Sunday, February 17, 2013

Itty Bitties! - Short Story Reviews

Welcome to another Itty Bitty Post, where I review three short stories that are all very different in genre. Got to mix it up a little bit once in a while!

There is a romance shorty titled 'Gypsy Bond', by Lindy Corbin, a short fairytale type story 'Drowning' provided by the author Yianna Yiannacou, and 'Transfection', a science fiction title written by David Gaughran.

Title: Gypsy Bond
Author: Lindy Corbin
Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Source: Amazon
Purchase: Amazon

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At sixteen, Juliet Bailey was hand-fasted to the gypsy, Marko, but when the tribe moved on, she was left behind. For years, she has endured snubs and snide remarks whispered behind lace fans. Now that the gypsies have returned, she demands her rightful place beside her husband.

Marko, who returned to Derbyshire to lay aside his memories of their rash affair, refuses to acknowledge the union. Though attracted to her still, he is convinced that her happiness lies in taking a husband who is her peer.

Stung by Marko’s rejection, will Juliet choose the path that will separate them forever?

I downloaded this during a free promotion on Amazon. Though I did enjoy the story, because of how short it was, the reconnection between Marko and Juliet did not ring as true to me as if there had been more page time to really explore their unresolved feelings for each other. In fact, Marko was really standoffish, and downright cold to Juliet when they met again. There was very little indication that Juliet still held a strong place in his heart after the time they spent apart.

Though I was glad for the ending that they both got, the depth of their feelings for each other did not feel as believable to me as I would have wished. There wasn't enough character development for me to really connect with the male protagonist and see him for the knight in shining armor that he became in the end.

I did enjoy this writer's writing style though, and would be quite inclined to pick up another romance written by her.

Title: Drowning
Author: Yianna Yiannacou
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 13, 2010
Source: Author
Purchase: Free on Smashwords

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True beauty lies within. A short fairytale written after reading The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. The inspiration for this story.

This is a sweet, beautiful short story of a princess that learns about her true worth the hard way. In fairy tales, that is usually through magical and unconventional means.

I enjoyed the premise of the story. Princess thinks she is plain and wants true love. But because she doesn't believe that she is beautiful, she doesn't think that she will ever meet someone that will want to marry her because they truly care for her. In her mind, they won't see past her plain looks. It takes a magical entrapment at the bottom of a pond before this story fully realizes itself, and our princess finally realizes that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, and that it resides within oneself.

Another reviewer stated that this tale would do well as a children's illustrated fairy tale, and I have to completely 100% agree.

The author provided me with a free copy to read for review but you can download it for free from Smashwords. The link is provided next to the book cover above.

Title: Transfection
Author: David Gaughran
Publisher: Arriba Arriba Books
Release Date: May 20, 2011
Source: Amazon
Purchase: Amazon

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Molecular biologist Dr. Carl Peters is under pressure on two fronts: his research grants are disappearing and his marriage is falling apart. But when medical researchers discover that genetically modified animal feed has tainted the food chain, he finally gets the funding he always dreamed of.

Dr. Peters discovers the reason behind the cancer link with GM food, but it's so crazy, he barely believes it himself.

Transfection is a 5,700 word, 23-page old-school science fiction story, starring a molecular biologist who makes a discovery that shocks the world, only to find his life under threat. It takes in militant vegans, corruption, homelessness, university politics, radiation, the celebrity-obsessed media, and a shadowy conspiracy.

This is another short story I downloaded from Amazon on a free promotion. I didn't particularly care for it, but didn't totally dislike it either.

I did not relate to the main character nor completely cared for the plot of this story as it developed, though I did find the blurb interesting, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered to download it in the first place. It just didn't deliver fully to my expectations of what I hoped this story would be. 

There was a lack of suspense building as this story evolved, when the plot should have been filled with it. It was an interesting idea. There were interesting characters. But the execution of both aspects was quite 'Meh'. The ending of this story was also a big let down for me. Not sorry that I read it, but I am glad that I did get it for free. 



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