The Golden Mask

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
The elderly caretakers of a graveyard struggle with poverty and a curse that could save them from their plight.
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Price: Free! USD
Words: 3,600
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310571220
About James M M Baldwin

James M M Baldwin writes speculative fiction with an enthusiastic view of the interaction between science and humanity. His science fiction and fantasy writing interjects a study of spiritual self-awareness and its influence on the natural environment and the universe. Adding to the relationship between human nature and enlightenment, the occasional rocket ship and alien creature color his imaginary worlds. James is an author, artist, musician, and paranormal investigator. He is an active participant in the Nebraska Writers Workshop and lives in Omaha with his wife and children and their dog Flash, cat Wink, and two ferrets Merlin and Magic.

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Review by: David Blake on July 16, 2014 :
A nice idea. This story poses one very big question and never even attempts to answer it, yet succeeds in spite of that, nor does it fall into the trap of dwelling too much upon that question. The characters are clear and the writer has worked hard to imbue the piece with vivid description.
At times, though, the description seemed forced rather than natural (eg "Gilda shivered beneath a faded blue blanket, gazing at the small dancing flame.") and it tends to spell the details out rather than suggest them. The setting of a run-down old cottage in a graveyard afforded many opportunities for great imagery, which were generally spurned.
A generous 4 out of 5, rather than a solid 4 out of 5.
(review of free book)

Review by: James Jenkins on July 06, 2014 :
Not particularly good or bad. It never felt like it could have been real.
(review of free book)

Review by: tony parsons on April 08, 2014 :
Gilda looked at the golden mask on her husband’s Wayne West face. The 2 had been married 60 yrs. She pondered how much it might be worth. He was buried with it on.
Cool book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written mysterious thrilling short story (book). It was very easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. No grammar errors, repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could make a great mystery movie or mini TV series. No doubt in my mind a very easy rating of 5 stars for this short story (book).
Thank you for the free short story (book)
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
(review of free book)

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