- File Size: 2139 KB
- Print Length: 122 pages
- Publication Date: October 9, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016FRZ7KE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Danse Macabre Kindle Edition
|Length: 122 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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This story follows a ten year old girl named Blue, who is given a mission by a creature who claims to be an angel to save her mother and sister’s souls. She has to kill ten sinners. Our chapters count down from ten to one as the story progresses.
This story has some fantastic prose, and the world it describes so well is a gloomy one. This story isn’t scary, exactly, though it is quite dark. The character we know as Him is quite disturbing at times. Again, creepy. You’re starting to see here why I’ve never written a review of this little novelette despite liking it quite a lot. I have a hard time putting words to my thoughts about it. I’m trying to do more than ‘it’s creepy and amazing so you should give it a read’ but it is both of those things.
Now, this is a fantastic audiobook. You can read it in an hour, and the audiobook is about 2. I recommend it in audio for a couple of reasons. First of all, the narrator, Nigel Peever does no less than perform the hell out of this story. There is so much emotion where there should be, the voice he gives to Him is just perfect, and his performance brought the prose to life in my head. Best of all, there are special effects and bits of music peppered in here that add a whole extra level of awesome. It made something already great even more great. I think that of a lot of audiobooks, but this one might be my new prime example.
“She turns into a hallway where the walls are decorated with rainbows and handprints and splotches of colour, as though an enormous spider once danced in a paint palette then sprinted up the wall.”
Not because they are bad, on the contrary, they are really imaginative and cool, just found it a bit too much in such a short book. I would have liked simpler, shorter sentences to go better with the mood. On the other hand I loved some of the thoughts she put into it, such as this one:
“Follow your own path, girl. Listen to those as give you advice, but never trust in appearances, and never follow blindly. Make your own decisions, follow your own path, and you’ll not go wrong.”
That’s one hell of an advice everyone should follow. Danse Macabre is the perfect read for a cold, foggy autumn/winter afternoon which you spend curled up with a hot drink to chase away the chill of the weather and the story both. Blue and her journey will keep you glued to the pages, clench your heart and leave you utterly broken. It’s not hard to imagine a world so cold and cruel as the one Blue lived in after all.
“A hunter’s moon glowers down on a grown-over graveyard. Its bloody light spills onto a pathway that snakes between cracked headstones like a ribbon of red moonlight.”
DOES THIS NOT SOUND SO AWESOME?!
There are so many unique elements to this little adventure. Written with an amazing amount of texture for being so short, this story introduces you to a little girl named Blue who seems to be doing a bit of the devils bidding as of recently. The chapters go backwards, but by a couple in you realize why and begin to think it’s a clever idea.
Since the story is so short the author has to work hard to make us connect with the characters and in this story she makes it seem so effortless. There is nothing scarier than creepy little kids and Blue is no exception. Her beautiful words paint the most dreary picture of this young girls life and what is left of it, in the end a horrible tragedy unfolding right in front of your eyes.
“The hunter’s moon glowers down. The little girl walks along the path. Her shadow stretches long behind her, and it is filled with death.”
ALL THESE LINES ARE JUST FROM PAGE ONE PEOPLE!!
The ending may have been a little bit predictable, only because I watch too much TV, but that didn’t matter to me because this short story was all about the journey, not the destination, and this journey was all around chilling. From what I can see, this is the only fictional piece that this author has published to date, but you can believe that I will be paying attention to this author, ready to gobble up anything else she puts down in print. 5/5 stars.