I liked this ultra-short short story with its semi-whimsical approach to a semi-serious subject. The prose was witty, clear, and lean. The insights were about as deep as you can get in four pages.
The prose had a nice, measured cadence to it and a sense of irony that seemed very consistent with the rhythmic moves of the opponents and the twisty logic in the attitude of both the main character and the code of honor he attempts to grasp.
Although the main character failed the humanity test, the writer made him very human. Nice work. And quite original.
Review of: To Be Or Not To Be A Ninja
reviewed by LBarbarell on 05/23/2011
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