I have been devouring the first book George R. R. Martin’s Game of Throne series like a girl with PMS attacks a box of chocolates. Since there are three more books to go, this venture has turned my summer reading list upside down.
I blame it on HBO and their addictive television series, but I’m sure not complaining.
When last weekend rolled around, I had read up to about where the TV series had taken me the week before, and found myself in a quandary. Should I read on, and then know what would most likely happen when Lee and I plopped on the couch for our Sunday night GOT time? Or should I step away from the Kindle?
I decided I didn’t want to spoil my Sunday night TV, but I couldn’t put down the Kindle. A weekend without something to read is like a PB&J sandwich without the PB or the J. So I went in search of something new and different.
I had stumbled on eFiction Magazine’s web site a few days earlier. Since I was in search of shorter fiction rather than a new book-length read, I decided to give them a whirl. Although you can get eFiction on line, I am an admitted Kindle addict. My Kindle a perfect companion in my favorite reading spot – my hammock. So I opted to subscribe to the Kindle edition, and trotted happily out to my little backyard paradise.
What waited for me was a delightful discovery. I spent the next hour or so immersed in several unique stories told by fresh new voices. At some point I may write more on the individual pieces within, but for now I’ll just say the June issue was a like a bag of gifts. Stasey Norstrom’s “The Forgotten Hall” had me in another world and wrapped up in thoughts about my own state of mind all at once. Kathleen Troutman’s “Poor Amy” was a disturbing (in a good way) psychological ride. And although I’m usually “just not that into” detective stories, Harris Tobias did such a great job with his sleuth Dick Danks in “The Case of the Cleaning Lady’s Son” that I read on because I was into the guy. I ended up learning that if you give me a mainstay with enough quirk and character, I actually AM into them.
I could go on. These are just three of the tales that stood out for me. In addition to short stories, eFiction publishes poems and reviews.
Overall, what I liked most about eFiction was the variety within and the promise in this issue that there’s something for almost everyone in each issue. The stories were fresh and different, and the voices were new to me. There’s talent there, but with none of the pretentiousness I’ve seen in other places. If you’re looking for a place to discover new writers or a collection of quick and easy but more than worthwhile reads to look forward to each month, give them a whirl.
I’ll be keeping my subscription, and going back to the web site to peruse the issues I missed.