Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Review: Saga of a Middle-Aged Vampire: A Short Story
Saga of a Middle-Aged Vampire: A Short Story by Gayle Tiller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I had a nice review all written up and lost it when my internet hiccuped! DAMN YOU INTERNET!!
Disclosure: I do not know when or why I picked up this strange little story on Smashwords. It is no longer there, and I do not know if it can be found anywhere anymore.
Synopsis: Valerie is a vampire and her life is not going well. After two hundred years of marriage, her husband has left her for a younger woman. She's lost her good paying job and she's living in a basement.
Valerie decides to give online dating a try. To her disappointment, her Valentine's Day date is rude and obnoxious. Later that night, he is found murdered. The police come after Valerie for answers.
My Thoughts: Initially this was set to be a two-star review. I really disliked most of the characters - only the police officer, a minor character, was at all sympathetic. Valerie had really irritating issues with body image, Charles was just a jerk... you get the idea.
However, the last 10 pages changed everything. There is an amazing twist to the ending of this that I just loved. Only a wonderfully devious mind would come up with it, and I enjoyed that immensely. So, if you like a great twist ending, and don't mind people who think "thin is the only way to be", then see if you can find this fun little story.
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