Monday, December 06, 2004

Cold Fire

"Cold Fire" by Cathy Myers, Hardluck Stories, Fall, 2004

Unlike most of the stories that I've reviewed so far, this one had no speed-bumps, nothing that threw me back into the real world. Smoothly written . . . I was going to say easy to read, but somehow that doesn't seem right. Easy in the sense that the prose flowed, but not easy emotionally.

This is a story that turned all of my expectations around. It wasn't until the ninth paragraph that I suspected Maxy was a woman. It wasn't until the twelfth paragraph that I knew she was a woman. The whole story was like that, the author leading you on, letting you make your conventional assumptions, then turning them around.

This is an emotional story, not of emotions expressed, but of emotions repressed. They are there, hidden beneath the surface, roiling and conflicting, but you don't realize it until the end. Then you get hit between the eyes with a 2x4.

This is a story that's going to stay with me a while.


At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You write in words what a reader feels and cannot express after reading this story, especially the last three paragraphs of your comments.

At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review, Bob. You write--sometimes it works--sometimes it doesn't. It's great when it does. Dave liked the story when I sent it to him and passed it on to Al. They have both been great support! Love your new blog.

Cathy - the author of COLD FIRE

At 10:44 AM, Blogger Cat said...

COLD FIRE C Rowe-Myers

Since your review, Cold Fire has been sold to a short story anthology. Thanks again for the great review.

"Cold Fire" C Rowe-Myers

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