Save Jake Venice by Asher Oswald

Save Jake Venice by Asher Oswald
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

When I heard Jake Venice had taken his life, I felt like I died with him. Suffocated by the fluff and fakeness of the plastic faces at his funeral, all I wanted to do was join him…wherever he was now.

I woke up the next morning with one last chance. Somehow, I was put ten days back, and I had one shot to try and save Jake. I drove across the country to find him, but when I did…How do you convince someone to hold on who’s already let go? How do you bring light to someone committed to the darkness? I have ten days to try.

A complicated topic tackled in a short story.

I’m a sucker for short stories and even more of one for tortured heroes. This short story certainly delivered on the tortured front. My heart bled for Jake.

I commend the author on tackling a difficult topic. There are some people who look at the world through the lens of depression and can’t see a way out. There are others who need order and logic, but can’t comprehend emotion. That’s Jake. The author wrote him in a fashion that made me both love and hate him. I didn’t like how combative and sharp-tongued he could be, but I’ve known people like Jake, so in that sense he was realistic. As for the other hero, I appreciated his desire to stick with his mission.

That said, this wasn’t the kind of book I might have picked up otherwise. There were rough edges to the characters and the ending wasn’t what I expected. If you’re looking for something fluffy and light, then this might not be the short story you’re wanting. But if you want something a little coarser, then this is the kind of story you’ve probably wanted for quite a while.


  1. Megan Oremovich says:

    This is from a lover of short stories. I did read this in one sitting. Yes it’s that good. After reading this I did not feel that something was missing from the story. You know the wondering about characters that often happens after reading a short story? Let’s face it folks sometimes you just feel empty after reading it. This story is completely put together. I love how the author was able to depict raw emotions and real conflict between the two lovers. Yes I said lovers as in both of them. The writing was so clear. One character embraced the love the other tried with all his being to deny and repel the love. This is real. Relationships do need to be fought for sometimes. Hard to handle feeling happen. I’m fortunate to have read this. Thank you Jean Pierre.

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