Dan Klefstad is back with Solstice in another ‘Caretaker’ short story! I read The Caretaker earlier this year and loved it. I wanted more story immediately!! When Dan contacted me about his second short story, of course I said yes!! Solstice was published in The Creativity Webzine on November 26th. The link to Dan’s story is here and his is the second story.
Solstice is a short 1600 word story. It is just long enough to leaving you wanting more. This is the point with short stories. I enjoy this world and I hope Klefstad continues his writing of it. I want to know everything about Daniel, Fiona, and Soren’s journey. I want to know what will ultimately happen with all of them. I don’t know why but I am just fascinated with this world!
It is difficult to review something that is so short without spoilers. If you enjoy vampires then you MUST check out The Caretaker and Solstice!
Jessica’s rating of The Caretaker and Solstice: 5 stars
Jessica’s review of The Caretaker is here.
Kim also read and reviewed both The Caretaker and Solstice:
I liked these short stories. I can’t wait to read more as they are written. I like the mystery of the job offer in The Caretaker. It left a lot of questions; it makes you want to read more to find out more. The only real critique that I have is that the characters are just kind of thrown in and I ended up getting confused. Names just appeared without much introduction and I felt like I missed something. But I find the dynamic between Fiona and Soren and then Fiona and her caretaker fascinating. Again, it just wets your whistle and makes you question exactly what is going on. I very much look forward to more stories and learning more.
Kim’s Rating of The Caretaker and Solstice: 4 stars
Again, here is the link to Solstice in The Creativity Webzine.
Do check these stories out and let me know what you think! I hope you love them as much as I do. If you wish to read The Caretaker the link to my review includes a link to the story.
I am going to try for a theme for First Line Friday for October…. Horror since we have Halloween at the end of the month!
This week’s First Line Friday deals with Vampires:
When I was a small boy I had a terrible dream.
With Pandora, Anne Rice began a magnificent new series of vampire novels. Now, in the second of her New Tales of the Vampires, she tells the mesmerizing story of Vittorio, a vampire in the Italian Age of Gold.
Educated in the Florence of Cosimo de’ Medici, trained in knighthood at his father’s mountaintop castle, Vittorio inhabits a world of courtly splendor and country pleasures – a world suddenly threatened when his entire family is confronted by an unholy power.
In the midst of this upheaval, Vittorio is seduced by the vampire Ursula, the most beautiful of his supernatural enemies. As he sets out in pursuit of vengeance, entering the nightmarish Court of the Ruby Grail, increasingly more enchanted (and confused) by his love for the mysterious Ursula, he finds himself facing demonic adversaries, war and political intrigue.
Against a backdrop of the wonders – both sacred and profane – and the beauty and ferocity of Renaissance Italy, Anne Rice creates a passionate and tragic legend of doomed young love and lost innocence.
Author: Mary Downing Hahn
Published: September 8, 2008
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 Stars
Description from Amazon:
When sixteen-year-old Cynda goes to stay with her father and his second wife, Susan, at their remote bed-and-breakfast inn in Maine, everything starts off well despite legends about ghosts and a murder at the inn. But Cynda feels like a visitor in Dad’s new life, an outsider. Then intense, handsome stranger Vincent Morthanos arrives at the inn and seems to return Cynda’s interest. At first, she is blind to the subtle, insistent signs that Vincent is not what he seems-that he is, in fact, a vampire. Can Cynda free herself-and her family-from Vincent’s power before it’s too late? Full-bodied characterizations and page-turning suspense ensure that this eerie, riveting novel will appeal to middle school fans of mystery and horror.
Ok, puff read!!! Seriously, this was nothing more than brain candy. This book was a place holder while I waited for another book to get here in the mail. Hahn is usually my go-to for a quick, scary read and most of her books are awesome. But this one was more cheesy than scary. Don’t take it too seriously, because you’ll be disappointed if you do. Just a fun little romance-y vampire story. If you want something light and fanciful to read, then I recommend this book.[Top]