Sunday, December 17, 2017
This is Simmons' second appearance in this blog. "Burnt Orange" is a fresh tale, by which I mean it went in directions I did not expect at all.
Shelby is a teenager with a problem. She likes to burn things.
Her mother is driving her to a reform school. Her mother, by the way, is a narcissist and a bit of a fabulist, which is no doubt is connected to the roots of Shelby's problems.
So I was expecting a story about a troubled kid, and I suppose in a way that's what I got.
But there are worse people out there than Shelby and her mother, and folks with worse problems. And if Shelby thinks fast enough she may be able to save a few lives. She may even get to use her, well, special talents to do it.
A clever tale.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
The good news is that Amanda's little shop in Venice, California is doing well.
The bad news is that some bad guys want to buy her building at a fraction of its worth.
The good news is that her father is a hit-man with an arsenal in his car trunk, all ready to wreak havoc on her enemies.
The bad news is that he's actually a retired hit-man, half-blind, limping, and his hearing isn't so good either.
The good news is that he remains determined to do anything necessary for his little girl.
And that's also the bad news...
Very funny story.