Friday, 16 May 2014

The Doll by Taylor Stevens

Palms to the glass, watching the lot from his office window, Miles Bradford saw her topple.

Character and conflict is about all that is needed in an opening line, and this line has both. It begins right away with a scene of someone falling.  At first Miles thinks that the person will get back up and they will laugh about it but the woman does not get back up, so he rushes out.

Back story is inserted painlessly and sparingly on a need to know basis and doesn't slow the pace of the forward narrative allowing the reader to be pulled in without noticing the book in his or her hands.

Of course, if you're not a fan of this genre, you may not like this no matter how it's written. This is not classic literature that alien anthropologists will be studying thousands of years from now once humanity has destroyed itself, but it's a good time killer until then.

The title is weak though. It's ambiguous and could mean many different things and make readers associate to the ends of the earth, which the writer might prefer they didn't. For example, I think of Tim Thomerson and the Dollman.

First thing said:

"What the hell was that all about?"

Verdict: Pass

Rudy Globird

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