The Part-Time People

Rated 3.00/5 based on 3 reviews
DeBarrie's Stationery Store needed help again. Somehow, the part-time people never worked out. It was a problem. One after another, the part-time people came and went, and sometimes, nobody ever found out what happened to them. The newest one seemed even more hopeless than usual. His job application announced "there's a man who follows me around and ruins everything I try to do".
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Words: 16,180
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452300122
About Tom Lichtenberg

I've written a lot of stories, and one thing I've learned is that stories have a life. They want to be read, and they're brought to life by readers. Readers give them meaning, give them substance and fulfill their destinies. Stories aren't picky about who reads them. They welcome everyone. Money means nothing to them - they don't care how much the reader paid and they equally don't care how much the author made. Stories want to live and they want to be a part of your life. I often think of them as like paper boats you place upon a stream. You never know where they'll end up!

"Author of curiously engaging novellas. His stories are not driven by action but by mood and metaphysics. His premises often begin with fairly standard, often vaguely science-fiction concepts, but he spins those concepts out into melancholy, thoughtful tales in which he explores the emotion and (often) dislocation that people feel when confronted by something outside their normal experience." - Devon Kappa

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Review by: Midu Hadi on Aug. 16, 2012 :
What David wrote in his application was by far the most interesting thing in this story and I would have loved it, if the author had went on with that.
We are never told what becomes of Gwen and I would have liked to know where she ended up.
Not one of the author's best.
(review of free book)

Review by: Georgeanna B. on March 29, 2011 :
I liked this book very much. You really do meet all kinds when you work retail. I was a little worried about David, but the ending was great. :)
(review of free book)

Review by: thylogale on Feb. 26, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this story. The characters were very human and believable. Having worked part time in retail I know just how insane things can be. David is an interesting character and it took me a little while to warm up to him, but I really enjoyed the end.
(review of free book)

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