June 12, 2009

Review #21 – Serial – Jack Kilborn & Blake Crouch and Death Will Clean Your Closet – Elizabeth Zelvin

Posted in DelGals books, e-books, fiction, horror, Review at 3:22 am by reviewsonbooks

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Reading can be a delightful adventure, and reading a good story for free only enhances the fun. Unfortunately, good free reading can tend to be few and far between, if you don’t take a visit to your local library. It also seems, from what I’ve experienced as a reader and reviewer, that the flashy best-sellers are sometimes pricey, and the not-so-good titles given away are of course, free.

I also have noticed that I am personally not a big fan of the short story because I feel somehow cheated of a more elaborately created story, as if there’s always something missing or more to say. But fortunately I’ve discovered two short stories both well written, intriguing until the end, and of course the best part is – they’re free and easily accessible on the Internet.

The first story is entitled Serial, written by Jack Kilborn and Blake Crouch, and has an interesting and creepy concept, which is an excellent twist on the “normal” life rules with regards to safety and behavior. We’ve all been told never to pick up hitchhikers, just in case they’re psycho, and we’ve likewise been warned the opposite is true, one should never attempt to hitch a ride, just in case…
But what might happen if neither person pays attention to the “rule” and both of them are psychos? Readers can find out the answer to this horrific tale, by pointing their browser to author Blake Crouch’s website at http://www.blakecrouch.com/serialchapter.shtml.
But please heed this warning, this story is gory, shocking and brutal at times, a must for horror fans, but definitely not for the faint of heart.

The second story has a bit of a different plot twist and is less gory, but nonetheless eerie, by psychotherapist and author, Elizabeth Zelvin, entitled Death Will Clean Your Closet. Fairly new to sobriety after being an alcoholic for many years, Bruce finally gets a chance one Saturday morning to clean out his walk-in closet. Unfortunately, not only does he find some bugs, he discovers the body of a woman laying on top of a pile of garbage bags filled with his clothes he planned on donating to charity someday. But as if that wasn’t strange enough, while Bruce is on the phone relaying this to his friends, he goes back to take another look at the body before he calls the police, and the body is no where to be found. What exactly is going on, is it related to his recent sobriety or is there something else going on? Death Will Clean Your Closet can be downloaded off of Ms. Zelvin’s site at http://www.elizabethzelvin.com/Books.htm.

March 14, 2009

Review # 2 – Soul Mate – Ana Star

Posted in e-books, horror, Manic Readers, Review at 12:00 pm by reviewsonbooks

This review was originally posted on Manic Readers

Soul Mate
by Ana Star

Release Date: 10/28/08
Publisher: Mystic Moon Press
Genre: Horror
ISBN:
Pages: 15
Format: E-Book
List Price: 1.29
Author Page: Ana Star
MR Reviewer: Lynette
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Lonely teenager, Devon, has an after school ritual of stopping by at a convenience store for a soda and a rest on the outside sidewalk. But a seemingly normal day is interrupted by the sudden appearance of Silia an “odd girl” by Devon’s standards. What does this girl want from Devon, and how is it that she has such a good knack at appearing and then suddenly disappearing without leaving a trace?

Despite Soul Mates extremely short length, and not quite appropriate title, this story packs a punch of emotions that leads the reader on a bittersweet journey of life and untimely death. Ana Star captures the reader’s interest right in the beginning with the connecting of two lonely individuals as one of them mysteriously appears to the other, and sends the other, and the reader, on an interesting course towards ultimately finding out the almost unbelievable, but sad truth.