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    Pleasantly provocative with douchebag protagonists

    If I could I would give this omnibus of short stories four and a half stars. The author is very talented and doesn't shun writing about douchebag protagonists or touching on potentially controversial subjects. The writing style is pleasantly provocative, like the one pepper dishes at the tai restaurant are pleasantly spicy. One very interesting twist in the structure of this omnibus is the fact that David takes a little paragraph after each short story to discuss what made him come up with the story. I feel these short paragraphs are a very good addition as it really gives you a glimpse into the mind of the author. There wasn't a single story that by itself wouldn't be four star material, the overall quality of the omnibus is very good. Two stories stood out particularly and I feel it's very fitting that one of these stories featured as the title of the omnibus. Both "Dead Reckoning" and "A slight imperfection" show David's ability to depict a douchebag protagonist that feels real and that you can love and hate at the same time. If each story was a separate book, these two stories may not be in my top 10, they both definitely would end up in my top 20. Both definitely 5 start material as were some others like the Murphy story. Its amazingly difficult to give a good rating for an omnibus like this. Half the stories were 5 star material, the other half were pretty good but not the 'amazing' implied by 5 starts. So while I rated it at 'only' four starts, there is quite some 'amazing' in this omnibus. Not quite enough to rate the whole omnibus as five, but enough for me to feel I somewhat need to apologize for rating it at four. I hope David will choose to focus further on the douchebag oriented fiction stuff, as that is absolutely the part about this omnibus I love most.

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