Christina Hambleton

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Price: Free! Words: 31,800. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
It's a series of dreams, you see. Each different from the last. There's the halting tale of a regiment left to the mercies of a time and place no one will remember. The story of a detective who never tells the truth and a murder surrounded by lies too elaborate to unravel. And, of course, there's the haunting narrative of two artists who dare to take a bite of the fruit the ferryman offers them.

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  • From Man to Man on Nov. 18, 2012

    “Man to Man” is certainly an entertaining read, and a quick one at that. It centers around the well-worn tale of a man turned from an old life and seeking to forge a better one for the sake of his family—such a common theme that one can’t help but have their reservations about starting it. However, I was pleased to say that as I read the story it didn’t strike me as clichéd in the slightest. Emyrs deals with his character’s emotional conflict in a simple, straightforward manner—the protagonist never comes off as idealistic, or as a tragically jaded individual. Instead, he seems a man with understandable fact-of-life problems and a little trouble adjusting after the other life he led, and Emyrs portrays it in a down-to-earth, believable manner. Draven, the hero, creates as many of his own problems as life hands him, and it makes him easy to relate to. Of every element of the story, I found the authentic characters most enjoyable, and it was they who were the foundation of the story. The setting was interesting in that it was used only as needed. Description of it was sparse to the point of forcing the imagination to fill in a gap or two, but I was hardly bothered. There were no “dumps” of exposition, and the clues that the author did provide were very effective. Particularly well done was the manner in which the phrases and terms the characters used provided the reader with everything they needed to know about their world. Titles like “villager”, “feller”, and etc. weren’t otherworldly, yet they were used such that the reader felt placed in a setting familiar and different at once. A pointed example of Emrys’s tact in writing, the “Guild” was perhaps the biggest organization referred to in the narrative, and it was referenced only vaguely enough for the reader to understand its significance—redolent of the fact that to the protagonist it is but a memory, an element of the past. As far as other aspects of the story were concerned, the imagery wasn’t flowery or prevalent, but where used it was colorful enough to really get the point across. Draven’s stream of consciousness was equally as entertaining and useful, if a bit confusing in the persons or events it references at certain epochs. And the pacing was excellent-- quick, but suitable. Characterization shone as Draven shuffled through the problems of making ends meet and keeping from falling back into his old life, and everything was well developed with the small exception of his family, whom there perhaps could have been more of. Nevertheless, it was all very well written, and it’s the kind of read one makes all at once, sucked into the action of the tale. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable story.