- File Size: 368 KB
- Print Length: 27 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Edward Lorn (August 13, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 13, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MPY3K2Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Morning Dew: A Short Story Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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Before I go off on a tangent, my whole point here is that I was immediately able to settle into Jimmy's mind. To remind myself of what it was to be a kid. Carefree, unblemished, and totally psyched for a sleep over with friends. Leave it to Lorn to have me so connected to these little boys, after only a few pages. I watched as they ate way too much sugar, listened to (in my opinion) amazing music, and just enjoyed being young. It can't be easy to write characters that are that vivid, in that short a time, but this story proves that it's possible. I caught myself sighing, laughing, and remembering.
Then, all hell broke loose. I can't really say too much because I wouldn't dare take this adventure away from you. I will only say that the title is very apt, and that I didn't expect to feel so terrified. By horror standards, this isn't too over the top. It's not bloody, or overly violent. However, something about that made it that much more visceral for me. When a child is scared? I'm scared. I was scared.
The point I'm trying to make? This story is just over 30 pages, and The Morning Dew brought out more feelings in me than most of the full length books I've read this month. Kudos, sir. More, please?
Read it, feel the terror, taint your sweet childhood memories, you will like it. :D
This is actually a story that I didn't find too short. The length of it was perfect! Read it!
The first thing that happened was I got confused.
The opening was not anything like the book description and I thought I might have got a messed up copy. But then it became clear. I was inside Jimmy’s head as he was playing a make believe game. A fun and interesting beginning and it introduced me to his vivid imagination.
Jimmy and his two best friends are roughing it. They’re going to spend the night in his tree house, no adults allowed. Should be a fun night of loud music, games, and doing what young boys do.
Since losing his mother, Jimmy and his dad have been coping, supporting each other and beginning the healing process. When his dad tells him they have to come inside if the approaching storm begins to thunder, Jimmy agrees with no argument.
It’s not long after the boys enter the tree house that it begins to rain, So far, no thunder or lightning so they get out the games and crank up the music. As the rain continues, they are drawn to the window by the sound of the neighbor’s cows bellowing in pain. When nothing further occurs, the boys go back to their game.
In the morning, the storm is gone and the dew sparkles, so Jimmy is startled when one of his friends crawls out the window onto a tree branch.
What could make him so desperate? What scared him enough to make him leave? Where did he go? The two remaining boys soon see for themselves and now it’s a race to survive the dew.
After the unique beginning to the story, the author doesn’t take long to build an atmosphere of suspense. You know the storm is coming. You suspect something is coming with it. You encounter that something. Then it’s all fear pumping action to the end.
I wish I had as vivid an imagination as Jimmy did. Then I could have had a mental image of the things that came out of the storm. Perhaps it’s better that I didn’t.
You easily become familiar with the characters, the writing flows smoothly, and the ending isn’t predictable. Plus you get some out of this world creatures. All scary good.
Lorn hits another home run with this one! He captivated my attention from the very first page by bringing back happy childhood memories that I had forgotten. He proceeds to slowly ramp up the creepy factor, letting it sneak up on me until things take off like a thunderclap, leaving me racing to the end to find out what happened next. Like all of his books that I have read, after reading, I shut off my kindle and stared off into space, enjoying and pondering what I just read. Highly recommended!
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