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May 13 2016

A Review of Isle in Man by Sarah Wilson

Isle in Man by Sarah Wilson

Isle in Man by Sarah Wilson

There are some stories that are a wisp of a thought, the beginnings of a story that offers something to think about, to consider. They tell of a character that has a story to tell and one finds themselves wanting to know that story.

Sometimes those wisps are very short, offering the beginning, but leaving the rest to interpretation, consideration. The story can be melancholy, tinged with a truth to be told. The character themselves can offer a richness to be explored… but then the work comes to a close and you are left… wondering.

  • Title: Isle in Man
  • Author: Sarah Wilson
  • Length: 6 Pages
  • ASIN: B017UNW2EG
  • Publishing Date: November 10, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

In a smokey bar, on an unremarkable night, a woman surveys the dancers in the search of her next meal.

Mare sits at a bar, having a drink, a smoke, and watching the souls around her. She touches many, seeing them, looking for something to hold onto. She encounters a soul desired, but does that desire see itself returned?

Mare can be described, and she does mention this at one point, as a succubus, but overall she doesn’t really act like one in the traditional way and I rather enjoyed that she was so. Though there is really little told about her past, there is a good deal of effort spent on telling what she feels, what she sees, and what it means for her. These descriptions are full of emotion and being so tell a lot about Mare’s character. At the same moment, while we learn about Mare, we also learn what she sees around her, what that knowledge allows her to do.

Mare, and her name alone should point out that she is a mixture of many legends, is a complex being and the work really just scratches the surface of her needs, wants and desires. There’s no erotica in the work, in truth it wouldn’t fit well and I thought that the author wrote in a way that expressed far more than any hot flash would have been able to do.

The work is very short, and that for me is the haunting thing. The story told feels very much like the opening scene of a larger work and I found myself at the last page wanting the story to continue. To see more of Mare, her world, her past. To find out who she is, why things are the way they are. The discovery of the tapestry of Mare’s existence, just in this short passage, is rich and complex. It needs to be told more than it has been here.

The description, the character of Mare, the moments with each of those souls that surround her is written exceptionally well. The author’s writing is solid, there was nothing to stumble over, to try and understand. The work tells of an old soul in search of something she might never find and the consequences of one special encounter.

But with all of the good comes the disappointment of the length of the work and the need to see more of Mare. The author has an amazingly good hook for the opening of a novel and they should, I feel, take the next step and tell the rest of the story.

Four out of five pitchforks.

A captivating story with much promise. That promise needs to come out and play.

 

Tera

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