Review of We Card Everyone by Stephan Michael Loy

Short Story Reviews / Friday, November 8th, 2019

A man visits a carnival fortune teller. Then all hell breaks loose.

Short and weird and chaotic and wild. These are the most efficient words to describe We Card Everyone by Stephan Michael Loy. You can read the story in under five minutes, but what a strange and unexpected less-than-five-minutes it will be. I’m not sure how Mr. Loy packed so much chaos into so few words, but it’s nothing if not entertaining and enthralling.

This story feels like it is supposed to have a deeper message, but I’m afraid that message gets lost in everything that is happening in the prose. Is this a statement about all our inevitable fate? About accepting death as a part of life? Something about the butterfly effect? Perhaps this is saying something about being more careful in how we interact with each other. I think the story can be expanded a bit more to develop the plot and clarify the whats and the whys. But maybe that’s the point. The short length contributes to the lack of answers, and maybe that’s the message, that there are no answers. I just don’t know.

What I do know is that, no matter what the message is, I would have liked to see it a little more clearly. I can compare searching for the message in We Card Everyone to looking at a Where’s Waldo? image. There is so much happening that you really have to examine every inch to find what you’re looking for.

And if you’re just looking for a few minutes of sheer bedlam, then look no further than We Card Everyone by Stephan Michael Loy. I love a story that makes you think “what did I just read?”, and this one definitely fits the bill. Check out We Card Everyone, by Stephan Michael Loy, right here.

Official Kristine’s BRF Rating:

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