Have always been a wannabe writer. I've journaled most of my life, written a fair amount of poetry, and dabbled in a short story or two. My dream is to write a fiction novel but have yet to find it in me.
This e-book is without a doubt worth buying. I give the story 5 stars. When I found out about it, it was on the co-author's (Jon Crosby) website, and it was only available as a physical copy. I was definitely interested in buying the book but the price was a little too steep for me, though it was a limited hardcover edition. When I saw I now had the opportunity to read it, the fact that it was available here was like a gift from the authors and I thank them for it.
It's a tale that gives some insight into what it's like being in a band and there is an interesting dynamic between the members. It is set in a future where the explosion of a nuclear silo has changed the face of the Earth and the internet practically controls the souls of the majority of the remaining population. I can see the frustration behind the words, with the state of the music industry and how illegal downloading can diminish the value of an artist's work down to just about nothing. The gist of the story serves as a kind of warning to where we could be heading now as a society. About the only things this future sees as worth something are sex, porn, exploitaton, and murder. Snuff is legal. It's sad in so many ways.
I would have liked to have had a hardcopy on my bookshelf (I'm old fashioned that way) to add to my collection of favorite stories to reflect back on. Maybe someday it will be re-released and accessible in bookstores. It sure is good enough to be.
This story has gotten a number of positive reviews with good reason. It is tastefully and beautifully done, and draws attention to a little known historical fact of how women were viewed and treated in the nineteenth century. Sometimes people are just drawn together. It is part of the mystery of love. To have expanded on the relationship between the main character and her doctor would have required a full length novel, and though it would have been enjoyable to learn of that two year period spent together as their relationship developed, as a short story, it still felt powerful and stirring.
For the first time in my life I can say that I literally couldn't put this book down. I started it in the evening and read so long I didn't want to go to bed for the night. Two sittings is all it took to take in this sad, sometimes unbelievable, important account. We are right there as this woman is struggling with all her might to disentangle her mind from deceit, illusion, and cruel mental and emotional manipulation. I have a close friend who lived through a relationship very similar, and only now do I truly see the agony she went through, especially with children involved. It doesn't matter if this strikes a chord or not, the information contained here is invaluable. It will enlighten and also help prepare any potentially unsuspecting person by clueing them into this kind of behavior and treatment. The havoc it wreaks is staggering.
Have never read Karen Chance before, and this is a good introduction to her writing. For anyone not yet familiar with this talented author, give The Day of the Dead a try. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.
I like the concept, but it did leave me with a need for more of the story. There is such a mystery surrounding the Zodiac, it would be great to expand and explore that. But as a short, the characters were vivid and it was fun to read about their brief experience with the bar and grill. This piece has a Stephen King feel to it.