Dutch by Richard Tornello


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Post July 21, 2011, 01:49:18 PM

Dutch by Richard Tornello

I like the indirectness of this story . . . right up to the end, and even after a revealing incident, nearly everything about this strange group of people is implied, rather than revealed. Generates a lot of curiosity. And, even though nothing is directly stated about what they are, the reader can't escape the conclusion.

Nothing about the story strains the reader's sense of credibility. Very smooth, with a nice element of humor added concerning the vehicle, as well as some other little mundane details that brought the setting to life.

Not much dialog, but what there was had a very natural feel.

Very nice job, Rick.
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Post July 21, 2011, 02:28:54 PM

Re: Dutch by Richard Tornello

When Richard gave me a peek at this story a few months back, I absolutely fell in love with it, re-reading it four times right off the bat. It's what sci-fi, fantasy should be: good literature. Its 'Dutch' people are always kept behind a curtain of uncertainty - Where do they come from? - What are their rituals? - Why do they wander into town occasionally?
I like the way the author incorporates so much about the community he grew up in, with details about shops and the streets and such.
I'm so pleased that it ended up here in Aphelion. I really enjoyed this one!
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