Book Review,  Fantasy,  Horror,  Humor,  Short Stories

Dare vs the Doll

Dare vs the DollDare vs the Doll by Si Clarke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This very short story is sassy, weird and oddly cute. The dialog is giggle-worthy sass, and the situation is so far removed from the realm of possibility that you just can’t help but roll with it.

The author mentions that she set a personal challenge for herself to write this story with no mention of gender whatsoever. I think she met that challenge well, as the story flowed nicely without feeling like it was side-stepping the issue. In fact, I’d enjoy reading more books that didn’t include gender references.

There’s a formidable amount of backmatter, which collectively is longer than the story itself. This is not a criticism, in fact, as an author myself I think I’ll take a page out of Si Clarke’s book (so to speak) and create what I’m going to start calling a “Book Business Card” for myself, too. The goodies you’ll find are:

*A polite request for a book review
*Information on how to get a free book
*A sneak peek of “The Left Hand of Dog”
*A short essay about the writing and publishing of Dare vs the Doll
*The author’s biography
*A link to a list of the author’s other books
*Newsletter subscription information

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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