The Stainless Steel Coffin

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
In the seventies a metal shop just south of Los Angeles received an order for one stainless steel coffin with a glass lid, but that wasn't the unusual part. More
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Words: 6,700
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466042940
About Scott Skipper

Scott Skipper is a California fiction writer with a broad range of interests, including history, genealogy, travel, science and current events. His wry outlook on life infects his novels with biting sarcasm. Prisoners are never taken. Political correctness is taboo. His work includes historical fiction, alternative history, novelized biography, science fiction and political satire. He is a voracious reader and habitual and highly opinionated reviewer.

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Review by: Graham Downs on Jan. 24, 2017 :
Although I'm not really sure how to categorise this story, I actually really enjoyed it!

This doctor contracts a metal-working shop, to ask them to make a stainless steel coffin for his late mother's corpse. He has some pretty specific (and totally outrageous) requirements, in terms of things like exact dimensions, inlet valves, and so on.

The story is all about the staff at the shop trying to accommodate him while trying to stay in budget. The technical descriptions of how they go about doing this are pretty accurate, and I thankfully understood most of them because my dad did a lot of welding and other metal work when I was a child.

Honestly, I almost gave this book five stars, but I found some formatting errors in it. Oops!
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Review by: Wendy Bertsch on April 16, 2012 :
You don't have to be familiar with the industry to appreciate the humour in this anecdote. Fortunately, mankind displays enough quirks to keep all businesspeople from getting too complacent, and the pragmatic solution to this particular dilemma is sure to improve your day.
The author has combined the knowledge of an insider with skilfully built suspense and a wry sense of the ridiculous.
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