Title: Being Cosmopolitan Demands A Sacrifice
Author Name & Publisher: Jamie Brindle (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 19, 2015 – 36 pgs
On holiday in a strange and shockingly repressed kingdom, Alex finds herself sacrificed to the local sea monster in honor of the prince ascending the throne. This was not mentioned in the brochure.
The sea monster, however, is less interested in devouring Alex than he is in what everyone will think if they find out he’s hopelessly in love with another monster. Add in a cat too smart for anyone’s good, and Alex is ready to swear off holidays forever.
All she wants to do is escape, but if she’s going to manage that she’s first going to have to deal with lovesick monsters and updating an old-fashioned kingdom with some modern thinking…
I’m going to start with saying this is probably the weirdest story I have ever read, and I’ve read a lot of weird stuff. It’s right up my alley in that sense, and I knew it would be based on the blurb. I was a bit lost in the beginning of this short story; there wasn’t a lot of world building until a good way in and so I was quite a bit lost as to what was going on.
Once I got into the meat of the plot, this story took off. There is a lot of political commentary along with fantastical creatures, commentary we could all probably stand to think about. I was a bit disappointed though with the ending of this story. It wrapped up very quickly, and for someone who is an agent of the government, I expected Alex to be far more than just a catalyst. I’d say more, but I don’t want to spoil it.
One thing did irk me a lot. There is mention of gay and bi-curious, but not just bisexual. This book is labeled as bisexual, so I figured it’d be friendly toward it, but it seems it. It also wasn’t as poly as I was expecting, more just in passing mention than anything else. The bi-curious comment was about the monster world which is supposedly far ahead of most of the world, but if they’re still labeling it as bi-curious, then they’re obviously mistaken.
Over all a great read that definitely kept me interested. All the fantastical elements and the world that was created are very innovative and unlike anything I had read before.
Jamie Brindle has been writing stories for almost as long as he can remember. Occasionally they are even published.
Sometimes, he wonders if this has had any lasting deleterious effect on him, such as perhaps being responsible for the habit he has of writing about himself in the third person. At other time this seems not to matter.
He was raised by ex-hippies in an apple orchard, and had to chase around a hedge maze for pocket money. When he grew older, he was deemed to have passed the “maze” level, and so graduated to selling boomerangs at Covent Garden Market.
He was home educated until the age of fourteen, then went to Bedford College, where he essentially didn’t speak for two years. Near the end of this time he was questioned by a careers advisor, and revealed his desire to be a writer. Once she had stopped laughing, she suggested that a career which was more “financially viable” might be advisable. This resulted in him taking science A-levels, and then going on to study Biochemistry at the University of Sussex in 1998.
On graduating, Jamie realised the main problem with this was that he found biochemistry rather boring. Around this time he found out that a handful of universities offered graduate-entry medicine courses. Unfortunately, he did not have much relevant experience, a problem which he sought to rectify by doing various forms of work experience.
Amongst the work experience he undertook, Jamie was grateful to be offered the chance to spend some time in a school for deaf children. He went for two weeks and ended up staying for three and a half years. This was a good thing, as it gave him a chance to get over his home-educated prejudices about the school system, as he really liked the school and began, more generally, to feel that perhaps school wasn’t such a bad thing, after all.
This period came to an end, however, when he was offered a place at the University of Warwick to study Medicine in 2006. He enjoyed medicine greatly, and met lots of nice people on the course. He now works as a GP trainee, and finds that writing is a wonderful way to ground himself after long shifts working in the bizarre fantasy world of the NHS. He is currently writing a thinly-veiled autobiographical book about his experiences as a junior doctor. He is still wondering about whether or not to put dragons in.
During this time he has written a fair few short stories which have appeared online and in various anthologies. His first novel, “The Fall of the Angel Nathalie” was published in 2013 by Necro Press, and can be found here or at amazon here.