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In the Mirror
by Robin Lythgoe (Goodreads Author)
A disillusioned author haunted by the disappearance of his father inherits a mirror and discovers that his own story can have an alternate ending.
Nook, 0 pages
Published July 18th 2011 by Robin Lythgoe
(first published July 2011)
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I felt like I got a glimpse into what would be a really exciting and enthralling story, and then had it yanked away. The style of writing is lovely, but this felt like it should have been a first chapter in a much longer story. The real meat of the adventure would have started after he entered the mirror, and we didn't get to see any of it, which was disappointing. I keep hoping I'm going to find a novel written by this author, but so far I'm only seeing short stories.
Short, but sweet. Mirrors are usually unfriendly objects in fantasy, so this story was a nice change from that plot device. I would have liked to read about the world beyond the mirror, but it didn't seem to be the point of the story. This is more about two people taking a risk for a second chance at life. I enjoyed it.
I typically prefer to read novels as opposed to short stories but the cover art (and wonderful reviews) drew me in. This short story took about 5 minutes to read but it was a charming tale with some mystery thrown in. Although short, it was a good read. It's like they say, quality not quantity.
I normally avoid short stories because I like a good long read with details and character development. Most of them read like little more than outlines. This is a good, satisfying story about where authors get some of their inspiration and has a bit of a fantasy twist to it. I really enjoyed it.
A very good read of magic and hope. I can almost feel the mirror, hear the clacking of the old typewriter. It brings to mind being a child and indulging in flights of imagination. A well crafted tale that could easily be the setting for more stories.
This is the greatest little short story. I loved the characters, very well developed story line that just reaches out and grabs you. I wish I had that mirror. Take a few minutes and enjoy a cute tale about a magical mirror. Highly recommended.
Robin Lythgoe was born in Maryland, but spent several years in Oregon and did a short stint in upstate New York before moving to Utah. She married an artist, and together they have four wonderful children. Reading and writing have always been a part of her life, and she is particularly drawn to fantasy. When she was growing up her mother often led expeditions to the library, from which the entire ...moreMore about Robin Lythgoe...