- File Size: 96 KB
- Print Length: 13 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Exciting Press (June 16, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 16, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008C9WZIG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,182,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Footsteps: A Short Story Kindle Edition
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No one is innocent in "Footsteps", which makes its characters paradoxically both repelling and interesting, human. They can be found involved in one or more of the following: lying, cheating, doing drugs, fetichism, homicide, cannibalism, ... Sometimes in quite a funny way, for instance when Rusty wonders why he hates his father: "Maybe it was the residue of white powder on his nostril the night he gave me a black eye for smoking pot."
Nothing is gross or shocking in this short story, but rather literary and precisely constructed. There's a game of mirrors at work that could be interesting to get into (notice the opposition white / black, nostril / eye and cocaine / pot in the quote above...) , from the opening paragraph which announces the last one, to Rusty's penchant for body parts (feet) and the act of cannibalism, not to mention the exact opposition between the male duo he forms with his father and the female duo in the shop's cabin...
After reading, the expression "poetic justice" kept coming back in my mind, so I looked up its definition on Wikipedia to make sure I wasn't going the wrong way with this:
"Poetic justice is a literary device in which virtue is ultimately rewarded or vice punished, often in modern literature by an ironic twist of fate intimately related to the character's own conduct."
And that's when I laughed out loud: Martin Lastrapes managed to write a tale of twisted poetic justice! More seriously though: this is an excellent short story, both funny and deep, way more meaningful than it seems if you read it too quickly.
"Footsteps" was a great short story! It took only moments to warm up, simmered you good in the middle, and ended with a, "Wait, is that really the end?" I found myself scrolling back a page to make sure I didn't skip anything. This wasn't a bad thing--it told me that I was into it and wanted more--but alas, it was the end and you got a brief bio of the master himself. There was no gore to speak of, only suggestion (which I sometimes prefer over actual gore), and also an appearance by a character from his debut novel, INSIDE THE OUTSIDE, which was a treat.
More, Martin, more!!
Good news, this was really good. Not just a standard, and I am looking forward to more. Because this is a short story, I hesitate to say much, but it was different and had a great ending
I can't wait to read more!!!
Most recent customer reviews
alot, with a foot fetish. Looking forward to reading more from Martin Lastrapes.