- File Size: 2528 KB
- Print Length: 26 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 7, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ABD7UNA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,052 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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This is just a wonderfully dark fairy tale. I kept finding myself wondering "Where are we?", "Is this our world?", "Is this some dark future hundreds of years after an apocalyptic event?"...the think the writer leaves it up to the reader, which is an awesome thing. I really dig it when writers don't answer all of the questions.
If you're a fan of dark tales, I can recommend this highly. It was a wonderful break from my normal reading fare even though I placed it in my own postapoc world... hey, what can I say, I'm the Wasteland Man. ;)
The End of the Trail uses a type of contemporary poetry/prose mix that refuses to let the reader get comfortable. You are never certain what is a fanciful dream, tall tale, twisted nightmare, or harsh reality. Also, the genius of not giving anyone a name, but only titles, made it possible to imprint any likeness that I wanted onto each and every character. That freedom was both intoxicating and exhilarating. The worst people you know can be the MC, or the King, and likewise your best friends and loved ones. Anything is possible.
The world Rakovich creates is equally thrilling, if incredibly dark. Cannibals, witches, disfigured creatures that were once great men, and beasts in sheep’s clothing (nicely done re-imagining here specifically) fill this skeletal frame of a land. Even the dead are not safe or kept sacred here. However, no matter how desolate, there is something compelling here, some value to be had in the wake of such suffering.
The quest the MC goes on matters little, and that’s fine, as it is just a means to the end of sharing this medieval apocalyptic nightmare. The ending is the green icing on a Troll 2 cake, cheeky and twisted, and providing the one laugh that Rakovich is kind enough to give. It’s all in fun, sick and perverse fun, but fun nonetheless.
Give it a go and see what you think, it’s certainly worth your time!
Nothing, of course, is quite what it seems–sometimes several times over. This is a short book, however, so there isn’t much more I can say without giving too much away. This is very fairy tale-ish in style. If you have a half an hour to fill and like dark fairy tales, I’d give this one a shot.
There were some parts of the story that I found jarring in that the subject changed quickly and I felt like I was missing something...but I wasn't. This happened 3 times, and I went back and reread the sections each time, thinking I had missed something. Eventually I would carry on and be brought back into the story again.
Overall, I think this is worth a read, and I think it's enjoyable. Creepy, but not so much that I felt scared and had to stop reading (I'm a bit of a wimp), and I liked the visual elements that the writing called up in my head.
"Her features were delicate but well defined, and her eyebrows thick and bright like the wings of a bronze bird."
You're in for some gorgeously turned phrases like the above if you read this short story. It definitely short, sweet, and to the point, but that didn't diminish my pure enjoyment of the prose. The plot is fairly simple with a similarly uncomplicated (and sort of sudden) twist at the end -- I would have appreciated a little bit more setup of the final page or so. Overall, though, it was a good quick read.
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