The Meantime Stories (No. 4)

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
21 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2018
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Author Biography

Svingen & Pedersen is a Norwegian comedy duo, writing stories for a funnier world. According to readers (and themselves) their style of humor is “absurd, abrupt, dark, comically barbaric, and outrageously laugh-out-loud silly”.

Whether captivating audiences with their live performances or starring in and directing their own TV-show on national television, their trademark wit and zany take on reality have kicked people in the teeth. Now they have poured all their creative forces into The Meantime Stories, a humorous short read series embraced by both critics and readers.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

Fated is the fourth book in The Meantime Series written by Vegard Svingen and Øyvind Skogly Pedersen. Bjorn Gustafson’s final moments of life after his car collides with a moose in Canada are filled with a multitude of memories, regrets and treasured moments with his beloved childhood love, Astrid, who’d recently divorced from her abusive husband, Edward. Those memories feel like an eternity to Bjorn, as time seems to slow down to microscopic snail’s pace, temporarily giving him hope that he will survive the crash. As he finally accepts his fate, Bjorn lets go of his IF ONLY and WHAT IF thoughts, yet yearns for a final tender moment with Astrid. Unfortunately, Fate’s sense of irony knows no bounds.

Although a short story, Fated leaves me numb (yet euphoric), almost like I have just woken up after a long distance flight of immense proportions. Vegard Svingen and Øyvind Skogly Pedersen’s writing technique is so incredibly descriptive and vivid, taking the reader to another place and time as they witness every intimate detail of the character’s last moments first-hand. I found it intriguing how the writers were able to fit such a vast amount of cherished memories into these moments as I seemed to enter the mind of Bjorn Gustafson as he meets his maker. The moose’s thoughts were equally sorrowful, as her three young offspring witness their mother’s demise before fleeing into the forest, leaving her mangled body behind. The ending shook me to the core, but I can honestly say that I truly enjoyed the tremendous writing talent behind this literary duo. I recommend Fated to those aged 15 years and older who enjoy a short read filled with a vast array of emotions which take you in every direction.