Thursday, August 1, 2013

Short Story Reviews

The Break In is about Gordon and Antonia, one a follower the other an instigator. Angst and teenage hormones goads them to break into the principal’s office to check their school files. A childhood prank, started on a whim, which turns into a life-changing event.
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Excellent writing combined with great storytelling makes this short story a delight. Carrie Russell paints the scenes with words that immediately involve the reader, hooking me like a fish on a line. A truly great read.

And even better, The Break-In is a prequel to Ms. Russell's full length novel Drowning Cactus, a poignant, funny and touching story about the ache that comes from fighting into adulthood, busting out of too small boxes, and tearing away from friendships that don't fit anymore.

Don’t miss it. Highly recommend!


Lothar is a sorcerer bent on self-destruction. He knows his drug addiction is a death sentence but still he can't stop.
Desperate clients hire him to find their daughter and Lothar decides to take the case, do the minimum necessary, and use the money to further his addiction. But for the first time in years, the drugs take second place in his life and finding the young woman becomes paramount. 
But, always, around the corner, in a weak moment, the lure of nepenthe is there, calling to him in a soft, luring voice. Finding the woman will save two lives: hers and Lothar's as well.
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What a supreme read this is! It pulled me in from the start by giving me a likable character with great flaws. Lothar had to change. I wanted him to change. So much so, that I bonded with him and then was absolutely hooked. My investment was unconditional.

Sean McLachlan's world building had all the elements of a master storyteller. Excellent reading with very few (if any!) problems. Truly a delight!

Big Thumbs UP!


  1. I have Sean's book and hope to read it soon.

  2. those both sound like exciting stories! one yothful and innocent gone wrong, the other dark but with a glimpse of hope! thanks! will check them out!

  3. I'll definitely check these out! These sound good.

  4. I've seen QofA advertised elsewhere, and really love the premise. Thanks for the suggestions.



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