Ten in the Bin by N.R. Walker

Original Title: Ten in the Bin

Year Published: 2013

Published by:  Self-published

Number of Pages: 47

First Sentence: 

Goodreads Rating: 3/5


Heartbroken, Dean Cartwright leaves Sydney and heads home, to the coastal town of Newcastle. In a bid to make new friends, he signs up for a local rugby league team where he meets a man known as Macca.

Dean and Macca are both front row forwards, meaning they’re the biggest guys on the team. Over six feet tall and over a hundred kilos each, they’re a force to be reckoned with on the field.

But when Dean gets knocked out, Macca gets even by punching the other guy, and both Dean and Macca end up on the sideline.

Dean soon realizes that being knocked unconscious is the best thing to ever happen to him.

My thoughts:

I did like this short story, but it wasn’t as good as some of the other stories I’ve read by N.R. Walker. I guess I have been spoilt by her writing up until now. This was good, but it wasn’t as great as what I’m used to when it comes to Walker’s writing.

The characters were nice and I really enjoyed them. Of course, they were being typical boys and sometimes I wanted to pick ’em up by the neck and give ’em both a good shake. Two puppy dogs that don’t know how to communicate. Like guys, get over yourselves!

My biggest issue with this story was that it isn’t exciting. Yeah, it’s a short story and too much excitement would have made the whole thing very stressful. But this is instead very mellow. It felt like not much was happening and it was also pretty predictable. It was still a nice read and it was a good break when I needed something short and sweet.

Do I recommend it? 

Yeah, it was short and sweet.

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