Short Story Review: Baby Teeth
What’s up, bibliophiles?
Having a good weekend? In between some finishing touches on some grad school work, I’m amping up for an almost week long trip to NJ for a wedding. Super excited to finally have a decent trip this year!
After my last read of The Vampire Connoisseur and a recent watching of Night Teeth (which I highly recommend, by the way) on Netflix, my mind gravitated once more towards vampires.
This time I read Baby Teeth by Daniel Polansky.
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I don’t really know anything about this author, but the cover was just so alluring I had to give it a try! Keep on scrolling for my full review!
A forlorn teenager’s monotonous life is interrupted when a stranger draws him into the hunt for a vampiric serial killer. He will learn that while monsters are much more real than he thought, there is no such thing as heroes.
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This was a tough short story to rate, but in the end I gave it a 3.5/5.
Vampires are a whole lotta fun, and this was something of a continuation of a marathon of vampire reads for me. Overall it was entertaining, but I thought there was some room for improvement.
I liked the gist of the story. Teenager witnesses a vampire rising from death. A crazy hunt for a vampire serial killer ensues. It sounds like the perfect mix for a great story.
The main character Graham was interesting. He played a lot of D&D (as have I in the past) with his friends, so I kind of just understood him from the get go. I also really liked the mystery element of figuring out how vampires work and what was really going on. Every world is different, and I love that about vampire tales.
On the other hand, I felt we didn’t get a complete story. There are bits that have time jumps over crucial moments with little explanation as to what happened after. That was really frustrating for me, and I’m not sure why the author did things that way. I’d prefer a longer, more complete story. From time to time, the writing could’ve been tightened up a little, and I didn’t like how Graham would hint at what happened before it actually happened. Don’t give away good info if you can simply show us what happened!
This was an entertaining vampire read, I just wish the story would’ve gone a bit further than it did.
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this short story review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this story? Are there other short stories you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!