Fun With Problems

fun with problems cover image Fun With Problems

by Robert Stone
General Fiction
Mariner Books
Paperback, 208 pages
$13.95

As Jon Krakauer once wrote about climbing Mt. Everest, “It’s something like fun, only different!” The same might be said for this book. Stone has written beautifully for decades. His Vietnam War novel Dog Soldiers is a classic of the genre. These seven stories are grim profiles of a variety of failing characters set in diverse locales – New England, Silicon Valley, the Eastern Shore, Hollywood, the Caribbean. These places are rendered as characters as much as the junkies and other losers that inhabit them. It’s a short walk on the dark, dark side for those so inclined and with great writing to boot. For some, it might be toxic. Hmmmmm…he rode on the bus with Ken Kesey!