Castiel is a foster kid that ends up at Mama Moseley's on the trailer park where Dean & Sam live with their drunken father. Follows Cas from age 14 to 17, Dean a year older. An enjoyable fic if a little long.
by Michelle Muto
I was warned. The story starts out with a girl attempting to commit suicide, to join her twin sister in death. The writing is very good and takes the reader into the character's mindset in a way that someone who hasn't been depressed normally wouldn't experience. The transition when she begins to realize she doesn't really want to do this is remarkable and I think would serve as a good warning for anyone who has ever contemplated suicide. Most people do change their minds when it gets too real, though for some it's too late by then.
The one thing I couldn't reconcile was disincarnate spirits having tears, letting out breath and bleeding when they don't eat or have other physical characteristics. Feeling pain might have worked on its own but too many living attributes hampered the believability.
Despite this, there was some real originality in the events and I found the story an enjoyable read. I did guess the twist at the end by halfway through, but I tend to pick up easily on the slightest hint of foreshadowing. Towards the end some of the fast action lost me a little, but overall I thought it was a good story and a well-written, enjoyable read.
FEAR OF FREE STANDING OBJECTS: A COLLECTION is an impressive and imaginative group of stories that swept through me like a slow moving storm and left me like jello, shivering on the floor.
I can't list my thoughts on all of them here, but the ones that blew me away were:
AN INCIDENT IN CENTRAL VILLAGE- Pond monsters!
THE YATTERING-A haunted bookstore. Already, with the title and subject alone, it screams my name.
THE SICKENING-At this point in time, what with COVID19 and its effects, this tale was even scarier than it otherwise would have been.
At least COVID19 doesn't make us kill each other. At least not yet.
AND THE HITS JUST KEEP COMING -A "tables are turned" type of story.
LOTUS PETALS: LIMINAL PERSONAE-Body Horror that put me in mind of Geek Love or some of Michael Blumlein's work.
SYBARITES (OR THE ENMITY OF PERVERSE EXISTENCE) I don't even know what to say about this other than that this was the tale that cemented my thoughts about how great this collection really was.
To be honest, this was a collection where every story worked for me on some level or another. That's a rare occurrence, so I took my time savoring these tales and surrendered myself to whatever it was Mr. Rinaldi wanted to show me. I'm so glad I did!
My highest recommendation!
Get your copy here: FEAR OF FREE STANDING OBJECTS: A COLLECTION
*Thanks to Doug Rinaldi for the paperback arc in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*