April 2018 Reviews

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  1. Sometimes the stories that win for me are those that have a ring of familiarity. They remind me of something I have felt or thought of before. That is certainly the case in the stories I gave points to this month.

    I gave my 5 point vote to ExpatAngie for “Dancing in the Moonlight.” In my notes I have written: “Wow. This is your genre! Evocative.” This took me back to my childhood. Something about the simple quatrains, the imagery, and the fairies. I’m not sure if I ever actually believed in fairies, but I certainly hoped there were such creatures when I was young. If you have book aspirations, Angie, with the right illustrator this might be a lovely children’s book.

    My three points went to Giselle’s “Sixty Minutes.” When this actually happened in Hawaii, I wondered myself, how I would react, what I would do, how I might be changed? No doubt some were devastated and traumatized and some came through with a new appreciation for life. Of course the writing, as always was brilliant: Figurative language (Some people discard their lives like old clothes), Imagery (“Irish mammies” trying “to phone the legions of their diaspora.”), Characterization (My other half finally had butter on her toast.) It’s all there. But also heart. I sense that you have not only embraced your new Irish home, but also that you have been embraced by it.

    “Strange Normalcy”, Christopher’s entry was philosophical in its scope, taking me to questions that I myself have asked. What is real? When things change, what happens to what was there before. I suppose it is my age, but I find myself grappling with existence in the same way that Christopher’s protagonist does. The writing as always was excellent and multidimensional.

    “The Abandoned Farmhouse” by Colemore is reworking of an earlier entry. The story is clever and I think a little tighter than the original which is good. Colemore uses some clever foreshadowing to create a properly creepy mood.

    Who could not love Araminta’s Monty Mouse? This story actually helps put her Christmas poem in context! Since this gives us two poems this month, perhaps we should have more open topic months. I would not want to insist in any month that everyone write poetry, but it is a refreshing and fun fare, a joyful dessert after our regular menu of prose.

    “That’s What Friends are For” is an ironic title for this tragedy. Atiller gives us a life for a life exchange here that is anything but justice. Most disturbing to me was the fact that the protagonist didn’t seem to grasp that his self-sacrifice was not warranted. Well written and a thought-provoking exploration of justice.

    Charles Stuart’s genre is science fiction, but his gift is science fiction with a twist, and “Catbrain’s Cat’s Brain” is a perfect example. His stories are original, quirky, and funny. The notion of aliens installing a device controlled by a cat’s brain to keep Catbrain Hill from collapsing is so unique it could only come from Charles. Loved it.

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    1. Thank you for the reviews, Mum, which were very interesting and I’m pleased you enjoyed more of the Monty Ballad.

      I think your idea is very much to my taste. I also like the poetry – it makes a change to both read and write something poetic from time to time.

      I don’t think there is a way to give a link to your reviews on the header menu, as it is a blog post rather than a page. I followed your link from Bleda’s Bar so I hope others find it too!

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