Book Review: Learning to Fly

Posted April 21, 2011 by Kara in book review, Kara / 2 Comments

Book Review: Learning to FlyLearning to Fly by Gina Penn
Published by Self Published on March 28th 2011
Genres: adult, horror
Pages: 70
Format: eBook
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David wakes up from a drunken stupor to find a headache in his head and the dangerous end of a handgun in his face. The Tall Man has finally come for him, as he suspected he would and no matter how much David begs and pleads, he isn't going to get away with murder.

Joseph Ryder is a best-selling author and recovering alcoholic. After overexposure with his biggest novel and a messy divorce, he finds he's grown tired of his life and is ready for a change. Mostly he misses his wife and children but is too ashamed to confront them after so many hard times he's given them. Until one day, he's given a gift.

People all around you are crying, hysterical. The woman next to you won't shut up. Everything is chaos and all you want to do is make a phone call and time is running out.

Ralph Massey is a simple man, recently retired and widowed. After falling asleep in his favorite chair, he wakes to the sound of something falling inside his house. He locates the item after a short search when he notices a flicker of movement outside his window. Upon closer inspection he sees something he never imagined he'd ever see and quickly learns that this is not a one time viewing session. But even just a peek comes with a price.

Quick review here, because this self-published short-story collection was only 66 pages long.

I volunteered to read and review this for a friend of mine on twitter. I have to say that I really liked it! Horror, as you all know, is not my favorite genre. But I thought this 4-story collection was remarkably well-done.

The first story was thought provoking and I think I would enjoy seeing this one expanded. It’s hard for me to give out any information without spoiling it for you. But I think it could be really good. I loved the swamp setting too.

The second story was good, but I didn’t find that much special there. It was well-written but I feel like I’ve read it before somewhere else.

The third story I enjoyed because I wanted to punch that crying lady in the face, but at the same time I felt sympathy for her. I was conflicted. Well done.

My favorite story by far though, was the last one, Peek. And I don’t even really know what to say or how to explain to you why I liked it so much. I think it’s just one of those things that sticks with you. The characters were memorable. And so was the story. I do believe that I will remember this one for some time to come. I think a lot of horror writing sticks with you that way if it’s well done.

I highly recommend reading this horror short-story collection, though I couldn’t for the life of me explain why it’s titled, “Learning to Fly.” I think it might sell better if it had a different title, but what do I know? Check it out guys. It’s a fast read, a bit grisly, but a lot of fun.


2 responses to “Book Review: Learning to Fly

  1. Thank you for taking the time to read my collection. The next book is called The Dark Layer and will be out next month. It’s a quantum leap longer than this one and I hope you’ll enjoy it just as much! Thanks again.

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