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on June 19, 2013 :
W. Freedreamer Tinkanesh's "Army of Skeletons" was good, great, and disappointing. Yes, all of those descriptions, and more, were accurate given the multiple themes of the short story.
A GLBT love story in the alternative London music scene? Check. Good, kept my interest.
A horror story / fantasy? Check-minus. Without going into details and risking a spoiler, we took an incredible and sudden style turn in this story. The premise and contents of what is provided whetted my appetite. Problem is, there WASN'T any more!!
Tinkanesh attempted to cram a novella - maybe TWO novellas - into a short story. Can't be done. I think this needed to be at LEAST 5 times as long as it is to even begin to flesh out what's provided.
3 1/2 stars, rounded down to 3.
DISCLOSURE: This story was available for free on Smashwords, where I grabbed it without condition. It was not a gift, no review was promised, etc.
(review of free book)
Hydra M. Star
on Dec. 20, 2012 :
Tinkanesh takes us again into the world of London's music scene for this story. I wonder sometimes if in the back story for her characters if they all, from hir various tales, don't know one another in some way.
This time we witness a young musician as she find what could be the love of her life, or at least a good snogging partner, only to find herself suddenly trapped in a deal with the devil...or demon...or something similar.
I would have liked more detail on the nature of this 'other world' the characters find themselves, or at least their skeletons, pulled into, but over all this is a fun read and an original story. I give it big points for that.
(review of free book)