Aresenic Soup for Lovers: When Chicken Soup Doesn’t Work by Georgia Z. Post

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Subtitle: Very Very Short Stories for Very Very Busy People

Stars: ***

I received this book for review from the author.

Summary: In a world where few people laugh at themselves, Arsenic Soup For Lovers is the perfect blend of short stories guaranteed to make you step back and look at the world from a different perspective. In this tart and wickedly amusing collection by author Georgia Z. Post, ordinary life situations unfold in a myriad of quirky moments requiring out-of-the-box devious answers to tickle your funnybone.

These are indeed some short stories, most are barely 2 pages long. This does make for easy reading, say bathroom reading.

The stories are all love related, but not happy love. Divorce, Cheating, Widows, love for someone who doesn’t return it etc… Some of these stories were so shocking it made me look the book over for something that specified it was indeed fiction. Some were funny, some were shocking and some I just didn’t understand. I’m pretty sure it was just me though as my mom understood them when she read them and was able to explain most to me. I often don’t get jokes, they go right over my head I guess.

I think the idea of this book is good but I do think the stories could have been better, and could have been funnier. I could just see someone doing something they read in this book and then sighting the book as the reason it was okay to do when the cops have them. I wouldn’t want to be involved in that law suit.

It’s a very short book at 62 pages and so makes for light reading, on the bus or in the bathroom. I think it would be a good book for those who have a dark sense of humour and/or are feeling negative about love.

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