This was nearly my ten for April, but it is too soon to use it up on the 16th. I am going to read more of this author's stories, who knows, maybe another might be better. This is one of the best short (two chapter) stories I can recall reading. The second chapter is kind of repetitive of the first, but from the point of view of the female character. It can be difficult to handle that sort of repeating the same events. But this author does it in a way that rings my bell. I strongly suggest you put this one on your reading list. You will be glad you did.
The numbers run nine for plot, a lot of things happen, some off-stage. I am only going to give a nine for technical. I didn't see anything wrong but tens are saved for stories that blow me away. And I already talked about Appeal, to repeat it is a nine. If I gave more than one ten a month, it would be a ten.
You might enjoy reading the recently posted short stories by a writer new to SOL - "Todd_d172".
'Blue Topaz Eyes' is the first of the stories in his "Tales From The Shack Universe", and is very well written, as are the others that follow:
- 'Monster', and
'Blue Topaz Eyes' starts out with a bang, and you should read the entire story, since your first impression of what's going on may well be wrong.
The author ties the story segments together very well, and the story is short enough to keep your attention and focus, without a lot of extraneous stuff just to fill it out. I guess what I'm saying is that it's tightly woven, meaning well constructed. I didn't notice any typos, inconsistencies, or grammatical problems requiring the attention of the grammar police. The stories seem fresh, and are unlike many of the stories you read on SOL.
If you read all of the stories, you'll see some common threads, with repeat visits by some of the characters. I enjoyed each of them, and recommend them to your attention. Here's hoping "Todd_d172" will continue writing and posting to SOL. It's always great to find a new writer who brings a fresh, interesting approach to the table.