Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Son of Liberty: review and lesson learned by me
My only disappointment with the novelette was it's seemingly abrupt end--I wasn't ready for it to be finished. I was just feeling at home with the story, ready to hunker in for 200 more pages. At first I thought a sequel must be just around the corner and this novelette was just a clever marketing tool to introduce a series. When I asked the author Daron Fraley about it, he responded, "You must not read many short stories do you?" He was correct--I've read zero short stories.
No wonder I was disappointed. I was expecting the same thing out of this short story as I do in a full length novel, i.e. plot development and character development, both in a nice tall arc with plenty of conflict and a satisfying resolution in the end. Daron wrote:
Short stories by nature don't have the character development, or the sub-plots, or conflict/climax, that would be present in a full length novel.
They typically have a theme, and make a particular point to the reader, but that's it. So feeling like you were hanging a bit is not unnatural.
The point of the story is:
1. Destruction of America
2. What different people do to deal with it
3. Alex's own fears, and what he does to show his true character: Specifically giving the knife to the family (charity/love), and trying to save both the flag, the lodge, and John's life (courage)
4. Most important: No matter how hard your life is, a glorious resurrection awaits all those who earn it.
If you didn't get that from the story, then that is my fault as a writer.
Well, I did get that from his story. Son of Liberty is a well crafted short story/novelette. If you are a fan of short stories and history/patriotism, I highly recommend this novelette by Daron Fraley.