Isaac's Bible (a flash fiction story)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 6 reviews
Why is it every fifty-five and a half years on the solstice, children in Florence Parish start to go missing only to turn up with no memory of the event on the day after?

(Addressing some of my initial reviews, I have updated the story. The sentence structure and astromathematics remain unchanged but my misleading descriptors are updated or properly hyphenated. My thanks for the suggestions.)
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Words: 1,270
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301037827
About Sherry Donacy

Sherry Donacy was born in the heart of the Deep South to Protestant ministers. As she grew, her parents' bigoted and often psychologically abusive beliefs came more and more into conflict with her own. At an early age -- despite being on her high school's honor roster and having several scholarship offers -- she ran as far away as she could and was homeless for several years on the streets of Seattle. Eventually, with the help of a local Wiccan priestess, Sherry realized her potential and acquired her GED. Sherry works as a notary and wedding officiant, though writing has always been her creative outlet. She has a vast portfolio of unpublished and forthcoming works with Isaac's Bible being the first release.

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Review by: Lorna Smith on Jan. 14, 2014 :
Wonderful short story with a lot of feeling. I've read a lot of these in my lifetime and this is one of the best. Definitely a 5 star.
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Review by: Jeff McDargh on Oct. 16, 2013 :
Great story, love the atmosphere and feel.
The face you went with a male perspective I found interesting.
Looking forward to more.
P.S. thanks for the review honest and constructive without being nasty
And I found a great author
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Review by: Rish Outfield on Sep. 30, 2013 : (no rating)
This is a very short tale, but there's a lot of story in it. It could probably double in length and not feel at all padded out.

I really liked the descriptions throughout, the sound of the frogs, the mystery of what was happening and why. Not a lot of it is explained in the end, and that, to me anyway, is a lot closer to how life really works, where you never know the whole story, and nobody's there to tie it all up with a pretty bow at the end.

Still, I wanted to know more. I wanted to know why. I wanted to know how the main character felt about it all. That's a criticism, I suppose, but it's also a compliment. To leave your readers wanting more is way better than leaving them wishing it had ended a while before.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Sep. 22, 2013 :
I actually really liked this short story of a strange unexplainable and eerie phenomenom that haunts the Florish Parish every fifty-five and a half years. With lines such as: "Fog clung to the stagnant water like a veil and the swampfire played its eerie game of hide and seek around the mangroves." this was a really good atmosheric and well written read.

Well done...and most enjoyable

P.S_I'm glad too see from the review below by Mick Carter that you've taken his advice and changed the odd bit here and there. A lot of writers would ignore this advice...so well done you.
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Review by: Michael Carter on Sep. 19, 2013 : (no rating)
Just an addendum to my review below; Sherry Donacy has taken note of some of my comments and implemented them into a new version of her story. To me, that is a sign of a serious writer, who takes on board constructive criticism, and uses it in their writing.

Also, on a personal note, I gave Sherry's story a three-star review, and she promptly reviewed one of my own stories, giving it a fantastic five stars. It would have been easy, in that position, to have reviewed my work with bias, which Sherry, professionally, has not done. Many authors often reward a poor or average review with a poor or average review, no matter the quality of the work.

So Isaacs Bible is still a three star story [but with corrections], but from a five star author. Welcome to smashwords, Sherry, and I look forward to reading more of your work.
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Review by: Michael Carter on Sep. 17, 2013 :
This is an interesting idea - children are going missing every 55.5 years, which is every 666 moons. A local sheriff discovers this is down to the [cool-named] Madame Sanguinous.

However, I wasn't convinced by the writing; the sentence-structure was a bit clunky, and the grammar was a bit off. Several times I had to re-read phrases to understand them, "dark skinned child" in particular has a different meaning if you don't hyphenate.

But this wasn't bad, and I liked the description of the swampfire in the mangroves.

[A really pedantic point; technically a moon cycle lasts 28 - 29.5 days, so there are 13 moon cycles per year. This makes the time-frame here of 666 moons corresponding with 55.5 years a bit off; it would be nearer to 51 years. But this is Smashwords and not Smashastromathematics!]

Not bad.
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