Oct 11 - Post
Hot and Hauned
This was a disappointed for me. I'm not sure if its because I read an advanced reader's edition and thus something got lost in the digital world, or if the stories really did just end as abruptly as they did, but none felt like there was a resolution.
Of the three, Megan Hart's "Nothing Else Matters" was the most interesting, though it felt under developed due to its length. The world she created, and the character of Lira in particular, was definitely intriguing. I wanted to know what made Lira immune, what the sickness was(which sounded a lot like the Rage Virus from 28 Days/Weeks Later) and what happened after.
Lauren Hawkeye's "Pick Me Up" was confusing, uncomfortable and rather distasteful to me. I'm not sure what the point of it was. Holly was either a pathological liar, a psycho or got her jollies by being recklessly suicidal. She spins story after story--she's a high paid stripper, her and her boyfriend kill hapless morons who pick her up for sex, she's the jilted woman (twice! Two different men cheated on her WITH THE SAME WOMAN) and at the end I'm left wondering if maybe she's just insane.
Saranna DeWylde's "Little Red's Big Bad" definitely engaged me. This one falls short because of its length as well (each story is under 40pgs each) so when it got going it was almost over and then well it was over.
Were these meant to be teasers for longer works? Does anyone know? If not "Pick Me Up" in particular had to have been missing the last bit of story because it literally ends with a car pulling up, the guy Holly just screwed getting worried and Holly shrugging her shoulders and saying 'Ah that would be my boyfriend'.