Sorry for the reblog but I totally messed this one up. I didn't even check the review box or add any stars when I originally did it. Also even though I've gone back and fixed it, my shelf still doesn't show a review or rating so I'm just going to redo it. I'm not sure what I did wrong and sorry for any confusion this might have caused :(
I just read this one last night and wow! I'm still thinking about it. This is the second short story by Edward Lorn that I've read. The first one was No Such Thing which I really liked. I don't normally read a lot of short stories. I enjoy them every now and then but for the most part I prefer full-length novels and I can't remember the last time I've read a short story collection although I have no idea why I haven't read more of them. They're absolutely perfect for when you just don't have as much time to read as you would like. I've been super busy lately plus I'm still trying to get over this flu bug. My ear has been killing me and the antibiotics I'm taking make me so sick so I've just been having a hard time reading or doing much of anything lately which is part of why I decided to give No Such Thing a try. I couldn't sit down and read for a few hours like I normally do so it was perfect to just read it in my spare time here and there. So yesterday I went and checked out the rest of Edward Lorn's books and the second I read the blurb on World's Greatest Dad I bought it. I didn't even bother with the sample like I normally do. It just sounded really good plus I'd already enjoyed one of his books and even if I didn't like it that much it was only .99 cents so I didn't have much to lose but OMG was this book worth it! I would have paid so much more had I known how good it was going to be.
I don't want to even remotely go into the plot on this one other than to discuss what's in the blurb which is about a dad who's lost his daughter in the most horrible way and he has a chance to avenge her death when messages start appearing on his World's Greatest Dad coffee cup. I was sucked into the story immediately and felt so horrible after reading about what happened to his daughter. I'm not a dad and I can only imagine how hard something like that would be for any parent. I went from feeling horrified to being awed when the messages started appearing. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. I can't even express the range of emotions it elicited out of me. I've read full length novels that didn't draw as many emotions out of me. It was a sad yet satisfying story. I want to talk about the ending so bad but once again I can't. Just trust me this is one you don't want to miss. I mentioned in my last review of his that I think it's just so much harder to write a good short story than it is to write a good full length novel. You just don't have as much to work with and it's so hard to draw a reader in and make them care with so few pages but this book does exactly that. I cared about the main characters, their pain became my pain and I mirrored their anger. There was also one helluva twist to the story that I never saw coming. There aren't many authors that I feel have mastered the finer arts of the short story but I do believe that Edward Lorn has done just that. He is a true master of the short story and I'm looking forward to reading even more of his books no matter their length.
I love it when a book makes me feel. It doesn't necessarily have to be a good emotion or feeling either. Whether it's loathing for a villain, joy from a hero's triumph or sadness from their loss, I absolutely love it when a good book makes me feel and World's Greatest Dad did just that and so much more. I would give this one ten stars if I was able to but alas there are only five.