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Friday, April 22, 2011

Review @ Short Stories and Stuff

Saturday Centus on Friday. Okay. Looks like I am the last part over the fence this week. I admit that I almost chickened out, but I finally, after reading the other posts, screwed up the courage to write a review. I am choosing to review gaelikaa’s “April Showers Bring May Flowers”. Jenny threw us a curve this week by asking us to review a post from last week’s Centus. Click here to learn all about this meme. If you have never done so, please join us.

gaelikaa's post:

Sheila gave her mother perpetual heartburn. She’d walk straight out into the rain without an umbrella after spending a large sum of money on getting her hair styled.

"Oh, I love to walk in the rain," she sang, enjoying the refreshing shower which had put an end to her hairstyle by the time she reached home. Pausing in front of the mirror, she inspect the rain's handiwork.

"Hmm! Much softer and and far less severe!" was her verdict. Mother would nag, but that’d eventually fade into oblivion. Sheila preferred to remember grandma's saying "April showers bring May flowers."

My Review:

Sheila comes to life on the page of this post. In a few words, gaelikaa's little story introduces us to a free spirited young woman and includes a big hint to understanding her relationship with her mother. I felt as though I had been taken into Sheila's head.

I instantly loved her. gaelikaa paints a picture of a young woman as she challenges the limits of authority and rebels in a healthy way. She intuitively knows how far she can push her mother.

gaelikaa's use of concrete images- “She’d walk straight out into the rain without an umbrella after spending a large sum of money on getting her hair styled.” - makes this post very visual.

A+, gaelikaa!

© cj Schlottman


Jingle said...

lovely review.

Anna said...

Thank you for visiting and commenting on my SC-post!
Congratulations on your review! It doesn't always matter if you are a little late. (I'm two weeks late with of my SC-texts!) You got it done before the link closed; and you did well!

What do you think? I'm wondering if my character, Sanna, would benefit from meeting Gaelikaa's character, Sheila?!

Happy Easter!

Best wishes & hugs,


For the benefit of other readers:
Anna's SC-48-49-50

Sue said...

I agree. And you nailed the review.


Rekha said...

Lovely review that stayed true to the post.

Jo said...

Kudo's .... challenging but so worth while doing!!! I am glad for you that you rose to the occasion, i found it difficult but was so glad that i did it, i hope you feel the same way. and you just nailed the review ... spot on!!!

gaelikaa said...

Claudia! Thank you so much. I am so honoured.

That was a tiny piece of fiction and as I'm trying to make it as a writer, it gives me a huge boost to see how my writing appears in the eyes of readers.

Hugs. Lots of them.

Maria/gaelikaa xxx

Jenny said...

Bravo! Bravo! What a fantastic wrap up to a difficult challenge.

I have found it so interesting to re-read the story through someone elses 'filters'. I know this was a pretty controversial challenge, but it was one of my favorites for some strange reason.

I think I will try it again at some point but perhaps using an obscure paragraph or poem from a famous author.

I think the fear of hurting feelings left many uncomfortable with participating.

Hope your Easter is filled with Peace and Joy and lots of devilled eggs!