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Reviewed by Jamie Lee Wandel for Readers' Favorite
Mooreeffoc by Tetiana Aleksina and Tony Single is a short story that begins with a thrilling twist. The setting of the story is described in rich detail. The reader is transported to the kind of cozy café where one would like to go on a date. Just as quickly as you become entranced with the ambient scenery, you are thrust into the point of view of a feline. The story is a vivid hallucination of a cat that is on a mission to please the gods. Cynical and obsessed, the cat takes us on a ride that touches on nerves as well as all of the senses. The cat bounces between what is happening and fulfilling the requirements of the spell. The reader is left to sort out the implications of the incantations as the young potential lovers’ conversation is replayed over and over.
For someone that doesn’t typically enjoy an eerie quality to writing, Mooreeffoc actually hit the spot. It is cheeky enough a short read to relieve the darker details. It also sparked my curiosity, as I got a sense that there were allusions to Egyptian mythology. Though Mooreeffoc contains a fair amount of profanity, it is cohesive with the style and works. I would recommend this story to adults looking for an amusingly provocative and even sinister little taste of what might turn into a series of short stories. I can think of a friend of mine that likes fast-paced imaginative writing and would likely love this. It is absolutely perfect for Halloween and made me want to start a pot of coffee with cinnamon before continuing to read. Tetiana Aleksina and Tony Single have given us a suspenseful short story that truly ends too soon and leaves you wanting another bite.