Of Drugs and Wishes

Snow by Howard Odentz is as near perfect a short story as I have ever read. It occurred to me at one-third of the way into the story that every paragraph served a purpose. There were no wasted words. Each paragraph enticed the reader to go on to the next one. There was no sense of an author writing, “Oh, I forgot to mention this so I will explain things in the next couple of paragraphs.” This story charged forward at a very aggressive fast pace and then rewarded the reader with a nice surprise at the end. Many readers might figure out what was coming at the 90% point but if they don’t, the surprise is clever and twisted. Best of all, the price on Amazon is USD 0.00. I gave this novel five Amazon stars and will certainly download his longer novels, even the one with the weird price of USD 3.03.