Author: Marshall Thornton
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Originally published in The James White Review, Coyote Bluff is the story of a young man coming to terms with the uncertainty of his relationship. On a road trip, he contemplates the meanings of trust and love.
Approximately 4500 words. 12-20 minutes estimated reading time.
Also includes excerpts from my books Desert Run, the Boystown Series, and The Perils of Praline, or the Amorous Adventures of a Southern Gentleman in Hollywood.
~ Laugh #1 ~
It’s one thing to know and understand human nature, body language, and foibles. It’s a whole other universe in which one must reside when it comes to translating and portraying these things in a story, words on a page, no visual cues, nothing, nada, no dice on the assist from a pic or a gif. Thornton lives there. No matter the story type or character, Thornton slathers them in truth, all of the humor and uncertainty and love contained within. I’m convinced that Thornton has some magnificent cliff-side abode, or a grand farmhouse, or whatever the hell he wants because, yeah, I know he’s getting his mail delivered in that universe. I know it.
~ Laugh #2 ~
Even if you know something about yourself, know it one thousand percent to be the truth, it’s still sometimes impossible to avoid the shredder of human happiness that is doubt. Even worse is when you know someone else just as well and, yet, the doubt still plops itself down right onto the sofa of your strong yet insecure heart.
~ Laugh #3 ~
Lest you think this is some stand-up comedy routine or some such, it is not. Two men, one relationship, nine years, and one of them is struggling to decide if those years and this man hold enough on which to build the rest of his future life. Can he trust his trust?
I tried to cry, wrinkled my face and tried to force the emotion, the fear out of my chest. It held on with little claws and refused to budge.
Thornton’s writing is a towering tray of truffle-worthy treats. His ability to bring me into a story from the git go is delightful, meaningful, and precious to me. He knows how to grab me. He uses all of the tools in his well-honed arsenal: emotion, humor, cleverness, and heart.
Y’all know I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: some of the best stories are short stories and worth every cent and more. Here is a brightly shining yet unassuming example of that. Just because a particular story grew up to become a novel doesn’t make it any better or more enjoyable. Trust me, I experienced that in the very same week I read this story. This story restored my momentarily misplaced trust.
Also? The title is an ‘a-ha moment’ kind of brilliance.
Oh, and if you’re keeping count, I laughed no few than three times in the less than 15 minutes it took for me to read this. Heh!
Here’s the dealio on my gift-away: anyone who peruses our blog and reads my reviews knows that I so enjoy Marshall Thornton’s writing, and I would love to spread that… love LOL. Innywho, if you’ve never read anything of his, or you have and you’ve got your eye on a particular title, let me hear it. In your comment, tell me why you’d like to read one for the first time or what you’ve read and why you loved it and, whichever your answer, tell me a single title of his you’d like to read. Anyone who answers the question and lists a title will get their name tossed into the hopper for the drawing for your chosen ebook.
ETA: this is for a title in ebook form.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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