Point and Counterpoint # 01 – Sizzle & Eger
Review of: The Shine of a Sinful Heart by Ximena Escobar
Eger: What makes a sinful heart shine? It appears it’s a pirate’s question.
I love a story where a man gives a woman what she wants, even if it’s something you can barely imagine. There is a much deeper twist to this intricate tale. Blood, of course, is shiny, especially when it is pumping harder due to rising levels of deceit and suspicion, heightened anticipation, when those involved are getting away with something they shouldn’t get away with. In this story, the woman gets to keep what she thinks she wants but must give up something equally important, and the irony is, because of its sinful nature, will never lead to happily ever after even if it looks beautiful.
If this story was a blood pressure cuff, I would give it a 180/105. Call your doctor immediately as these numbers are obviously above normal!
If this story were coins in a pirate’s chest, I would give it five gold doubloons, a hearty argh argh, and welcome to never-after matey!
Sizzle: Ximena Escobar is a writer whose work I find I need to read twice. Within the structure of her exquisite sentences, one can take different meanings. I loved the reflection of the seven deadly sins, one for each day of the week. This has become the only trait that she admires about herself, despite being young and beautiful, the sins in her heart rule her world. Self- adoring hunger for the sins, because she has turned away from God, she has nothing but them.
She is vain. At first I thought she might have taken a boar’s heart to replace her own to give to the queen, but then I find I can also read it so that she has taken the hunter’s heart and she has no remorse. This is Sleeping Beauty with a sprinkle of Pandora’s Box on steroids. Ximena Escobar drives me to think!
All five senses are titillated by this short four-hundred and eighteen-word micro-fiction story. But it’s the taste it leaves in your thoughts. You need to know more, and are wont to go back to read it again to see what comes out this time.
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