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It began with a gesture of kindness but soon I was at odds with my creepy new neighbor. When I began to suspect him of something more sinister things got ugly.
Posted February 13, 2012
Posted October 8, 2011
A short story that needs some editing and cleaning up! Quite the twist at the end that reminds the reader about individual perspectives and how they are fostered and perceived. I have to say it was an enjoyable quick read that is worth your time...
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Posted January 7, 2012
I did not enjoy this book.
One problem I had with the book was that the story felt slow and boring. I would have preferred something more scandalous to go on.
It also contained quite a few grammatical and spelling errors, which could easily have been fixed if the author had just taken a moment to read over his story. I mean, get just about anyone to read it over, they'd tell you what's wrong. Made me assume this was written in one heck of a rush.
I liked the main idea, it was original, and it definitely had potential to be an excellent story based on the idea. But, the amateur style of writing mixed with lack of pizzazz just completely damaged the concept and overall story.
It was a waste of time, really. Certainly not worth reading. I felt like a child could have very well written it.
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Posted July 14, 2013
I read this book twice and it never ceased to amaze me how it was written in such a way that everyone could understand it. Regardless of that fact, (I think) only few people could understand and grasp the true meaning of the short story. My sister recommended this book to me. After I read it (twice), we discussed about the narrator, what we noticed (and we noticed a lot of things!), and why the story was entitled <i>The Fallen Tree</i>
. The first thing I noticed was that the neighborhood he's living in was very nice. It reminded me of my hometown. The narrator--his name wasn't said in the story--moved into the Avila place (their neighborhood) shortly after having a head injury which made him unable to work and after his wife left him. Everything was "normal" in their neighborhood. The only odd thing was the new neighbor who moved into the house across the street.
I can't say any more than that because even though the story is very short (approximately 22 pages), I don't want to reveal too much <i>good stuff</i>
. The story was very well-written with great characters and very vague. It made me <i>think</i>
. I didn't understand much when I first read it--my face was full of question marks after reading it! Because of this, I re-read it then ta-dah! Everything just started to make sense. Just by reading this short story, I could easily tell that Hoogterp is a very good writer.
I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading short stories and even if you don't, give it a try! ^^
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Posted July 24, 2012
This reminds me of what it is like for people moving to new neighborhoods. Love that it is told by the main characters perspective and that plays nicely into the ending of the story. Itt is a quiick read but very interesting and nicely laid out. I was taken off guard by what I was thinking the end was going to be with what the author came up with. Excellent.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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The story starts from the POV of the good neighbor. Sometimes this is tough when you are a single man living in a neighborhood. A new neighbor moves in and spurns the friendly neighbor. What evil lurks in the house of the unfriendly neighbor. A fallen tree spins the story into action. A good readWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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