Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Review of "Albert Got Shot," short story by Barbara House



Summary:  
Albert's an aging rock star who escapes the big city to kick back on a lake in the wilderness . . . no manager, no groupies, no tour bus . . . when out of the blue a hunter blasts the living chopsticks out of his shoulder. Instead of finding himself in a nice cushy ambulance, Albert wakes up in a remote cabin with the man who shot him. The shooter guards the lake, standing by it into the late hours of the night, staring at a strange a light in the depths that only he can see.

Review:
Another excellent story by House.  This author continues to display her clear strength in creating deep, interesting characters with surprisingly few words.  We barely have a chance to meet Albert before he is thrown into his hair-raising adventure but immediately there is sympathy for him as a character.

I really enjoyed "Albert."  If you actually take it at face value it's a science fiction horror story.  But it's written with such whimsy that you find yourself laughing at parts.  Perhaps this is further proof that I have a completely twisted sense of humor.

The action is fast-paced and fun and the dialog was entertaining.  Having spent my fair share of time in the Midwest, I could totally picture the trigger-happy ex-soldier shooting at everything that moves. 

Definitely worth picking up a copy.  This is not your average scifi.

3.5/5 stars
Reviewed by Alain Gomez

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