In lieu of a prompt this week, I’ve decided to do this short story challenge instead!
The short: 3.5 ✦. A fascinating page-turner with a really cool plot (aliens!) that is soured by a terrible romance arc and logical inconsistencies.
“There are no coincidences in life. What person that wandered in and out of your life was there for some purpose, even if they caused you harm. Sometimes, it doesn’t make sense the short periods of time we get with people, or the outcomes from their choices. [ . . . ] Nothing is too small to be a mistake.”
― Shannon L. Alder
The short: 3/5 ✦. A quick read of a thriller without much substance, but uses well-written characters, a tight plot, and a twisty mystery to make up for it.
Or: Please don’t forget to proofread.
The short: 2/5 ✦. The main character is clearly in the wrong story, and the plot only survives due to a tenuous degree of suspense.
“Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them.”
— Joseph Heller
The short: 4/5 ✦. The most durable carton of milk you’ll ever read about.
Are you a morning person, a night owl, or whatever clichéd phrase in relation to the afternoon?
The short: 3.5/5 ✦. Standard existential novel fare; though well-written, it is both horrifyingly tragic and unrealistically contrived.
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