- File Size: 3081 KB
- Print Length: 25 pages
- Publisher: Mike Byrnes and Associates, Inc. (May 10, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 10, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0724Z27VM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,834 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Lady Blackwing: A Fantasy/Science Fiction Mini Kindle Edition
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"Lady Blackwing" does exactly that, through the discovery of a notebook and a pencil that change the life of a coffee shop barista. When a frustrated writer leaves his notebook and pencil behind, Mercedes tries to return them to him, and her world changes. The book band pencil seem to free up all the stories that she has inside, and her imagination becomes a thing of true power.
It's refreshing to see how this story unfolds, and what goes through the mind of the protagonist as she realizes the power her writing has on the world. And isn't that what all writers hope for, for their words to change the world around them, even if only in small ways?
This is a fantastic story, written by someone who truly appreciates the art of the short story, and understands the journey to becoming a writer. Who knows... maybe we'll see Mercedes again some day, and she'll have joined the ranks of those whose pencils made them famous...
Lady Blackwing gets what it's like to be a writer. Inspiration can be found anywhere, but it's often like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall. First we open with the author that just knows his writing is great, but gets no affirmation. Then we meet Mercedes who looks at the world with a writer's eyes, who lets stories consume her to the point of near-dysfunction.
Yeah… it's exactly like that, and it made me chuckle to read it played out by another.
So, let's get to the book. Short stories are not my usual thing. Mostly because I find it difficult to immerse myself in a handful of pages and when I read I crave escape. That being said, it's also so incredibly hard to stuff a full story arch into those limits.
I think Fox did well at giving us a short and sweet story. I found a few issues that could be worked on (head hopping, opening with a character whose personality I would normally avoid like the plague in real life, and issues with punctuation and flow) that did make it a little hard to push through to the end.
On an imaginative and story-crafting standpoint, I think Devorah Fox could really breathe life into this girl and her adventures. It's a unique and fun power she discovers, and it's that uniqueness and imagery that will make me pick up another one of Fox's longer novels.
Lady Blackwing is about a young barista, Mercedes, an interesting and kind character. She’s a hard worker, at school and at the coffee shop though she still enjoys making time for writing. After a strange but minor accident, she finds that she is able to control situations, and make them happen as she saw fit.
I found Devorah’s writing to be fresh and fun. I liked that the story was a quick read, and at the same time, I found myself wanting more! Well written and entertaining.