- File Size: 425 KB
- Print Length: 176 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1519727534
- Publication Date: December 11, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0192MQX2U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,895,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Regardless of first impressions, we're here to talk about the tales. And, boy, are there some good ones! The book starts and ends with the story of a ghost, a girl who was killed in a home invasion and forced to haunt her old home. Neither is meant to be creepy, per say, but instead they offer a new perspective on why ghosts behave the way they do. The second builds upon the first, of course, and it was a welcome way to begin and end the short collection. I found myself chuckling often at the girl's behavior around prospective home-buyers and couldn't help but smile at the conclusion.
The second story is one titled, "Ugly Duckling", which is Miss Gibbo's version of the classic tale. Just as is the case with many of her stories, it begins on a familiar note but ends in a deliciously malicious way. This is true also of her reimagining of Cinderella, which is just as good if not better.
"The Bleeding Eye" tells the tale of twins who discover an old ammo box of magical items and become enamored by the possibilities. Unfortunately for them, all magic comes at a price...
"Nuada the Writer" is a rather interesting one detailing an Irish god's frustration at not being able to overcome writer's block. His poor human agent has her hands full at all hours trying to keep him on task, for the longer he writes the less war there becomes.
The weakest story of the collection comes next, with "Dentist Day", which is about just that-a child's first visit to the dentist. It was interesting to see things from the child's perspective but, honestly, considering how the other stories turned out, I kept waiting for a twist that just wasn't there. It was a fine story on it's own; it simply can't hold its own against the others in this collection.
There is a single story here that could be considered science fiction, and that is "Home Sweet Hovel". When Earth is no longer habitable and humans take to the stars for a new planet they come across a race that gladly accepts them onto their world. That is, as long as they're willing to make a few sacrifices...
And at last we come to my very favorite, "The Secret History of Santa Claus". I really don't want to ruin anything here. Let's just say that perhaps the jolly fat man isn't quite the upstanding father figure we've always taken him to be. Nice as he may seem, Santa is actually quite a bit worse than naughty-he's downright deranged!
There you have it, folks. I know this is a long one but it's because I came here today to do justice to a grand new author, Miss Melissa Gibbo. I was deeply saddened to see no reviews here yet, but then I realized that just means I have the chance to spread the word about something wonderful before anyone else. Pick up this collection, ladies and gentleman. It's not perfect in regards to grammar or punctuation, but once you start reading it'll hardly matter. Miss Gibbo has the gift of the storyteller, and it's on full display in Mental Molting. Do yourselves a favor: pick up a copy, adore her in the way I now do, and spread the word about this rising, raving-mad author with the harmless look and happy demeanor.