Stacy Bolans work is generally short enough to be read
easily in one sitting, and is told in an engaging, first person style. The narrators do
tend to ramble, just as real people do at times, but also seem to bog the story down at
times with their observations. Her entries run the gamut from science fiction as in
"Peeping Tom" where an alien invader begins converting human males into females
who also pass the change along, to simple TV in "My Sisters Panties" where
the protagonist gets interested in cross dressing by originally wearing a pair of his
With this wide range of subject matter, just about anyone could find a category they
like among the authors stories. "An Adopted Life" is in mystery format
where a young woman awakes in the hospital with absolutely no memories of who she is. On
top of that, she has a husband and two children and the husband is not at all what he
originally seems. Her search for those lost memories, and the other odd events make this
one an interesting read even if the reader has probably twigged to who Sarah used to be.
"My Hearts Desire" is a nasty little story with a totally unlikable
character getting his just deserts by being forced to enact the victims revenge on
those who harmed her, himself included. Give this one a XX rating for incest.
"Obsession" involves the reunion of two childhood friends who were more than
friends. "A Little Knowledge is a cautionary tale that nearly sounds autobiographical
in some aspects. "Jury Duty" and "Heirloom" are magic stories with
some ghosts tossed in for additional interest in "Jury Duty".
Now come the spoilers. The authors pace is often erratic, with some areas of the
stories glossed over where more detail would have greatly improved the tale. One, Hearts
Desire, is incomplete, and several others have unsatisfying conclusions. Editing and
work on grammar would have helped these stories, as breaking up some long paragraphs would
have by improving continuity.
The authors tales are often difficult to read because of these problems, but
"Heirloom" "A Little Knowledge", and "An Adopted Life" are
worth the trouble.