The Voice Catcher by Tyra Tanner


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Post May 04, 2016, 12:10:54 PM

The Voice Catcher by Tyra Tanner

Anyone got any thoughts on "The Voice Catcher"

I enjoyed it. I thought it had a nice ominous feel, and I've always been fond of stories where nature turns against us.

I was curious if the author had an explanation for the change in the trees? One is given in the story, but it's rather perfunctory. A longer explanation wouldn't have fit without derailing the flow of things, but I was just curious.
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Post May 04, 2016, 10:43:34 PM

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I just finished reading this, so I haven't got much to say about it yet. Just or starters, though, the prose is exceptionally beautiful, and the overall feel of the story puts me in mind of Ray Bradbury.

The character arc is really powerful.

I think this one could find a home on the Best Of list.
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Post May 05, 2016, 08:21:13 AM

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I felt the Bradbury riff as well.
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Post May 05, 2016, 12:16:14 PM

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Mahatma_Randy wrote:I felt the Bradbury riff as well.

So maybe that counts as another vote for Best Of. :D

One of the things Bradbury did well—almost better than anybody—was to dig into our deepest fears, and this story is all about that. We find that the trees were never a real threat, but, hearing disembodied voices—? THAT scares, and Tyra brought it off beautifully. The thing being, that before some certain age, a kid doesn't know to be afraid; it's only the adults who panic. Who knows why? Stacia just got the chance to hear the friendly side early, and developed the beginnings of an empathetic relationship with the trees, so the adult fear had opposition.
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Post May 06, 2016, 10:23:24 AM

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Lester Curtis wrote:So maybe that counts as another vote for Best Of. :D

Wow, it's almost like I should have given the story top billing and put her name on the zine cover. ;)

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Post May 07, 2016, 11:01:41 AM

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Hi, all. Just want to say thanks for the positive feedback on my story. In response to the question about how the trees suddenly became cognizant, the short answer is: I have no idea. The long answer: I discovery write, and when I started the story, I only saw a snippet in my mind of a little girl wandering a forest that seemed alive. I've got to say, I'm amused and pleased to hear the name Ray Bradbury crop up. His collection of essays, Zen in the Art of Writing, is one of my all-time favorite books on writing. When I first read it, I thought, ah, finally, someone "gets" me, and it has been influential in the direction I've taken in my writing process. Thanks again.

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Post May 08, 2016, 09:58:13 PM

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Sometime I read the critiques before I read and critique a story, and sometimes I don’t. With
this story I did.

First, I enjoyed reading this story. The prose was very good, and I had no difficulty following the story. Stacia ventured into the unknown—or little known since she had some experience with the forest. I’ll not go into any deep literary analysis of this story because I feel the story exists for entertainment.

Good beginning; it grabbed my attention, and that is always a plus. The narrative of the first paragraph was long enough and not overly draw out. All the writing in this story followed the principle of Show/Tell rather well. The dialogue sounded real and sensory input could be felt though out the story. Italics were used when needed and not over done, as some stories do.

The Ray Bradbury is definitely in this story and so is a little of Stephen King. At times it reminded me of the Martian Chronicles and other times Dandeline Wine. But I must admit it’s been over forty-five years since I’ve read either!

I usually don’t like Fantasy but I did enjoy reading this one! The only question I have is why “Sludge Truck?”


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Post May 10, 2016, 10:42:09 AM

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Thanks, Megawatts, for the critique. I appreciate the time you took to give meaningful feedback. Thank you.

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Post May 11, 2016, 11:36:15 AM

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tywalker wrote:Hi, all. Just want to say thanks for the positive feedback on my story. In response to the question about how the trees suddenly became cognizant, the short answer is: I have no idea. [...], I thought, ah, finally, someone "gets" me, and it has been influential in the direction I've taken in my writing process. Thanks again.


Gotcha. I tend to write extemporaneously myself. Sometimes, though, the author knows things they only allude to, or which aren't important for the story, just background information that they, themselves, have to know, so I was curious about that.

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