Martin's Pond

Rated 4.10/5 based on 10 reviews
For years Martin has biked into the coastal hills to bask in solitude beside a remote pond. When a strange woman begins to visit 'his' refuge, Martin tries to scare her away ... but takes matters a step too far. More
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  • Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
  • Words: 4,400
  • Language: American English
  • ISBN: 9781476330198
About Steve Masover

I’m an author, activist, and recovering information technologist. I hail from Chicago, but my family relocated to the Bay Area in 1970 so I’ve spent most of my life in California. My short fiction has appeared in Garo, Stoneboat Literary Journal, Five Fingers Review, and Christopher Street. I also share screenplay credit for an anti-apartheid movement documentary, "Soweto to Berkeley" (Cinema Guild, 1988). I write, organize as a grassroots activist, and study Tai Chi Chuan in Berkeley, California.

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Andrew Eddy reviewed on July 4, 2012

The author's strong gift for characterization shines through in this compelling revisit of the themes treated in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. A moving short read. I'm eager to see more from Steve Masover...
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Miranda Weingartner reviewed on June 17, 2012

Masover has a keen eye for detail and writes beautiful prose. He lulls us into the calm of a summer afternoon and then shatters our peace just as he shatters his protagonist's.

And that is the gift. We are not separate from the prose - what happens to Martin is happening to us. Masover takes us into the darker recesses of the mind and heart and makes the unimaginable not only plausible, but just as likely to happen to us as to Martin.

Read Martin's Pond... if you dare.
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Adolfo Barajas reviewed on June 15, 2012

"Martin's Pond" is a sharply crafted, deeply tragic story. The main character is as ill at ease in the world around him as any outsider could be, his discomfort at once familiar and disturbing. We all know a Martin or two- in fact, sometimes we ourselves are Martin-like. It is this realization, that any of us is quite capable of Martin's ultimate antisocial act,, that makes this story so poignant, so horrifying and oddly beautiful. Mr. Masover's careful telling and vivid imagery make Martin's Pond a gripping and complex tale, one to entice and frighten us in the maner of Du Maurier, Poe, and Hitchcock.
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Stephanie Carroll reviewed on June 15, 2012

This story really intrigued me. I was taken by the strange and suggestive descriptions, especially the carcass scene, and the way I slowly realized things about the character and his decisions. This author has a website that includes information about a novel he did that sounds interesting.
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Dan Berger reviewed on June 14, 2012

"Martin's Pond" is as much an invitation to follow the workings of the main character's mind as it is a conventional narrative. In this case, the main character is Martin--a tall, awkward, social outcast possessing an unspecified pervasive developmental disorder. Martin find's solace in routine and solitude, both of which converge at the pond that is his personal refuge. But when an intruder disrupts his peace of mind and sense of entitlement to the pond, Martin' plans to make things right again go terribly wrong.

Author Steve Masover does a wonderful job of drawing a portrait of a man trying to find his way in a world that mostly operates using a different neurological operating system than his own. The result is an unsettling tale that begs many questions and answers few, leaving the reader to form their own conclusions. There are a few more ten dollar words in Masover's prose than some will feel are absolutely necessary, and some will be frustrated by the lack of closure offered up by the tale's conclusion, but these are minor complaints in an otherwise well-crafted story.
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Kristina Eschmeyer reviewed on June 13, 2012

Martin’s Pond is a thought-provoking and beautifully written story. Martin is an intriguing character, memorable and complex enough that after reading this I’d love to see him in a full-length novel. I enjoyed being immersed in the author’s rich descriptions of the landscape where this wonderfully dark story takes place.
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Lindy Gligorijevic reviewed on June 13, 2012

This author has an ability to describe something that has happened to all of us (the cut thumb) in such a way that it's as if it's the first time it's ever happened. What a gift to be able to take a description of a bandaid and turn it into a complete picture of a man's life ('black with sweat-salt and country dust'). I also loved the details of the birds - I really felt like I knew this place, this life.
I've had the great fortune to read other works by this author and this is just a taste of what he can do!
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Steven Long reviewed on June 13, 2012

This is a good story - it has a nice sense of creepy inevitability about it. I would have liked to know more about the roots of the main character's feelings, though I think his personality itself does a good part of the job. The writing is very good, but sometimes I thought the language was unnecessarily complex.
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casey hammond reviewed on June 11, 2012

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Matthew Felix Sun reviewed on June 9, 2012

This is a suffocating story, as it suppose to be. The main character, Martin, a social misfit, in a moment of miscalculation, made a terrible mistake - a situation we all have had in our lives, if not as drastic and irreversible. This short story, contained surprisingly much background information, left a harrowing feeling for me, particularly after the haunting last paragraph.

The prose by Masover was hard and driven, with momentary respite, powerfully flinty, some less than truly satisfying depiction of minor characters aside.
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