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Review of “Her Last Christmas” by Melonie Phillips
Summary: Christmas is a trying time for the aged, and it is no different for Mary Beth. But this year she has a secret. A tender yuletide tale perfect for the holidays, or any other time of the year.
Review: This is a cute little story about a bereft family of a fallen soldier and their elderly neighbor helping each other through a tough Christmas. It contains such religious undertones as are expected in a seasonal piece but does not proselytize. It stands in serious need of copyediting. The plot twist falls a little short of O. Henry but has a pleasant aftertaste. A quick and easy read.
Summary: "A mythology grew up around the Ferrymen, fostered by a mystique which they wrapped around themselves. Some thought them amoral servants of a ruling elite, sanctioned to undertake work beyond legitimate resolution; others with more fanciful imaginations – or who were more devout, depending on your point of view – believed them emissaries of Evil, with a capital E."
Could the Ferrymen become real in your lifetime? Should they? Read this thoughtful and disturbing near-future science fiction story and decide for yourself.
Review: This was a fantastic short story. "Well-written" doesn't even begin to describe Ferryman; it's engrossing. The simple, clean style perfectly highlights our precise protagonist. If this future Edwards presents to us does in fact become a reality, the character he describes is exactly the type of person who would become a Ferryman: highly competent with the hint of a god complex.
She's a banshee screaming, sugar-starved monster, and her zookeeper has left you all alone with her.
That's what's running through twenty-nine-year-old Henry Dalton's mind, when his five-year-old stepdaughter, Rebecca, enters the room and utters these fatal words. "Where's Mommy?" Review:
This is a touching story about two people in need of love and forming an unlikely family. Henry Dalton, the protagonist, is your very typical bachelor that has absolutely no interest in having a family. He's just "a guy" that wants to date Rebecca's mom.
The circumstances of Dalton taking on Rebecca as his charge border on unrealistic by how fast everything occurs. I felt like more time could have been spent exploring Rebecca's mother. It wouldn't necessarily change the result of the story but perhaps add more emotional depth to the events that follow.
Still, the story has a good pace to it. I enjoyed seeing Dalton's progressio…
Finding short story blogs is harder than one might think. Sure, there are short story friendly blogs. But this is not quite the same thing. Usually it means the blog is run by a novel reader/writer that is open to the idea of maybe trying a short story. It's a dicey prospect at best and can be a little disheartening if you're fond of the short fiction genre, especially if you're an independent author.
So I'm putting together a list of some short story related blogs (aside from this one, of course!) along with a description of the blog. You're not alone out there. There are others that share your interests. It just takes a little more work to find them.
Please feel free to add to this list.
Reading the Short Story- Written by literature teacher Charles E. May. His posts are meaty, so don't expect a fast read. Every post analyzes a short story of his choosing. Many of them are classics. This is a fantastic blog if you want an education in short stories…