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The writing is good, the story details the horrific things people do to each other, and the ending is psychologically chilling. Quite honestly, this story repulses me. I cannot say I like it, nor can I say the author didn't do his job. - Lynn Perry Editor: Fear & Trembling magazine.

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Bobo

Product Details

  • File Size: 264 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Abiss Books (December 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00727UILU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,387 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By Robin Lee TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 15, 2013
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This psychological short starts off quickly and ends with a life altering change... Sarah lives in the shadow of her successful husband who makes it quite known throughout their life together, that she is nothing but a disappointment.... She will be chloroformed and kidnapped, with her abductors hoping for a big payout..This severe threat over her life will awaken a long dormant childhood trauma, that is just more eviler than this.........With her will to live she may just become the perfect wife, and mother of Roger's child that he has always wanted....as Bobo giggles..............

The mind works in mysterious ways in more than one...............Especially, with a broken psyche....
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I had to DL this after reading all the reviews. When a story has a lot of 5 stars and a lot of 1 stars, *something* about it is hitting the right chords.

So, I read it. And while I "get it" (I'm pretty sure I get it) I admit to confuzzlement about the ending. No, not the obvious part of the ending; that was clear enough. But the twist? Other readers must have a different definition of what a "twist" ending is than I do.

I found Schriver's style a combination of decent in getting the story across, and clumsy at the same time. The story itself...I don't have a problem with the main character's childhood (it happens) but the treatment of it just felt trivialized to me. It was all too much "In Your Face" and stereotyped even as Schiver shifted between past and present.

While I think it's a good effort, I can't really give it more than three stars.
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Bobo is a confusing very short, short story. It starts of with a woman awakening stretched out and chained to you picture some sort of medieval torture device but for some reason instead of trying to work out how she's going to get out of her predicament she relives her past in memories. Convenient that was for the read as the story twists so an element of her past makes an appearance to conclude the tale. The short story has a lot happening in her past that ultimately clutters the reading experience and understanding of what is going on. It seemed a very weak ending as if the author just couldn't come up with anything better to end the tale.
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A friend recommended this one to me and originally I thought hmm 10 pages, is it worth it, will I even be able to review it with it being so short. Was it was worth it? Yes. Can I review it? Well lets see :)

I loved that it wasn't so clear cut and obvious what was going on or where the story was going, it made me feel like I was experiencing it the way I would if I was in the main characters situation. The confusion, the fear and panic, where am I? what can I hear? how did I get here? just to name a few, these are all things I'm sure we would all have going through our minds if this were reality.

This is one of those stories once read you'll probably find each reader will have a different opinion of how it ended, it's creepy, twisted and very atmospheric and it's very cleverly left open to the readers own interpretation and imagination to put the pieces together in a way that can totally creep you out.
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I will admit, I didn't get this story. I had to come and read reviews by others to see what happened and it seems that there's a lot of different ideas. One person said that they liked that Richard Schiver let us decide what happened in the story. I have to disagree.

There's a saying amongst writers that goes, "show don't tell". While I think there are times when telling is better, Schiver seems to be of the mind that readers should just sort it all out for themselves, relieving the writer from actually telling the story - but isn't that what we're supposed to be doing?

This could probably be a great story if it were more clearly written. Also, it felt rushed. Maybe making it twice as long and really fleshing it out would have helped rather than rushing it along as if the writer can't wait for it to be over.
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I am going to cut to the chase here, and say that I enjoyed Bobo by Richard Schiver; It is a scary little tale of Sarah Michaels, a woman who is kidnapped for ransom but who is convinced her captivity will end violently because of her uncaring husband's likely attitude. She comforts herself with memories of her childhood doll, Bobo, while at the same time being repulsed by unpleasant memories of her father.

Richard plunges you headlong into the action, allowing you to pop back to the surface and splash around a little as he fills you in on the circumstances of her childhood. The final horror comes crashing down on you in a torrent and definitely leaves you gasping for more. This is the hallmark of a good horror story. It leaves you saying "Did I really just read that?"

This story contains taboo subject matter, so be forewarned. Richard has handled this subject tastefully in my opinion, and set out to write a creepy little story intended to entertain and frighten the reader, nothing more and nothing less.

In my book, he did just that.
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Sarah wakes up in dark room tied to a table. Panic sets in when she finds out if her husband doesn't pay the two million in ransom she will die. She know her husband, Roger wont pay. They hadn't lived as man and wife for some time now, and her death would be a blessing to him...

During her captivity, she is knocked out, her memories of her painful past play out. Things no child should go through, she did and had to keep a secret. During one of her father's usual visits, he tells her to keep it a secret and gives her a clown that she names Bobo.

What happens from then on out will send chills up your spine and the ending will leave you wanting to know what happens next! This will have you on the edge of your seat, you will anger and sadness and then smile because of Bobo! I highly recommend this to any who love horror!
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