- File Size: 318 KB
- Print Length: 11 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 16, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008Z69ILI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,146,388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Tea Time Kindle Edition
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There is the bare concept of a story here, and I commend Mr. Dickerson for having the courage to put it out into the world. One could argue that the length is too short for tension to ramp up sufficiently before the "quick knife to the gut" (the author's words, not mine), but that's the author's prerogative. And the ending certainly confirmed my nasty, growing suspicion.
However, it is not a good sign when the first technical error occurs four words into the story and the second one occurs in the very next paragraph. I'd like to think that most of the errors are more the edit/proof variety but repeated instances show that the problem is more fundamental.
TEA TIME is too short to even judge Mr. Dickerson's merits as a storyteller. But no story, however unique or clever, can withstand weak technical writing skills. Proper grammar and word usage, as well as punctuation and sentence structure, are among the most basic and important tools to an author. And AFAIK, there are additional rules to fiction writing (e.g., for dialogue). One could argue that it's possibly "beginner's mistake" but frankly, that doesn't hold much water. Have new authors never read a properly written book prior to publishing their own work?
Perhaps other readers can ignore and/or place less emphasis on such things but for me, they are distracting and severely diminish my reading experience/enjoyment. I'd much rather focus on the plot and the characters.
But if they knew what was going on at Crossroads, they'd be more shocked than they are at the news. They wouldn't like Rob, the clumsy young orderly, who brings them their tea.
To reveal any more would give too much away, but Darnell "Saki" Dickerson knows how to keep you guessing, make you suspicious, and then shock you with the ultimate conclusion.
Dickerson excels at creating atmosphere. The story is told largely from Ms. May's point of view, and he creates and communicates her mindset perfectly. We can almost taste the tea, smell the liniments, hear the static on the radio reception. Dickerson brings us into this world and holds us there tightly.
He also knows how to make the reader suspicious both of his narrator and of the situation. It doesn't take long for us to understand that something is wrong, but we can't quite be sure what it is.
The problem is "Tea Time" is too short. I wanted to know more about these characters, and wanted to get a greater sense of dread. I knew something was wrong, but the ending came so fast, I really didn't get a nice case of the willies. The final sentence is a punch to the gut, but it's almost jarring. I was wishing Dickerson had taken as much time developing his conclusion as he did creating the setting.
Still, "Tea Time" is a distrubing read. It haunts. It will leave you thinking. That's a pretty good achievement for a piece so short.
This kept me on the edge of the seat the entire way. I normally download 4-5 free short stories a week and put them down just as fast because the writing is terrible. Darnell knows how to write and he knows how to keep you wanting more with each page.
The story premise was simple, there are two ladies having tea but you can sense the dark undercurrent from the start. The only thing keeping this from a five star rating for me was that nothing which happened at the end had anything to do with choices the main characters made throughout the story. Still a startling, knock-you-out grisly surprise though.
I will look forward to reading more of Darnell's work!
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I could imagine them sitting there, bantering back and forth, sipping tea, listening to the radio, becoming drowsy...Read more
I recommend this book for any reader who loves twisted characters and lots of banter.
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