Inside most of us readers lie a passion for writing. Don’t deny it, you love writing! There are tons of talent out there, but good talent is hard to find and good talent takes a while to take shape. “Teller of Tales” is a weekly meme that features the writing of amateur (that is, unpublished) authors, itching for the spotlight. Every Tuesday and Thursday, you’ll find talent ready for the worldwide market, and you’ll find talent that needs a bit more scrubbing. Nevertheless, I am here to share the stories of many. Enjoy!
Author: Luana Spinetti
Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣
Read it here!
Amanda is an outcast who was thrown into Colony-69, because of her revolutionary ideas. Shunned by everyone, the only thing that passes the days are the long hours spent at the junkyard and at home, where she pieces together her findings to create her inventions. One day, Amanda finds a peculiar object that she can’t resist taking home. In a planet of scrap pieces, she finds the one piece of metal that fits perfectly into the hole of her heart.
I’ve been a long time admirer of Luana, but mostly because of her wonderful blog posts and websites. What I did not know about her though, was that not only was she talented with blogging, she was talented with the English language in general. Luana was mostly the person who inspired this weekly feature as she came to me asking for a review of one of her short stories. I was honoured to do so, and pleasantly surprised.
There’s something beautiful about this story. Not only was the writing absolutely excellent, but it explored even deeper than the longing for human companionship. The tale of society corrupt by power and money has never been told enough. Society puts limitations on the true nature of human beings and this story portrays it very well.
Amanda, the heroine of the story, is a genius. However, her brains are a threat to those in power and thus, she is banished and sent to Colony-69. From the first few paragraphs, we learn that Amanda is an independent, intelligent, and strong woman but no one wants to do anything with her. She spends her time inventing things in her home and minimizes any contact with the outside world. It isn’t until she finds her treasure in the junk yard does her weaknesses start to show. I thought she was strong but after her discovery, all she does is cry. Suddenly, she’s extremely weak and vulnerable. Although I’m glad that she does have her flaws, I just kept thinking about how out of character it was for her. It’s amazing how the characters in this story just keep surprising you as it goes on!
What I also really liked about this story was that it was concise. I’ve read too many short stories that had too many useful information, too many characters, too many events, etc. but this had just the right amount of everything. It stuck to the story line and plowed through to the very end.
However, one thing that I did not enjoy about the story was that I felt the ending was a bit abrupt. I really wanted to know what would happen after Amanda has found “the one” and if they would stay like that forever. I also wanted to know how they managed the relationship. It all seemed too perfect. Apart from man, man’s creations are one of the most flawed things that has existed.
All in all, I really enjoyed this story. It’s definitely top quality and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it in a collection of short stories. Luana is definitely talented. I look forward to seeing what she’s really capable of in terms of an actual novel. I would say that’s she would be someone to keep an eye out for.