Letters to a File

Rated 4.40/5 based on 5 reviews
Folders in a storage room tell the story of a civilization's fall.
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About James Hampton

James Hampton is a writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy stories, although he enjoys writing, and reading, in a wide variety of genres.

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Review by: JQDahiya on Aug. 12, 2017 :
A creepy little story (and I mean that as praise). Hair raising in the blandness of the Letters that go into the File. You sit there at the end, wondering exactly what the crime was supposed to be, as you see the crime that results from ... Compliance.
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Review by: Karen on May 24, 2016 :
I liked the story and the time spans of the three people mentioned in it. I was wondering how she could maintain her 'real self' as she steadily climbed the ladder. Needless to say I didn't like the ending but it was inevitable based on the progression of her life. I still feel such sadness as I think about her and where she ended up in the end.
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Review by: James Jenkins on July 30, 2015 :
The story is more of a personal narrative than the intro implies, overall not bad.
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Review by: Michael Carter on May 2, 2013 :
This is a great story. To dwell on the plot too much would give the game away, and half of the pleasure of this story is the inevitable anticipation towards the ending. A woman of the near-future begins a new job and, through the years, as she is promoted through the ranks, her responsibilities become more troubling.

This is pretty excellent, actually; I can barely fault it. The writing is crisp, stylish and intelligent, the story compelling and cleverly done, and the ending, though I was waiting for a familiar twist [although of what kind I wasn't sure], was perhaps more effective in its quiet mood and contemplation; not so much a twist but inevitable and satisfying, adhering to the internal logic of the story.

This excellent tale has lingered in my brain. I look forward eagerly to reading more of James Hampton's work.
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Review by: Terry Fletcher on April 17, 2013 :
This book is to a novel as five artfully taken snapshots are to a movie. A well crafted tribute to the ways both a society and a single person can lose their humanity. An emotionally moving short piece.
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