I don't often review stories that have already been reviewed, so let me first say to 'Fuzzywuzzy', 'Sorry my friend, I'm not trying to steal your thunder, I agree with everything you said!'
Strange as it may seem, I've enjoyed 'Lubrican's' work for a long time, but it appears I've never reviewed one of his stories before, I certainly couldn't find him in my list of reviews anyway. I felt that I had to review this one, as it takes the erotic stories on SoL to a new level. I've talked about finding nuggets of gold amongst the dross before, but The Hermit of Scarecrow Valley is a whole seam of gold.
Technically the story is excellent, 'Fuzzywuzzy' scored it 10, but, perverse as I am, I never score more than 9, as there must be a typo in there somewhere, I just didn't find it! The grammar and punctuation are beyond reproach, the plot original, the characters three-dimensional and engaging. I'm sure some of that is down to proofreading by 'Michelle', and editing by 'Andy', but they obviously had a flying start.
The story itself ran me through a whole gamut of emotions, laughing one minute, almost crying the next; I found certain parts deeply moving, but then, that's what a good author does, he plays his reader like a Stradivarius! If there's one thing that puts me off 'Lubrican's' work in any way, it's his insistence that the female protagonists all end up pregnant, but that's really a minor 'squick' for me, as the general level of storytelling is unequivocally excellent, it obviously floats 'Lubrican's' boat though!
I thought it would help if I quoted the comments I put in my library entry when I added 'Lubrican' to the list, 'Everyone shags a lot, and gets preg. Lubrican is ... Lubrican! Says it all really!
So to sum up; if you don't read this story, you'll be passing up a real treat. An excellent story, in 'Lubrican's' own inimitable style!
Read, and enjoy!
Reviewed: 2013-05-28 - (Review Updated: 2014-04-17)
PTSD is the most fearsome problem contracted by our Military Wounded today. In the past it was called 'Shell Shock' 'Battle Fatigue''Cowardice' 'The Hidden Killer' And today, it is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In layman's words it is the repercussion a soldier feels after the terrible actions he or she experiences after the terrible involvement in a War. No one who has not gone into battle can understand the overpowering things that can and do happen when the battle commences. In the past soldiers were stood up in front of a firing squad and mercifully executed in the mistaken belief in the 'acts of cowardice' reported.
Bobby, the Marine in this story is severely wounded in battle, he has friends killed right next to him, and he is discharged from the Marines because of his physical wounds, not for those mental wounds that are far greater. He is fortunate that he has a hole in which he can hide and exist as a Hermit, taking on the position of frightening young children and curiosity seekers. Fortunate for him his closest neighbors are two women who take him under their 'wings' and finally give him back his rightful place in the Community after healing his emotional imbalance.
Oh, did I mention that in the meantime they all fall in love, as expected in a tale by Bob L. Enjoy!