Michelle MacIsaac


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Smashwords book reviews by Michelle MacIsaac

  • Burdens: A Short Story on March 09, 2013
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    A much more lighthearted story than the other works of this above average writer. I would have liked more story told. Where will they go on their first date? How will Alice handle a ready made family of twin boys (I wanted so badly to read more about those babies!) It was nice to read that Alice's family apparently is aware of her homosexuality and does not heckle her about it. I was prepared to dislike her cousin Elaine and her Aunt Sue, but the author obviously didn't want "villains" in this story. It's just a sweet romance about two women whose lives have been difficult. I would give it 5 stars but I think it ended too soon. I'm sure there is more to their story!
  • Our House: A short story on March 09, 2013

    This is a very violent and upsetting short story about a woman who is raped and tortured by a serial sadist/killer. It's too real for me to want to read it ever again. I would give it a lower rating if not for the ending, which {SPOILER} could be one of the most justified endings I've ever read. It's too real and too brutal up to the end. The violence isn't overly done and the tale is told from the victim's pov, which makes it easier to bear and gives you a character to care about even though her fate is apparent from the first. Like all victims of evil, she will go on to better things while the evil killer will receive his "reward" in due time. I don't know if this kind of thing could garner a readership. Then again, Alice Seibold's novel The Lovely Bones is a similar work, with a murder victim becoming the heroine. The author of this story makes "Amelia" a hero even though I would have liked more explanation about how her demeanor contributed to the mistakes her killer makes that get him captured and brought to proper justice.