Friday, December 28, 2012
Review - Blink by Bradley Convissar
SHORT STORY REVIEW
I love short stories. There is something keenly satisfying about picking up a short story and knowing that before you are through, you will have payback. I wish there were more short stories out there. Well, I suppose there, and I just need to get out there and find them.
My love of the short story began when I was quite young and sleeping over my grandma's house. I always read my grandma's books and had just finished Jaws (yep, granny had a taste for a thriller or two). I decided to look for another book and discovered Stephen King's "Night Shift." I admit, I was pulled in by the cover. It was a picture of a heavily bandaged hand with eyes on it. That was enough for me. I began to read. In a word or three...it was love. I have devoured short stories ever since from romantic to horror. It is a nice way to spend a short amount of time. Anyway, I decided to share my reviews of the shorties I come across here.
Blink by Bradley Convissar
Info from Goodreads:
Meet dentist Brian Mallory. He's always considered himself a grounded man. A rational man. A reasonable man. But what he finds in the mouth of nineteen year old Amy Gladwell one afternoon during a routine cleaning makes him begin to question his own sanity.
It's amazing how quickly everything can change in a a blink of an eye.
From the author of the Pandora's Children collection of short stories, the novellas Dogs of War and King of the Merge, and the short story Last Dance of a Black Widow, comes Blink, a chilling, 3500 word short story about a simple day gone horribly wrong.
I picked this up for free via Barnes & Noble for my Nook. When I grabbed it, I didn't realize it was a short story, although the cover pic certainly states it. It was free and it looked kind of creepy, and that worked for me. I loved that it was a short story. We need more short stories. I actually forgot it was on my Nook until standing in a long line at the post office. This was the perfect read for that line.
It was a quick science fiction type story. I liked how the story flowed without really knowing what was going on until the very last bit. Having once worked in a dental office, I liked the idea of a little thriller in that setting. The doc was the perfect pic of dentists I worked with in the past. The ones who work with the young really do develop kind of like a caring uncle thing. They see these kids grow up. Dr. Mallory was like that. He is picking up the slack in the office and filling in for the hygienist when one of his long time patients, Amy comes in. Things go from every day to not so much. I do not want to spoil anything here soooo stop reading now.
Or continue...I kind of wish Amy was completely unaware. I would have liked that better. It was a good story though, and I will definitely look for more from the author.
Blink is available for free download from Barnes & Noble and Amazon right now.