the Comfort of their Favorite Armchair
December 07, 2001
Today's Featured Author - Sara UK
by: Samantha Jay
Sara has two stories on the site, one of which is currently
up to four parts.
"Lies and Lace", a hugglebugs story, effectively is about experiencing
life from the each others prospective and was nicely done. A small point, I would
have thought that Kevin would have dressed slowly, sharing his enjoyment of the new
sensations he was feeling with the readers, but, maybe Kevin was eager to be outside,
relishing those new adventures, I know I would. Okay, when Dean showed up with
Kevins sister, I smelled a set up, but that didnt spoil my enjoyment. I liked
the way Kevin was swept along, as if on a roller coaster, by both Ann and Dean. I have a
habit of putting myself into the main character when reading and I found this one to be
very rewarding. I really identified with Kevin and found myself imagining hi feelings and
thoughts. I was scared when Ann showed up; I felt the thrill of being a beautiful woman
walking down the street. I was there!
"A New Life" is a classic tale of boy losing old life and finding new
one. Yes, I know the plot has been done before, but with so many authors and stories
out there, its difficult to find a new topic. Its a difficult
subject, as there are many good stories of this type and most of the different variations
on the plot theme have been tried, but Sara has done a very good job. I thought the pace
was a bit fast, but then I am getting on a bit and my walking stick only has one speed,
slow. I really liked the dream scenes, I probably would have put them in a different type,
but that would have spoilt the effect I suspect the author was trying to achieve. Overall
it is a nice story with a happy ending, the type I like, and is well written. I bonded
with Jenny, I smelt my fear in the back of the van, I felt the pain as I hit the road and
I also felt the love and compassion of Sandra. How I wished I was that lucky.
Sara was first published on Storysite in July of this year, but I believe her writing
has improved as she has gained confidence. She is one of the softer story breed,
the style I like and I have no hesitation in recommending her work. My only criticism is,
as I stated earlier, that I found the pace of the stories too fast, but that is just my
view and you probably wont agree with me.
Burgeoning new authoress Sara UK has contributed two stories this
past year to the site. The first is a four part serial that could expand but can stand as
is. The second is an addition to the growing "Hugglebug" universe of stories.
"A New Life" comes in four parts and like a Dickens novel each chapter leaves
one waiting for the next. However, like Dickens, Sara uses the MAC attack approach to
storytelling. No, this isn't some form of computerized writing nor does it have any
special sauce. A MAC attack is the use of a multitude of astonishing coincidences to carry
the story. This form is most often used in fairy tales which in many ways "A New
Life" resembles, in fact, the Ugly Duckling tale comes immediately to mind.
On top of this Sara has chosen one of the most difficult forms of storytelling, a
dialogue-driven story. Quite a challenge first time out of the box. For the most part Sara
succeeds, although sometimes the dialogue is terse and uninformative. This tends to leave
the reader in the dark as the dialogue is what drives the story and we go careening down
the road a bit out of control. Still for a first effort the dialogue stands up well with
certain scenes such as in the van in Part I being especially evocative.
As in most TG fairy tales clothes make the man - happy. To this end we are treated to
several shopping expeditions which provide for the most non dialogue dependent portions of
the story - getting dressed. If there is a major weakness is it the narrow focus of the
main character's actions, at times seeming to simply be an animated Barbie doll. In part
this arises out of the MAC approach in which everything the heart desires is provided to
make the transition from ugly duckling to swan.
Sara's other story "Lies and Lace" plays on an equally frequent theme in TG
stories, trading places although not quite a trade but more of a substitution story. The
Hugglebug nanites are the vehicle used to allow the main character to check out the other
side of the fence with a little twist added for good measure. Once again a light story
with a happy ending.
With time and continued writing will come added depth in Sara's stories which will make
the reading trip all the more worthwhile. For now her stories provide a most pleasurable
Editor - Heather Sinclair