One Last Good Time Michael Kardos s soulful stories take place in that hard luck corner of New Jersey where rock and roll dreams crash into blue collar reality One Last Good Time is a remarkable debut collection full o

  • Title: One Last Good Time
  • Author: Michael Kardos
  • ISBN: 9781935708100
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • Michael Kardos s soulful stories take place in that hard luck corner of New Jersey where rock and roll dreams crash into blue collar reality One Last Good Time is a remarkable debut collection, full of stories that are funny and melancholy at the same time Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher One Last Good Time is one of the sharpest, Michael Kardos s soulful stories take place in that hard luck corner of New Jersey where rock and roll dreams crash into blue collar reality One Last Good Time is a remarkable debut collection, full of stories that are funny and melancholy at the same time Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher One Last Good Time is one of the sharpest, funniest, and most compassionate debuts you will ever have the good fortune to read Without a doubt, Michael Kardos is a truly gifted writer and a vibrant new voice in American letters Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff

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    1. **I won this through GoodReads First Reads**I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised. I am new to reading short stories and at first I found most of the stories too abrupt but Michael Kardos has a way of painting a picture that left me rereading some of the stories. It really made me begin to paint a mental picture of Breakneck Beach, New Jersey, the setting for all the stories. I liked that some of the characters who were minor in stories later had their own story or vice versa. "One Last Good Ti [...]

    2. I've read Kardos' books in a reverse order starting with his latest. It's always interesting to see the author's development, in either direction. Kardos seems to have matured into literary mystery thrillers, but this, his debut collection, shows a softer side. Lovely stories, semiconnected through characters and all set in a small Jersey shore town, the realistic kind despite the negative connotations associated with a certain reality tv show. Kardos really grasps the meaning of unexciting live [...]

    3. Excellent. These stories are quite unnerving, in that thrilling way that marks great short stories. My favorite is the title story, One Last Good Time. I also loved Lures of Last Resort and Behind the Music.

    4. I first became aware of Michael Kardos because of a spectacular story he wrote that appeared in the Spring 2009 issue of Crazyhorse. In that piece, "Mediation," a woman becomes concerned that her husband, after joining Alcoholics Anonymous, has become puritanically self-righteous. In the end, she accepts that in order to keep him, she's going to have to become as rigid as he is. That piece is not in the collection ONE LAST GOOD TIME, but the collection displays all the same talent and ability to [...]

    5. The first story in the collection, “Lures of Last Resort,” provides an interesting perspective on the dynamics of a dysfunctional family. When the protagonists father (I don’t think we ever get the boy’s first name) leaves, the boy’s reaction is not overly emotional, though he does have a hint of the “seasick feeling” he remembers from when this happened before. Instead he is curious and immediately begins adapting to the new reality of not having a father. The boisterous father ch [...]

    6. Having read a few of Michael Kardos’ stories before to great enjoyment, I looked forward to reading his debut collection, One Last Good Time. In short, it’s a wonderful book and exceeded my already high expectations.The stories, many of which were originally published in top-notch journals like Gulf Coast, Crazyhorse and the Southern Review, focus on the working-class lives of characters from the fictional locale of Breakneck Beach, New Jersey. Characters often reappear in several stories; c [...]

    7. A Jersey Shore-centric collection of short stories that previous appeared in an array of literary publications, Michael Kardos's One Last Good Time traces the lives of a dozen or so residents from Breakwater Beach, a stand-in fictional community that mixes elements of Long Branch (including the pier, which burned in 1987) and other northern seaboard Monmouth County towns. From a coastal fairy tale to gritty, melancholy yet humorous coming of age (and closing of age) tales of diverse characters t [...]

    8. I love the dark humor in these stories. The book is a linked short story collection in which the stories that have returning characters comment on each other and further develop the characters, though the collection does not read like a novel. Each story stands on its own, yet we get a fuller view of a small New Jersey coastal town the further we read into the book. It is wickedly funny and perceptive at the same time. Like a reflection in a funhouse mirror, we see our true selves, our nightmare [...]

    9. Like most short story collections, I liked some stories better than others. I was drawn to this book when I heard that the stories all take place in the same Jersey Shore town, however, these stories really could take place anywhere. The fact that they're at the Jersey Shore is insignificant. The common theme here is the flawed, lonely, people that inhabit these stories. I really enjoyed most of the stories. I could have done without the fantastical elements in one or two of the stories. Some of [...]

    10. Recommended to me by a coworker---and I'm so glad because I don't know that I ever would have noticed this little collection on the shelf and picked it up on my own.All of the stories are set in Breakneck Beach and the characters make cameos in one another's stories. They're mostly about people's private struggles, problems that are realistic like loneliness, gambling, adultery, etc but Kardos's writing makes them a little whimsical too. I particularly enjoyed "Mr. Barotta's Ashes Have the Perso [...]

    11. I read 75% of this book comprised of short stories and although I do like his writing style and his other books the short stories were all weird. I'm generally disappointed by short stories & this one was definitely a disappointment.

    12. The stories in this book are all entertaining. The style reminds me a little of David Sedaris, although these are fiction. Some of the characters show up in more than one story, so you get to see different bits of their life.

    13. I like Kardos other two books but I just could not get into this one. Stories in this were not as interesting.

    14. "debut collection, full of stories that are funny and melancholy at the same time" 2/17/2011-Not in local library collections.

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