Alicanto

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Gail Hollyworth has lost her wedding ring. Her husband won't take too kindly to that, particularly because she probably left it in the bedroom of Highgate's handsome leather worker, Thom. Damndest thing, though - she doesn't remember taking it off while she was with him. Alicanto is the fifth story in the Bestiary Tales.
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Price: Free! USD

Words: 2,620
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301203420
About Allison Graham

Allison Graham is a longtime lover of literature. She read The Phantom Tollbooth in the third grade and has been determined to seek out and read intellectually stimulating books ever since. Fantasy and horror will forever hold a special place in her heart.

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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on April 03, 2013 :
Very interesting tale involving a mythical creature and the part it plays in a womans affairs. This was good stuff, a truly fascinating and gripping read with an excellent conclusion.

If more free short stories on smashwords were of this quality, then we would be able to save on the pennies and invest less in the high-street authors.
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Review by: Krysteen Damon on March 25, 2013 :
Simply amazing. Love the way it ended. It was just perfect.
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Review by: Rob Wilkins on March 14, 2013 :
Another of the author's Bestiary Tales, I found the author's employment of the myth here to be quite a creative approach, and the tale itself gripping from end to end. A few historical details lend some credibility to the story's setting, and the characters are entirely believable, whether you like them or not (mostly not). And if you haven't read the story yet, you should stop reading this review at this point.

** spoilers **

There were several things I enjoyed particularly about this tale, but the one that stood out most was the way that the mythic creature of the tale was used as an instrument, rather than as the star. I think it can be tempting to place the creature in the middle of the story in a very literal way, but in this case it's the creature's inadvertent impact, rather than the creature itself, that occupies center stage in the tale. That allows for what is definitely a much more interesting and compelling story than I think you'd get by approaching it the other way.

The conclusion, also, was excellent. There was a final echo of the involved creature, but there was also an emotional mix for the reader and character that I enjoyed a lot, and that after six times of trying, I've given up trying to explain. But if you've read it, you probably understand already, so I feel entirely justified in giving up.
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