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The Playwright's Woman by [Creaney, R. J.]
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  • File Size: 4321 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00709P0OK
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"The Playwright's Woman" is a short story by author R. J. Creaney.
This Kindle e-book was a 109 Kb download (approx. 18 printed pages) and was free (normally $0.99) at the time of writing this review.

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Set in London in the late 1880's we meet Kevin Darley, a young Irishman and struggling writer of novels and screenplays. Suffering from what he feels is an ongoing and prolonged case of writer's block, he turns to the alcoholic drink of preference of the day, absinthe. However, before he get too far down that murky path he meets a beautiful Irish girl by the name of Muirenn... he is enchanted. Almost overnight his mind clears, his writing improves and his manuscripts are being heralded by the publishers. But sometimes rapid change in fortune comes with an unforeseen cost when the final tab is to be settled.

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Some thoughts on "The Playwright's Woman"...

1.) an intriguing story, well written... in the style of the times.

2.) a near perfect sense of pace and timing.

3.) a beautifully crafted sense of foreboding gradually surrounds our hero.

4.) cover art... colors and image to compliment the tale within.

Impressions:
An author who in only 18 pages, can make the reader feel like he knows and understands the main character has true writing talent. In 18 pages an idea that was developed into a polished story and reached a satisfying, if not necessarily happy, conclusion.

A short story of the highest quality. A real gem!

As it is... 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
Raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
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I don't give many good reviews--I am a very critical person--but once in a while I'll find a real gem worth writing a review about.
I find "The Playwright's Woman" just AMAZING! Told through letters and diary entries, and subtle, yet well-blended bits of Irish folklore, this I think is a satisfying short story.
The protagonist, Kevin Darley, an Irish-born man in London, is a playwright struggling with the mediocrity of his plays. He turns to absinthe, a more or less poisonous drink, and soon he meets Muirenn, who he soon becomes obsessed with. Muirenn becomes his sole muse, and after meeting and then courting her, Kevin takes up writing again. He wrote short stories and a play, and these works were far from the bland plays he used to write.
However, this obsession with first absinthe, and then Muirenn, catches the eye of Kevin's friend, James Grey. Although Grey tries to talk to Kevin about who Muirenn actually, Kevin defends her like she's a prized possession worth millions. This furthers Grey's concern, and Kevin begins to go outside less and less. When Kevin's play, Fergueson's Ghost, is premiered at a theater, and he does not show up, Grey goes to his flat to see what's wrong with Kevin. Grey finds him dead, and there is no sign of Muirenn.
While searching his apartment of sentimental objects to send to Mrs. Darley, Grey finds a book on Irish folklore--and a bookmark in the book opens to a page about a "leannan shee"--a fairy woman who targets creative men like--ahem--playwrights, and gives them a muse and in turn takes their life. Of course, Grey didn't believe that Muirenn could be a leannan shee, and soon after he writes a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Darley that their son died (though he lied in the letter, because Kevin's death was so odd).
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I can't say I was particularly impressed, but I wasn't disappointed either.
I wish there was more detail in the book, it did feel a bit lacking. But I felt that it made the book as a whole, reading it in diary form.

I can't say that I will be recommending it, but in general, it was good for what it is. Just another short story.
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SPOILERS----------------------Green fairy thought to be cause of writer's rapid decline, actual cause much worse! The whole story is progressed through correspondence, which was a nice touch, I just wish there was a bit more depth to the man. Sad more than scary.
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Interesting concept that could have been developed into longer story. I liked the creativity of irish folklore with the absinthe and the main character. I would have enjoyed more involvement with the character and his environment. There could have been more interaction with the people and the area he lived in.
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