Publisher: Torquere Press
Date published: 7/11/12
Book format: E-book
Obtained via publisher
Reviewed by Helen
When Eric was three years old he was bitten on the finger by a were-flamingo. Ever since then he’s changed under the full moon. Now he lives in Florida to be close to other flamingos, because they’re social birds.
When his partner gets a promotion to a town nowhere near flamingo territory, Eric mentally fights circumstances, but finally has to tell Dan the truth.
This short story is only six thousand words long, so it’s difficult to say much without giving away the punch-line. But it is a very clever story, bordering on brilliant. The characters are as developed as it’s possible to be in such a very short length. The reader will enjoy them very much. The plot is simple but good, with the resolution in limbo until the very last possible moment. The dialogue is superb and the author’s style wonderful. Ms. Beaumont writes with a dash of humor that sparkles off the page and includes some genuine laugh out loud lines, and is far deeper than just the basic premise of a were-flamingo, innovative though that is.
The reader definitely needs to read this story twice, to make sure they didn’t miss any of the wit and humor the first time around. I will absolutely be watching out for other stories by this author.
THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF THIS BOOK. THIS IS AN OBJECTIVE UNBIASED REVIEW