Trains and Chains: 2 Reviews

We have two very different stories to talk about:

The Trestle by Ben Woodard, and Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas

Woodard’s The Trestle brought back my own daring days as a teen. Tom’s journey across the trestle was very well described, and in places I thought my heart was going to pop out of my mouth or drop to my stomach. Woodard’s writing style is even keel, his narration on par and the frightening feeling of an on-coming train with no place to go was brilliant. Would Tom jump? I won’t ruin it for you. Get it and see for yourself. Thoroughly enjoyed this short story, and it didn’t take maybe 10-15 minutes to read.

Thomas’ Comfort Food incited completely different feelings in me. A semi-famous Emily is kidnapped by a really hot guy with the intention of grooming her to be His submissive. It is in no way shape or form comparative to that well-known series about submission. You know the one I’m talking about. Emily is debased and becomes wholly dependent on her captor – whose name we never learn – to the point which she’s pissed when He frees her.  I was able to identify with Emily on so many levels, it was kind of scary. Craving interaction, needing another human presence. Either Thomas did an incredible amount of research, has a degree in psychology or has lived a similar experience. The average person cannot fathom the conditions otherwise. What we read is essentially a self-narrative of Emily’s journey of being broken by another human being. Sure, there’s sexual activity and the like, but it focuses on Emily’s mental state. Read time was approximately 3 hours. I highly recommend this. Be warned though: you won’t be able to put it down and you can’t help but feel what Emily feels.

Next week I’ve got Growing Up Wired by David Wallace Fleming, and A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest. Now, if the Internet Goddess will allow, I need to post these on Goodreads and Amazon…Have a great weekend, everyone!

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