Review of: The Dollhouse 

reviewed by dgburton on 03/01/2011
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dgburton
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This was a really enjoyable story. I'm not too proud to admit that more than once I've found myself in the wrong place on the wrong side of town. And the next morning is usually filled with those "wow, things could have gotten bad" thoughts. You do a good job of actualizing those thoughts.

The moment when he regains consciousness is stretched out nicely. There's lots of room for guessing there, and the mystery unspools slowly. Hospital? Police Station? The Doll's House? It's really not until the last page that we're sure of what's happening, and even then the strange choice of James Blunt puts things in doubt. Would backstreet organ thieves listen to James Blunt? Probably not. Would they take someone's eyes? I don't know, I've never heard of that. Where could he be? It's effectively disorientating.

I also liked the humor. A fair amount of similar stories ignore the humor inherent in the premise and approach their tale with the utmost seriousness, which is preposterous. The way you keep the tone light and crack jokes about missing fingers and Limp Bizkit keeps the story from descending into a mawkish parody, and instead helps us get behind the unfortunate narrator.

The only thing I would suggest adding is a little more atmosphere. I lived in New Orleans for a while and it's definitely of it's own world. Having been there it's pretty easy to believe that something like this could happen on one of the humid backstreets, and I think using the city a little more as a character could help fill out the story.

Anyway, thanks for the good read, I look forward to reading more of your work.

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