Video Verite and Other Stories by William Petrick is a collection of short stories. The stories are not related to each other in any way, but seem to have a common theme of how a relationship or brief encounter has affected those involved. Some of the stories had almost a "Twilight Zone" feel to them. I found that some of the stories ended rather abruptly without warning or closure. Other stories felt like they were a teaser for a novel length adventure.
Mr. Petrick is an accomplished writer of the short story. In this collection of stories, he introduces and develops his characters quickly with just enough detail to make the story readable. Any needed background information is woven into the story. The stories move quickly and keep the reader interested.
My favorite story in the book was "Video Verite". This story is about an experienced skydiver that has some problems when he attempts to video tape his friends making a jump. My least favorite story in the book was "Car Crazy". "Car Crazy" is the story of a man and his relationship with his mechanic friend. Most of the story is told in flashback mode as the car owner is preparing to sell his car.
Except for several instances of what I felt was unneccessary vulgar language, most of the stories in this book could have been enjoyed by children as young as age 10. For this, I give the book a wash rating of "LITTLE DIRT" and a warning to parents to read the stories before your children do. The stories are entertaining and well written so I give the book 4 stars.
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