Short Story review – Saturnine, In Her Head, Out of Time

About a year ago, I reviewed Ray Hecht’s debut novel, South China Morning Blues. He’s written other stuff too, like a couple of short stories here and there, and his personal blog where he talks about life in China. Full disclosure, he sent me this story for free when I offered to read it and talk about it. Normally I don’t talk about short stories on this blog, but I’m making an exception here. Because this was written by a fellow blogger and I’m not used to talking about short stories, I won’t be giving a review score.

Saturnine, In Her Head, Out Of Time is a dramatic short story with a touch of science fiction. Saturnine is a recent graduate from University who’s suffering from an event she found traumatic. I won’t say anything too specifically, but it’s about a former boyfriend who seemed to just disappear. She just wants to know what happened and to say goodbye.

While surfing the internet one night, she stumbles on a new company that can give people a time travel-like experience. They can try to relive important moments in their life, but no matter how hard they try, the eventual outcome will be the same. For a while these sessions only make things worse, until near the end of the story she comes to a harsh but important realization.

It’s a very dramatic story for its length, answering the most important questions while still leaving enough open for interpretation. The idea behind the time travel experience is a fascinating one, and it doesn’t sound all that far-fetched. I think Saturnine, In Her Head, Out Of Time is still available for free on Kindle Unlimited if you’re a member of that service, or you can buy it for about $1. If this kind of dramatic story with a slight sci-fi angle interests you, this is well worth the price.

You can check out Hecht’s written work here and his blog here.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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2 Responses to Short Story review – Saturnine, In Her Head, Out of Time

  1. Ray says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! I’m honored to be your exception in short story reviews. Most of all, I’m glad that my story seemed to be successfully communicate the themes of emotional helplessness that I was going for, and just that the time-travel angle was fascinating.

    (If you would also like to share your thoughts on Amazon or Goodreads, that would also be appreciated but I hope I don’t ask for too much..)


  2. Ray says:

    Reblogged this on Ray Hecht.


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