Review – One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

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Publisher: Knopf
Publication date: February 4, 2014
ISBN-10: 0385351836
ISBN-13: 978-0385351836
Formats Available: Paperback, Hardback, Kindle, Audio

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

First off, I’ll admit I’m a little biased. BJ Novak not only acted in The Office, my favorite TV show of all time, but was also involved in writing/producing the show as well. Needless to say, I went into this book WANTING to love it.

And I did. I really enjoyed this collection. The stories were topical, clever, alternatingly humorous and thought-provoking. At the end of most of the stories, I either laughed, cried, said “Hmm,” or immediately went back to experience the story again, now that I knew how it ended. As a writer, this collection has made me rethink the concept of the short story.

I listened to the audio version, and I really enjoyed the performance aspect. Novak himself is an actor, and the other readers (Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Katy Perry, Lena Dunham, Jason Schwartzmann, Carey Mulligan, Mindy Kaling, Julianne Moore, and Emma Thompson) are actors/performers as well, so it was really more like a radio play. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if I’d only read it.

*A warning to those sensitive to bad language, it has that. In some of the stories, it was gratuitous, but at the same time I think it was linked to character development.

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Genre: Paranormal Suspense/Romance
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Synopsis:
Rowan Elliott is devastated when her boyfriend, Finn, tells her he’s moving across the country to take over the family business, and thrilled when he changes his mind at the last minute and gets off the plane.

But then things get…weird. Finn’s acting strange, and Ro’s getting mysterious phone calls that have her questioning if her boyfriend’s really who she thinks he is. As Ro races to figure out what’s going on, she discovers it’s more complicated than she could have ever imagined.

And if she’s not careful, she could lose her Finn forever.

My Take:

I absolutely loved this short story! I do not usually read paranormal fiction, since I’m a bit of a wimp (read: HUGE SCAREDY-CAT), but I am so glad I made an exception for T.M. Franklin. Fans of the classic television show The Twilight Zone will appreciate this story, which is romantic with just the right amount of creepiness. T.M. captured my imagination with her impeccable prose, and when the story came to an end, I found myself wishing it was longer. Everyone should read this story – now!

Excerpt:

“You okay?”

I hummed something in response. “Where were you when you called?” I asked, half-dozing already.

“Hmm?”

I opened my eyes to look at him drowsily. “I got your voicemail, but I couldn’t really hear what you were saying.”

He scanned the road before turning the corner leading to my apartment building. “Voicemail?”

I sat up, the queasy feeling in my stomach easing back in. “You said you had bad service. Said you loved me and we’d make it through this.”

“Through what?”

“You tell me.” I was getting irritated. What the hell was going on?

“Ro, I have no idea what you’re talking about,” he said, pulling to an abrupt stop in the parking lot of my apartment building. “I never left a voicemail. Not today.”

I fumbled in my bag for my phone. I was not imagining this. “You did. You called—” I thumbed through my calls and held it up victoriously so he could see. “—at 12:06 p.m. today. See?”

His eyes narrowed at the screen. “That says Private Number.

“Yeah. Yeah, I know. I was going to ask you about that.”

“Why do you think that was me?”

I rolled my eyes. “Because you left a voicemail!” My voice grew louder, a little screechy, but I couldn’t help it.

“Babe, I never left you a voicemail today!” Finn said, aggravation growing in his own tone. He pulled out his own phone and stabbed at it a few times. Finn’s familiar ringtone sounded on my phone, his picture popping up on the screen, along with his name.

“See?” he said. “At 12:06 I was driving. I didn’t call you. Whoever that Private Number was, it wasn’t me.” He tapped his phone and the ringtone stopped.

I stared at my phone and rubbed my forehead. My stomach roiled and an ache throbbed behind my eyes. “I don’t understand. I heard—”

“Let me listen to the voicemail.”

“It…got deleted.” I met Finn’s unreadable gaze and knew how it sounded. Weird. Crazy.  But I had heard him. It was Finn.

Wasn’t it?

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Meet the Author:
T.M. Franklin started out her career writing nonfiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born out of a challenge to write a novel in thirty days issued during National Novel Writing Month. MORE was well received, selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, and won the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Readers Choice Awards.

In addition to MORE and its sequels, The Guardians and TWELVE, Franklin has penned the Amazon best-selling short stories, Window and A Piece of Cake. Her YA romance, How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You, is Franklin’s first love story without traditionally recognized paranormal or fantasy elements. Although…T.M. is the first to agree that love is the best kind of magic.

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