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FREE E-PUB ê Speaking of Greed: Stories of Envious Desire Û The second volume in the Seven Deadly Sins Series, Speaking of Greed is a collection of short stories on the destructive deadly sin known as greed In addition to being the title of this anthology, Speaking of Greed is also the title of Lawrence Block s original novella that leads off this unique collection My task as an anthologist in this series , Block writes in the introduction, is threefold first, I have to pick the stories then I have to write a langoish novella with my four series characters, whom we know only as the priest, the doctor, the soldier, and the policeman finally, I have to hammer out an introductionThe stories Block has chosen are delightful His novella delivers what he promises And the introduction is a heads up plea for authors to ensure that their work will continue to be read after they are no longer around to write any This is the second anthology in what was supposed to be a 7 volume series, one for each of the seven deadly sins Apparently either the publisher or the editor decided to call it quits Fans have been waiting fruitlessly for the third volume Speaking of Wrath for 14 years now The title story Speaking of Greed by Lawrence Block is the highlight of the collection It consists of a framing story a doctor, a policeman, a priest, and a soldier sitting around a poker table and sharing their stor This is the second anthology in what was supposed to be a 7 volume series, one for each of the seven deadly sins Apparently either the publisher or the editor decided to call it quits Fans have been waiting fruitlessly for the third volume Speaking of Wrath for 14 years now The title story Speaking of Greed by Lawrence Block is the highlight of the collection It consists of a framing story a doctor, a policeman, a priest, and a soldier sitting around a poker table and sharing their stories and opinions of the sin of avarice The stories they tell each other vignettes within the larger frame each illustrate some shade, complexity, or twist on the subject of greed Like most of Block s writing since the early 1980 s, the prose seems to float effortlessly off the page, as if the author is simply talking out loud off the top of his head, but there is a crafty subtle art going on While it entertains, this story forces you to ask philosophical questions and perhaps redefine some of your preconceptions.Unfortunately, I was not overly impressed with the other stories in this collection not surprising, since neither was I fond of most of the stories in the first volume Speaking of Lust Several stories such as One Hit Wonder and Rotten to the Core were just predictable and unoriginal Come Down From the Hills , A Taste of Paradise and Deadly Fantasies had potential, a good opening hook and meaty offbeat characters, but the authors seemed in a hurry to wrap up the action too quickly and so never let the plot develop any satisfying depth On the bright side, I did enjoy a few of them the answer by F Paul Wilson OK, this is not really a great story, but it is a great idea The actual title is literally unprintable written in some sort of overlapping wing dings font This is part of the story it is a special secret word that rewards you with the perfect answer to any question It can only be pronounced verbally, never communicated in writing It is very dangerous Inside Job by Ed Gorman An amusing character piece driven almost entirely by dialog I should have seen the end coming a mile away, but instead I got so wrapped up in the characters I was taken by surprise The 5,000 Getaway by Jack Ritchie A traditional 1950 s era pulp piece that hit all the right notes and was particularly satisfying My Heart Cries For You by Bill Crider A dark, funny tale about what happens if you marry for money instead of love Goodbye, Sue Ellen by Gillian Roberts A laugh out loud, slapstick crime tale about a marriage on the rocks and a family fortune in the balanceWill we ever see Speaking of Wrath Who knows Lawrence Block is still writing and anthologizing Cumberland House Publishing still has a Facebook page I won t be too disappointed if this anthology series is not resuscitated, but I would like to see Lawrence Block write the remaining five novellas and sequence them into a single collection If you don t have time to read a full length novel, this is a great piece to pick up It s a very enjoyable and insightful story that will keep you thinking long after you ve finished it. AKA Sheldon Lord, Jill Emerson, Paul Kavanaugh, Chip Harrison, Lawrence Block