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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Short Stories, Tall Tales, and Surprise Endings: An Armchair Map for Vicarious Adventure by Blake Daniels Prescott, MD, CM is a collection of the author's written work, all accompanied by illustrations that have been drawn by him. With thirty in total, each story in this anthology reads as a stand-alone, and they vary in length and substance as distinctly as they do in tone and tenor. Along with the work presented for the first time now, Prescott includes pieces that have been previously published, such as Bad Luck Henry, which made its debut in the Atlantic Salmon Journal in 1971. This is fitting as it's a story about a fishing guide who might just be able to finally drop an unfortunate nickname.
Short Stories, Tall Tales, and Surprise Endings by Blake Daniels Prescott, MD, CM offers readers a lavish buffet of the author's lifetime of work and there is a little bit of something for everyone. My favorite is Four Lies in Cairo, where a group of tourists in Egypt discusses why they don't believe the locals regarding how some of the antiquities were built (and later destroyed), reflecting on an overall lack of honesty and then being surprised in an ironic way. Irony is an underlying theme in a lot of Prescott's work, and the blend of humor and intelligent writing balances some of the lighter fare out well. I loved the illustrations, which corresponded with the title of each story. They're raw and real, and add a personal touch to the book as a whole. This is a good compilation and an enjoyable read. Recommended.