Monday, January 03, 2005


"Home" by Gerald So, Shots Magazine, Autumn 2004.

Gerald So is fiction editor for Thrilling Detective and a fellow blogger. It's nice to get a chance to review the work of someone who has dissected my own work and helped me turn it into something special. His writing proves that he can not only tell others how, he can do it himself.

Tom Gregory is an ex-Marine coming home to see his sister after a prolonged absence. He uses the death of Irene, the woman who served as their surrogate mother after the loss of their own parents as an excuse to make the trip and possibly endure Lisa's scorn for his neglect.

I particularly liked the scene where Lisa finds Tom on her doorstep. Gerald shows the joy of reunion tempered by the resentment and anger brought on by what Lisa must see as his abandonment of her and Irene.

Tom, in spite of his extended non-communication, still loves his sister and wants to see her happy. Something makes him think she isn't, so he decides to hang around and find out what's really going on.

Tom's love for his sister isn't just lip service in spite of the unemotional way he deals with their reunion. We know he's just repressing these feelings of love and guilt by the action he takes, putting his own life in jeopardy to improve hers.

In short, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to Gerald's next story.


At 7:26 AM, Blogger Gerald So said...

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At 7:31 AM, Blogger Gerald So said...

Thanks much for the read, Bob. I was glad to flesh the story out with the help of Charlie Stella--who read an earlier version for Hardluck Stories Zine--and Sarah Weinman--who kept a light on at SHOTS through three months of revision.

Thanks also to Ray Banks, Jim Winter, and Dave White, who read the story in various stages.

I'm curious to see what readers think.

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Megan said...

We readers think it's just awful. :) Looking forward to chatting about it next weekend.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Ray said...

Something I've always admired about G's short fiction (and I'll mention this ad nauseam when we all have a chinwag) is his brevity. Just shows his poet nature to bring everything down to a succinct level.

At 2:01 AM, Blogger Gerald So said...

Thank you kindly, Ray. I should mention the chat Megan and Ray are talking about takes place Sunday, the 9th, open to members of DetecToday.

Ray, Megan, Sarah Weinman, and I will be discussing Ray's story "Seductive Barry"--available in Magan's e-zine Shred of Evidence, and previously reviewed here--also "Home" and other topics of the day.

Visit for more info.

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Megan said...

And here we were trying to be all coy and mysterious....

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