Scouting for the Reaper

Scouting for the Reaper

Each of the characters in Scouting for the Reaper faces an unanticipated challenge: transporting a truckload of penguins across the country, arranging a proper Jewish burial for the remains of Gregor Samsa, selling tombstones dressed as a Girl Scout. These stories explore the domestic and professional adventures of people in over their heads, while leavening their struggles with humor.

Jacob M. Appel is the author of more than two hundred published short stories and is a past winner of the Boston Review Short Fiction Competition.


Title:Scouting for the Reaper
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781937854959
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  • Elyse  Walters

    "Scouting The Reaper", is a terrific collection of 8 short stories. I love Jacob's physical books...so I did buy this one. I've written a number of reviews about how I feel about Jacob's stories -- I ...

  • Melki

    I liked that the eight stories in this collection are slightly longer - 20-plus pages - than many I've been reading lately. You really get to know the characters and the worlds they inhabit. Appel wri...

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: 'I want to say something,' I said. They both looked up. They seemed surprised that I was still in the room. 'What's wrong, honey, ' said my mother. 'You aren't getting sick, are you?'She cros...

  • Rebecca McNutt

    This is one of those uncommonly-fantastic books that has something for everyone in its pages. Scouting for the Reaper is a collection of varied stories, some cheerful and uplifting, some bizarre and s...

  • Greg

    I really liked this collection of short stories. I hate reviewing story collections, so I'll just say they are good and you should read them.My one complaint? I figured out that all of the pictures on...

  • Jessica

    I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.I give this 4.5 stars which rounds up to 5.This was another solid collection of short stories by Appel and I enjoyed all ...

  • Jennifer

    *I received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*I love books dearly, and so I always give them my honest review. It's rare for me to say that I have NOTHING negative to ...

  • Vicki

    This is another fascinating compilation of eight varied stories. They are interesting and entertaining. I love the variety Jacob M. Appel provides in his compilation books. He has such a unique perspe...

  • Celia

    I love short stories and Jacob Appel has come up with quite a list. I understand that Jacob is a psychiatrist and makes a living getting into peoples’ heads. Well, Jacob, I would like to get into YO...

  • Michelle

    Scouting For The Reaper is a Hudson Prize winning collection of 8 short stories authored by Jacob M. Appel. Many thanks to Black Lawrence Press for the ARC for the purpose of this review.Among the fir...