Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Vagrant by Bryan Hall
"An intelligent and masterfully told story"
The Vagrant acts as a superb stand-alone story, but it also gives the reader something to look forward to. As an introduction to Bryan's Southern Hauntings Saga, this novelette offers just enough back story and character development to satisfy the reader, while unanswered questions leave you wanting more. Though the premise is nothing new or groundbreaking, Bryan's main character - Crate - brings a refreshing slant to the genre. In fact, the thing I like most about Crate is how human he is. For example, despite his ability to see ghosts since the age of thirteen, Crate still has a fear of them. Overall, I found The Vagrant to be an intelligently written tale that engages the reader from the very beginning. If you want classic storytelling at its best, check out this novelette. I can't wait to learn more about Crate's mysterious past and his experiences with the dead in the forthcoming Southern Hauntings Saga.