Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
A short story from the soon-to-be-released novel "Dancing With Strangers". A young victim of violence laments his predicament and the role his city has played in his life and downfall.
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Words: 1,690
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301881000
About Jamie J. Buchanan

Jamie J. Buchanan is based in Perth, Western Australia. He spent many years playing in rock bands, mostly loud, fast, heavy metal and hard rock bands - the sort your parents warned you about. But his first love has always been writing.

Jamie has had a short story “On My Goat” published by Cardigan Press in 2006 in the anthology “Allnighter” as well as having several short stories published on the Smashwords website for free download (www.smashwords.com).

The short story “Sanguine Saviour” won second place in the monthly “Darker Times” competition (www.darkertimes.co.uk) and was included in the inaugural Darker Times anthology as well.

The short story “The Woman on the Pavement” is published in an upcoming Editor’s Choice anthology by Stringybark Press called "Hitler Did It".

Jamie's short story "Battle of Wits" has won the Raspberry and Vine short story comp for 2012 - you can read it here:

Jamie enjoys the films of Robert Rodriguez, The Coen Brothers and Guy Richie, music by Bad Religion, Muse, The Offspring, Clutch, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica, and books by James Ellroy, Irvine Welsh, Chuck Palahniuk and Stephen King. His only hates are people who talk about themselves in the third person. And Brussel Sprouts. He hates Brussel Sprouts.

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Review by: Silja Hare on Oct. 18, 2012 :
i've let you know about some grammatical errors - those have no impact on my review (i hate autocorrect too!). this story has the potential for serious impact but it's diluted a bit with too much detail. there's too much going on while, at the same time, i'm left wondering "who is this person and why is he in the gutter?" for too long. is he a car crash victim? did he get caught with someone wife? someone's daughter? someone's dog? was it a bar fight gone wrong? was it the cops? and, most importantly, "did he deserve it?"

right now, it gives me the visuals of an MTV video - cut to the lead! cut to the drummer! cut to the booty girls! back to the lead! cut to some random image of dandelion fluff!. pared down more and with more emphasis on anchoring the scene and anchoring the character's emotions, this would make a wicked pulp fiction/film noir type read.
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Review by: David Blake on Oct. 17, 2012 :
I was worried when I spotted an error just five words into this piece that it might be amateurish, but thankfully that was just a momentary slip-up - the story is generally well written with depth, characterisation and ideas. Some of the narrative didn't strike me as the sort of stuff a dying man would think, but what do I know, I haven't reached that stage yet.
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Review by: Annie Haq on Sep. 21, 2012 :
the narrative is powerful; the scene gruesome.
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