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Tribulation


Doyle's hurt, Bodie stands by.

Tribulation by asymphototropic

With a look of determination that proclaimed, "I am a soldier experienced in field medicine, don't even think about doubting my competence," Bodie gathered the knife from his sock drawer, the magnifying glass from in front of his copy of the Oxford Unabridged English Dictionary, and a clean flannel from the linen cupboard. As a final touch, he brought forth his cheapest bottle of scotch.

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shooting2kill
Apr. 14th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
Ah, now this is interesting.....I've just read this and really liked it but I think this is the first story by this particular writer that I've actually completed (it's true, it *is* short!). I've tried a couple of others and just couldn't get on with the style of her writing (perhaps it's an acquired taste?) and almost felt I needed a dictionary beside me.

Thanks for encouraging me to read her work!
cloudless_9193
Apr. 14th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
That's funny. I'have trouble reading her stories too - always have to take my time and concentrate hard on them – and blamed it to the fact that English is not my first language.

The only other two stories I've read are Contrary Virtue, which is a bit strange, but I liked it in the end, and Return Ticket Punched, which is worth reading, too, I think, and has some nice lines like this: Aw, Ray. Bodie wanted to touch him, see him, speak to him. But his hands and eyes and heart were all frozen in solid dark ice, and all he could do was listen.
firlefanzine
Apr. 15th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
Uff! I'm glad that I'm not the only one.
Maybe I give this one a try. Maybe.
cloudless_9193
Apr. 15th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
It's reasonably short, so you won't have to waste much time on it. And her style is not that pronounced here. So it's quite safe. :-)
shooting2kill
Apr. 14th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
and blamed it to the fact that English is not my first language.

I think your English is excellent and I'm sure that's not the reason because I find some of her writing a bit difficult to read, too, and at times I felt as if I was missing the point of it (which I probably was) and I suppose I couldn't be bothered to make the effort. (And maybe it wasn't my kind of humour.) Though there are other stories which require more effort and concentration e.g. Rimy's Werewolves which I don't mind giving the time to, so I don't know...

Edited at 2010-04-14 09:43 pm (UTC)
cloudless_9193
Apr. 15th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
Though there are other stories which require more effort and concentration e.g. Rimy's Werewolves which I don't mind giving the time to, so I don't know...

I needed a second attempt to finish Werewolves when I read it the first time, but I like it a lot now. Must read it again, as you remind me of it.
And one other story I had to read several times was Jojo's Today's Lesson. :-)
shooting2kill
Apr. 15th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
Just in case you're interested, there's a shortish discussion here (and also something at the Pros Lit discussion group):

http://community.livejournal.com/ci5hq/69842.html

And one other story I had to read several times was Jojo's Today's Lesson. :-)

Hmmm...I both love and hate it if that makes any sense! This bit always gets to me:

The blow to the head is substantial. They don't know he did it to himself.
cloudless_9193
Apr. 15th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link. Very interesting. I agree with your conclusion regarding the scene after the pub.

As to Today's Lesson, it makes sense. There are so many things only implied and left to imagination which is almost worse than having it written down clearly, I think.
ci5mates
Apr. 15th, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reccie, I just found time to read it. I really enjoyed it. I don't know that I have read any others of hers but this one was sweet and easy to envisage. I loved the trust involved even if it was on a small scale.
cloudless_9193
Apr. 15th, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it. :-)
siskiou
Apr. 15th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
I had a really hard time with the first story I read by her, but was intrigued by the speech patterns and rhythm and have come to enjoy her writing very much.
cloudless_9193
Apr. 15th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
I haven't read all of her stories yet but the few I've tackled were worth the effort. :-)
potztausend
Apr. 15th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your rec - it is sweet!
cloudless_9193
Apr. 16th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it. :-)
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