The Southpaw man
A decent read, if one without an incredibly compelling, or complicated plot. The highlights are definitely the mentions of supernatural elements outside of the plot, interesting enough to pique the reader’s interest without needing to dump any exposition on them, and the violent confrontation at the end, full of vivid imagery and descriptions. I think the main issue is that it’s a very formulaic plot: protagonist worries about mentions of antagonist, protagonist is ominously followed by antagonist, protagonist shakes antagonist, protagonist assumes they’re safe, to lull them and the audience into a false sense of security, antagonist makes a surprise entrance, the two struggle, antagonist usually kills protagonist. It’s a familiar scene to anyone who enjoys any form of horror, and, while it certainly doesn’t ruin the story, it does sort of doom it to mediocrity. Still worth reading, if only for the fun, vivid action, and to hear the mythology of the setting.
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