Love, Movies and a Dragon?


Fiction - Short Story/Novela
53 Pages
Reviewed on 05/04/2019
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Author Biography

Steve Zimcosky was born in the Slavic Village area of Cleveland, Ohio. He spends his time writing short stories on a variety of subjects he hopes his readers will enjoy. He is a Holistic Health educator and teaches Qigong and Tai Chi at Case Western Reserve University and various health and wellness centers in the Cleveland area. He enjoys seeing people’s health improve by practicing these ancient Chinese healing arts as well as the art of Reiki.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

What would you do if a loved one had been in an accident and was now in a coma? Sit by the bedside and talk to them? Researchers believe that coma patients can hear what people are saying to them. What do you think would happen if you were in a coma? Would you be immersed in some amazing dream-infused experience? Would you be struggling to reach the loved ones talking to you?

Alexa’s father is in a coma following an electrical accident. He’s lucky to be alive. His wife, Akemi, sits by his side and talks to him, reminding him of all the movies they saw together. On the other side of the spectrum, Alexa’s father meets a Japanese dragon, Fuku Riu, the dragon of good luck and healing, who takes him on a fantastic journey exploring some of the secrets of his wife’s ancestry, of the Samurai, noble Japanese warriors, and the atomic bomb that Akemi’s mother believed wiped out her family.

Steve Zimcosky’s story, Love, Movies and a Dragon?, is really a combination of stories: Akemi and Alexa’s story, Alexa’s father’s story and the story of Akemi’s mother and her family. The multitude of stories is cleverly molded together to read like a compilation of memoirs. If the reader isn’t already a believer in near-death experiences, this is a story that will make him/her a believer. The plots run parallel and, whilst effectively developing the individual characters, it unravels a number of family secrets as well. A fascinating tale of love, of movies and, of course, a dragon.

Jack Magnus

Love, Movies and a Dragon? is a dramatic novella written by Steve Zimcosky. Alexa was horrified when her step-mom, Akemi, called her one night and told her that Alexa’s dad had been injured on the job. There was an electrical explosion which caused burns over his arms, but worse, the impact of the explosion smashed his body against a concrete wall, breaking an arm and a leg and causing swelling in his brain. The doctors at St. Vincent’s in Solon had induced a coma to help stabilize his condition; they could only wait and hope the swelling would go down. Most terrifying of all for Alexa and her family was the thought that he would have to be on a ventilator until he was able to breathe again on his own.

The doctor discussed how people who had been comatose had reported hearing their loved ones speaking to them, and he shared how stories were particularly good devices for maintaining a lifeline with a comatose patient. As they were considering how best to do that, Dad was thinking about his predicament and wondering why he couldn’t move. It seemed strange that he knew where he and they were, but he couldn’t open his eyes or tell them that he was okay. Then Akemi got an idea for a series of stories based on the movie stub collection she found in his drawer.

Steve Zimcosky’s dramatic novella, Love, Movies and a Dragon? is a moving story that shares what it’s like for families who have loved ones in a comatose condition. I especially liked revisiting the movies and restaurants out that Akemi shares with her husband. The interactions Dad has with Fuku Riu, the dragon of good luck, while he’s in a coma are the stuff of grand epic fantasy and add another compelling dimension to this tale. Zimcosky’s characters are credible and well-defined, and his plot is suspenseful and moving. This well-written and perceptive novella is most highly recommended.