The Blue Horse by Leslie Garland

The Blue Horse by Leslie Garland
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (91 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

A strangely dressed clergyman, wearing a pair of designer sunglasses, asks Peter for a lift to the Cathedral. And so starts four very strange and revelatory days of philosophical discussion on life and death, the nature of time and eternity, and resurrection. Desperately trying to understand, Peter is swept along from one situation to the next until finally he grasps what this strange and enigmatic man has been trying to explain to him.

A Red Grouse Tale which will keep you hooked and leave you with a lump in your throat.

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Philosophy isn’t a topic that is usually discussed deeply in science fiction stories. I was intrigued by the thought of combining these two things and pleased with how Mr. Garland mixed them together. This is something that’s mean to be read slowly and thoughtfully. Some of its messages about the nature of time and how humans experience it require work on the part of the audience in order to understand them, but I appreciated the challenge.

There were times when I wished that the paranormal themes were explained a little more clearly. Peter had an experience in one particular scene involving an animal that was beautifully described without giving the audience any hints about what it meant. As much as I enjoyed the process of putting clues together in general, I did need more help figuring this one out.

The horror themes were subtle but incredibly well done. I’m a huge fan of being scared by psychological means, so I was quite happy to see this included in the plot. Peter had good reason to be frightened in certain scenes. While there were plenty of other things going in, including those moments was critical to explaining what was happening and why it was happening. The author did a great job of communicating this to the audience while still expecting us to put certain things together on our own.

This is part of a series that can be read in any order the reader prefers. Anyone who enjoys it should definitely check out the rest of the Red Grouse Tales, too.

The Blue Horse was a delightful read that drew me back into a world I thought I might not get to visit again. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

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