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The Death Clock - a short story by [Rock, J.]
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Length: 12 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Product Details

  • File Size: 84 KB
  • Print Length: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Vox Populi (September 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L2O9WC
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By S. Richards on September 13, 2011
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What would you do if you suddenly were able to see a person's life actually tick away in bright red numbers clicking over his/her head, a number only you seemed to be able to see? What would you do with this knowledge of a person's exact minute of expiration? Would you circumvent Death and keep him from calling up someone's number? This is Andie's dilemma. The real question: Can you outsmart Death?

This very short story starts off well, if a bit slow, then picks up the pace and tension mid-way, but the last part of the tale was the real kicker. That ending made the whole story worth it. Even if it was slightly expected in some way, I still really enjoyed it. There's a satisfyingly terrible feeling of doom to the story. 3.5*
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This is a very short story of the sort that one would have read in the old mystery/SiFi/mysterious anthologies which were quite common and available up through the 1970s. Alas those days are gone but the ability to publish these stories is now available and at a reasonable price we readers have easy access to them.

It is rather difficult to fully review a story this short as you want to avoid spoilers at all cost. The least said the better but the story opens and with a young lady riding on a bus. She has had an emotional trauma the night before and is on her way to work. She begins to notice red letters; a countdown clock hovering above every person's head she sees. This young lady is not the brightest thing in the world but she soon figures out that these red numbers are actually counting down the time until each individual's death.

Overall I found this a rather pleasing read. I have read similar stories in the past so I cannot say that the concept there is all that original but that does not really matter. To find something truly original in this day and age is really asking a bit much. No, while the plot may have seen a bit of use from time to time, this author has finished his story with a very nice twist, which while is sort of expected, is never the less well done. Originality was well sacrificed for the nice twist in my opinion.

Overall we have a pretty nice bit of writing here. Yes, the story does have a few problems that could be smoothed out. A good example is the young ladies relationship with her boss. This bit was filler as far as I was concerned and the space could have been put to better use in giving us a bit more detail concerning the lady in question.
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I'm thinking this must have been an episode of The Twilight Zone or The Dark Side, because I've seen it before. Maybe someone took the story and made a screenplay of it.

At any rate, it was fairly good as short stories go. The relationship between Andie and Jack was unnecessary to the story--it didn't add anything or explain anything, and her behavior was inconsistent in that incident.

On the other hand, I like that the author gave no reason for the ending--that would not have been necessary either, and it's good to leave the reader wondering.

All in all, it was an interesting concept.
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This book is quite a short read but still packs a pretty good punch.

Andie is seeing numbers above everyone head and doesnt know what they mean until a shooting victim dies.

This book is kind of deep and doesnt linger a lot on unnecessary details. It just gets straight to the point and keeps you engulfed from start to finish.

Theres no character development or real background and not real sure if theres even a solid plot, but it's definitely still a must-read. Should take less than an hour to read with a great ending twist.
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This isn't an original idea, a woman can suddenly see the time counting down in digital stop watch format, indicating how long everyone has to live. Of course she starts freaking out a little. But it is a nice simple ten minute long story, only let down a little by an unnecessary office scene in the middle, that added nothing to the story and definitely didn't make you like the main character any more. She is already not the brightest woman in the world why make her morally questionable too? The time on the clock at the end was a bit long for the ending to work, but if The Death Clock is free or still cheap give it a go.
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Pretty good short story with interesting concept.
There were few thing that annoyed me - like the main character. I get it that she's simply not perfect, but I didn't like her much. And at the end she showed she really has no imagination, just like she keeps on repeating.
But I still enjoyed the story. It reminded me of Death Note manga a bit.
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This premise of this story is achingly familiar, to the point that it makes you doubt the main character's intelligence when she takes so long to figure out what is happening. The author seems to struggle with giving appropriate amounts of detail -- although the story is a brief snapshot in time, there is an office interaction in the middle that seems painfully out of place.

It's entertaining enough, but I think the author is still trying to figure out what works within the short story form and what doesn't. An idea this familiar should have some, anything, to distinguish it.
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