Saturday, April 20, 2013

"Zelda" by Kathleen Scheiner


Title: "Zelda" 
Author/Illustrator: Kathleen Scheiner
Genre: Horror/Disaster
Length: Short story
Naja's Morality Policing: PG-13 (language and violence)
Setting: Contemporary Brooklyn, USA

I'd been searching for self-published books to read and stumbled on this one when I did a search for mermaids. The cover was so bizarre, I had to see what was going on. After reading this book, I found the cover mermaid to be a very helpful image. The story leaves the reader wondering what happened before all of the chaos the city was plunged into, what's happening during the heart of the action, and what's going to happen after all of the action takes place.

The short story is edited religiously for clarity of language. There are no typos, no grammatical errors, no gimmicks- it ends (which is often pretty rare for indies). It doesn't lead up to another story, promotion or anything else (although this would make a great full-length novel).

Rather than this brevity leaving you with the feeling that you might be missing something, this inspires a craving for more. The story is a well-cropped snapshot of dystopian New York- a blend of Jaws meets one of those "last person on Earth" scenarios. It's a monster movie in a Kindle file.

If you're looking for something entertaining and original, this is a good example of the unconventional stuff that's possible with Kindle self-publishing.

The author is available on Twitter and Goodreads and is currently concentrating on horror and science fiction. She has one other ebook available as of May 2016.

This review was for the version uploaded on May 17, 2012.