A Lifetime of Memories By Lester Curtis


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Post May 25, 2010, 09:13:02 PM

A Lifetime of Memories By Lester Curtis

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Post May 28, 2010, 11:23:32 PM

Love the first-person stories at times. This one was Okay.

Tie a string around your finger to remember! Just had to get that one in.

The intro worked for it did get my attention. Lisa must be an easy target,
one that serial-killers would go after, for she admits she moved up
the food chain leaving behind the ‘prey animal’ or perfect victim as she thought
of herself.

I’m not sure if the bike possessed some power over the owner or not, but
the interior thought of Lisa does suggest it. And it was a red bike, the color often associated with demons and
such.

Stealing memories would be a good way to get pin numbers and code words, and
learn where someone else’s valuable are hidden. Paul was a master at that, with only
a look he could open up Lisa’s mind and let all her memories drain out and into his mind.

A nice ending; Paul ready got what he deserved helped by Lisa’s friend Mary.


I didn’t understand how the looks worked in robbing a mind, and how Lisa managed
to acquire that ability, but I always like the bad guy getting his, and Paul finally got his!!


good story
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Post May 29, 2010, 12:35:01 AM

Mmm . . . the bike was just a prop . . . still, I'm always interested in seeing how other people interpret story elements. Glad you liked it.

I've entertained the notion of turning this into a series . . . you can get the notion that Mary is a Dangerous Person, and the two of them could go off on adventures. I never did anything with it yet, though.

I didn’t understand how the looks worked in robbing a mind, and how Lisa managed
to acquire that ability
The bigger question is, how did Paul learn this trick . . . then you've got to wonder who else might be at large with the ability . . .
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Post May 29, 2010, 07:57:54 PM

I enjoyed this story quite a bit. I think you got the first person perspective spot on, as I can hear her voice in my head telling me her story. Also, you didn't reveal anything that the character shouldn't know or been unable to discover throughout the story. Also, I loved the way you described roaming around in Paul's mind. For me it was an effective visual.

The red bike may just be a prop, but it works rather well as a symbol. Paul passed it on to Lisa and in kind of the same way passed the ability to steal memories. Lisa associates it with that ability. Very interesting.

If you were planning on making this a series I'd recommend doing it from a first person perspective but change who the perspective is each time and have Mary enter their lives and do what she does best, balance things out. I could see that being a cool concept.
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Post June 01, 2010, 08:00:19 PM

The bike story

I thought this story worked well as a procautionary tale. It's a bad idea to give your power away. This is especially true for women who are told to look out for prince charming - for that moment of flying when a man looks deep into her soul and claims her heart. As most women have found, it's a mistake to hand your life over to someone else. As this story shows, your life may be messed up, but it takes a man to really mess things up.
There was a small note about when the author says "The first thing ..." and the next paragraph was "At first..." but it wasn't a biggie. Overall, I liked it, as a precautionary tale for women. Thanks, Lester, for showing me what drips men can be. They will tell you sweet lines and steal your life.
I need to send this in before I get another Bud. Good job, Lester. Submit.
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Post June 08, 2010, 07:38:42 PM

I really liked the story, it was well written and sucked me in. Who ever the hell Mary is, its got me intrigued. I'd love to see it as a series, like you proposed. I want to write more, but I'm really fried today.
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