Title: Weston Walks
Author: Kit Reed
In: Naked City (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Urban fantasy
Dates read: 18th October 2019
Format: Short story
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
5th sentence, 74th page: She’ll have to pack up her stuff and move into his handsome house and settle down in his daytime life, because he is probably in love with her.
Weston is rich and alone. But, that’s just the way he likes it. Until he goes underground and meets Wings. Now his life is filled with a lover. When he realises that she has begun to steal from him… he must make a choice, a woman who fills his life, or the objects that have always been there.
I loved the reflective style of this writing. It kind of foreshadowed the fact that something untoward was going to happen. But it didn’t give anything away. Just left you with an intensely curious and vaguely uncomfortable feeling as the story unfolded.
The description of Weston was brilliant – within the first few paragraphs you feel as if you intimately know the character. You feel tied to him in a way that doesn’t often happen (at least for me) and want him to gain happiness. All the while knowing that that’s not going to occur, again, something about the style of writing just hints at it.
I’m still not sure what kind of mythical creature Wings was based on. I’m thinking some kind of fae creature. But it was kind of nice to spend the entire story trying to guess… and still not be 100% sure at the end of the tale. it makes Weston’s experiences a little more vague and a lot more intriguing. It’s also going to leave me up late at night thinking…