Sunday, August 19, 2018

Review - Out of Body: A Disturbing Short Story

Out of Body: A Disturbing Short Story
by C. A. Hewitson
Date: 2016
Publisher: C. A. Hewitson
Reading level: A
Book type: short story
Pages: 7
Format: e-book
Source: Kobo

When Hutch dies from a heart attack and has an out-of-body experience, he gets a deathbed surprise like he never imagined.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I'm glad this wasn't any longer than it was (which was only a few pages; Goodreads doesn't even list a length). The full title according to my Kobo app is "Out of Body: A Disturbing Short Story", but the only thing I found remotely disturbing was the last line, because it showed a complete lack of learning on the part of the main character.

The writing is kind of disturbing, too, with lousy punctuation, stereotyped characters (the nurse is "a big, black woman by the name of Oprah with a wicked humor and heart of gold"... of course she is), and even a character smiling their speech (argh!), but what do you expect from a freebie that you can read in under five minutes?

I'm afraid this wouldn't entice me to read any of the author's other works. In fact, it'll probably cause me to avoid them.

Plot: 1/5
Characters: 1/5
Pace: 3/5
Writing & Editing: 2/5
Originality: 1/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall Rating: 1.71 out of 5 ladybugs

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