If You Go Into The Woods Kindle Edition
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If You Go Into the Woods: I loved this story! I've read a lot of reviews where people were upset for it being so short and not really having any sort of ending, but to me, the ending was perfect. I thought it was scary but not in the haunted house, ghosts kind of scary. It was scary in the my skin is crawling and something just doesn't feel right kind of scary. The type that makes you uncomfortable without really knowing why.
The Reset Button: Again, this story didn't really end but I thought that was for the best. The entire short story is about the poor MC who no one remembers. At the end we see that is going to change, but really, that's for a different story. For what David was doing in this short story, I could really feel the apathy of the MC and his total gloom and depression for not being able to have a real connection with anyone. What a horrible life to lead. At the end of the story, we're able to wonder what the MC will do with his new found change.
I'm not sure what genre you could really classify these as so I'm adding "abstract fiction" to my bookshelves. Much like satirical work, I don't think this kind of style is for everyone as there are many who want more details and a rich and hefty ending that ties everything up. I'm just not that kind of reader. I like the open-endedness and strange, almost Gothic, quality to David's work.
With the second story, The Reset Button, which is slightly longer, probably about a ten minute read, I found the opposite was true. Again Gaughran only vaguely tells us what's going on, but because there's some bizarre stuff happening already such as his wife getting mad he didn't take their son to the zoo in the middle of a snowstorm, you've got too many questions from the start. This ones basically about a guy who has lost custody of his son, rarely gets to see him and copes with it by hitting his local bar. However he's getting frustrated that no one seems to care enough about his existence to remember what he orders, what he's told them about himself, even though he remembers everything they've told him while making conversation in the past. The ending doesn't make a great deal of sense to me, the title of the story makes you form a theory after you've read the final sentence but there's bits in the story contradicting that being the case. The second story was just very unsatisfactory to me.
I give the title story 5 stars, the second just one, simply because it didn't make any sense to me.
The second story, The Reset Button, had some of the most interesting quirk details in it, like the people seemingly forgetting Linus every night. It contributed to a mood of...quiet desperation...alienation...without being too heavy-handed with the theme.
Both stories seemed like dissonant vignettes, my only qualm being that I thought they could have been longer.
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