go figure. I price my own books at an even $2.00, but that's just me lashing out at the system.) I encourage you to enjoy these fine, imaginative, stories. It doesn't even have to be a rainy afternoon.
***** (Five stars)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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