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- Print Length: 18 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (August 17, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 17, 2011
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005BOPBRC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Specimen 313: A Short Story Kindle Edition
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But I still had a nostalgic smile plastered across my face through this entire ten minute read.
4.5 (Rounding Up) Tasty Morsels for Specimen 313
The plants are my favorite characters. Strand's creation is a mix of The Happening with Little Shop of Horrors. I enjoyed the scene with the discarded plant cursing at the others, and I wish the author had included more interactions within the greenhouse experiments.
The plants can think and communicate with each other, too. Max, Specimen 278, hasn't been feeling quite up to par lately. He would rather be outside in the sun instead of in the greenhouse. But he's trapped in there and might as well make the best of it. Sometimes when a plant was sick, Prethorius came with a shovel and took the plant out, set it in the corner and let it suffer until it was dead. Max was afraid he might face that fate one day, and wished he could talk to Dr. Prethorius, but the plants couldn't talk to humans.
There was one plant who wasn't carnivorous, and he had beautiful flowers on him. He met the fate of the shovel, but after he was gone, another plant was brought in and planted beside Max and he felt better. This was Specimen 313 or Jenny as Max called her. He finally had a friend to communicate with, and they became good friends as time passed.
This is by no means the end of the story. The story takes off from here with some fairly gruesome scenes. These plants mean business.
It's a very unusual story and is a well-written story and certainly kept my attention right up to the end. This is one of those stories that once you start to read it, you're hooked into it until the end. I liked it quite a lot.
The good doctor has several plants in his evil little greenhouse and he is using each of them for his nefarious ends. Yet when one of them is no longer useful to him, he gets his shovel and digs them up and casts them aside and allows them to die. Max is his star plant that is the most vicious and shows the most progress. That is until Jenny arrives and is able to eat an entire person whole. Max has a crush on her and they develop a friendship together.
Flesh eating plants have been done in the past, but I like how this author went in a different direction with it and shows that these plants have emotions like humans. The story has a great ending and leaves the story open to a possible sequel. Check it out!
However, being fair, it was a good story - well written, and without the distracting editing problems so many e-books seem to have.
The fact that we are hearing the plants communicate doesn't seem awkward at all. Part of this is because I DID read the reviews and therefore expected it, but part of it is because that is how the story began - it did not just start happening at some random place within the story.
Max decides he loves his new neighbor plant, Jenny, (who is not looking for anything like that now), but she does turn out to be a pretty good friend. Who knew plants needed such good friends? You'll just have to read it for yourself to see what I mean.
I could at least be happy with the knowledge there were other works by Jeff to satisfy my craving for more, even if it's not related to the Specimen or any of the other experiments from this short story.
Definitely worth the read.