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Short Story Review: Blood by Roddy Doyle

by Ann-Katrina

The short story Blood by Roddy Doyle can be found in Stories: All-New Tales Edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio.

Short Synopsis

A man, married with children, discovers one evening that he has an insatiable desire for blood, but doesn’t understand why. It’s not as though he’s a vampire, or even has an interest in them. Still, this desire drives him to do some crazy things which involves a neighbor’s chickens.

My Thoughts on Blood by Roddy Doyle

Overall, this was a quick and entertaining read, although I must admit the prose style required some getting used to. (There are no quotes for the dialog; it’s preceded by a dash.)

That said, this wasn’t the greatest short story I’d ever read. In a few places there was a noticeable voice shift which pulled me out of the story and other sections meandered, which just shouldn’t happen in a short story.

As far as character development goes, there wasn’t much, but it was forgivable since the primary focus is on what’s happening to the protagonist. The unfolding scenario was interesting enough to hold my attention and there was a fun twist at the end which made me smile on the inside.

This is my first time reading Roddy Doyle and, after this story, I’m likely to read more of his writing.

Final rating: B

(You can actually read this story online for free at the Times website. Don’t know if that link will work forever, though.)

Comments on Short Story Review: Blood by Roddy Doyle

  1. # Lisette wrote on July 5, 2010 at 6:07 pm:

    Oooh sounds very interesting. I will probably have the same issue in the beginning. I’m definitely not used to something like that hehe

    Thanks for the link! I’ll be checking it out soon especially since I’ve been wanting to read this book. It’s just an excerpt but it’s better than nothing ;)
    .-= Lisette´s last blog ..Book Review- Fallen by Lauren Kate =-.

  2. # Ann-Kat wrote on July 5, 2010 at 10:38 pm:

    It’s a super quick read though…I think it’s only about five pages or so. Let me know what you think.

  3. # Esaty wrote on November 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm: the very first glance,i was a bit shocked after seeing Doyle has jumped into a new step of story-telling which consists of Vampirism.But he soothes your worries and your prejudices fly away when you read it thoroughly.

    Thanks for the Short Synopsis.

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