Review of "Strange Soul Mates," short story by C.L. Gordon



Summary:  
Steven has some serious trust issues and has done some serious drinking at the bar. 

Emily, his girlfriend, has unknown whereabouts and won’t respond to any of Steven’s alcohol-fueled and accusatory texts.

George Packard, an ex-government engineer and fellow bar patron, claims to have the solution: a machine that promises to link the couple in a permanent, unconventional way.

Steven isn’t sure that Emily will agree to his selfish designs. Though, if they truly are soul mates, Steven’s sure he’s allowed to take some liberties ...

Review:
**Warning: May contain spoilers**
An engaging story that gets to the point just a little too late and then ends just a little too soon.  The writing style does pull you in, however.  Gordon has a fun way of making her characters endearing.

As the summary suggests, a mad scientist offers a heartbroken man an unconventional solution to his problem.  The thing is that the solution has been "done" before.  Sharing a brain with someone is not a new concept in scifi.  Which is fine.  But this means that the author needs to spin it and make it her own.  Gordon does accomplish this in a way.  I don't think the story needed to be any longer it just needed more efficient pacing at the beginning so it had more time in the "unique" portion.

Still, I can't help but like the story.  It's worth picking up a copy if you're in the mood for a quick short.

3/5 stars
Reviewed by Alain Gomez 

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