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The Playwright's Woman [Kindle Edition]

R. J. Creaney
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Book Description

In Victorian London, a young playwright struggles with both writer's block and mediocrity. He begins a dalliance with the mystical spirit absinthe, however, and meets and falls utterly in love with a woman unlike any other. She inspires and enlivens him; but the man who knows him better than any other cannot help but be wary of the profound and disturbing change that he sees.

A Gothic short story; 5,400 words.

Product Details

  • File Size: 109 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00709P0OK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,849 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A short story of the highest quality. March 11, 2013
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"The Playwright's Woman" is a short story by author R. J. Creaney.
This Kindle e-book was a 109 Kb download (approx. 18 printed pages) and was free (normally $0.99) at the time of writing this review.


Set in London in the late 1880's we meet Kevin Darley, a young Irishman and struggling writer of novels and screenplays. Suffering from what he feels is an ongoing and prolonged case of writer's block, he turns to the alcoholic drink of preference of the day, absinthe. However, before he get too far down that murky path he meets a beautiful Irish girl by the name of Muirenn... he is enchanted. Almost overnight his mind clears, his writing improves and his manuscripts are being heralded by the publishers. But sometimes rapid change in fortune comes with an unforeseen cost when the final tab is to be settled.

End Spoilers

Some thoughts on "The Playwright's Woman"...

1.) an intriguing story, well written... in the style of the times.

2.) a near perfect sense of pace and timing.

3.) a beautifully crafted sense of foreboding gradually surrounds our hero.

4.) cover art... colors and image to compliment the tale within.

An author who in only 18 pages, can make the reader feel like he knows and understands the main character has true writing talent. In 18 pages an idea that was developed into a polished story and reached a satisfying, if not necessarily happy, conclusion.

A short story of the highest quality. A real gem!

As it is... 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
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2.0 out of 5 stars doesnt flow March 9, 2014
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This book was too all over the place for me. It didn't flow and I wasn't sucked in. I finished it but...don't think id recommend it to many.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay short story that could have been developed into more November 27, 2013
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Interesting concept that could have been developed into longer story. I liked the creativity of irish folklore with the absinthe and the main character. I would have enjoyed more involvement with the character and his environment. There could have been more interaction with the people and the area he lived in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mysteriously lacking November 17, 2013
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I can't say I was particularly impressed, but I wasn't disappointed either.
I wish there was more detail in the book, it did feel a bit lacking. But I felt that it made the book as a whole, reading it in diary form.

I can't say that I will be recommending it, but in general, it was good for what it is. Just another short story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't bad, needed just a little more. November 14, 2013
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Good idea behind the story, but it was so vague until everything was word for word explained right at the end.
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