2014 – January 9 – Carpet Muncher

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Q: A cold, blustery Thursday evening, who you gonna call?  A: Carpet Muncher by Gill Hoffs.

 

I have a double-bed at home, and I have a side I like to sleep on, but what the latter is depends on who is paying for my company that night. I wake up on the left today in a rented bed, next to Robin..

A darned efficient introduction to our protagonist, the Carpet Muncher, whose OCD and MO make her quite the memorable hooker with a heart of… well, we really don’t know that yet, but I’m betting it’s at least silver. I’m not certain whether Cock Robin (“I could smell the top-notes of his aftershave and knew it cost more than Cristel”) is going to be a main character, recurring character, or one-off John, but he’s got some interesting kink that our protagonist is only too happy to indulge.

What I especially like about this story is its momentum. Character is fully integrated with stage action and story movement into a seamless experience akin to putting a quarter into a peep show slot. It’s tastefully explicit, and smart about its business, as it delivers us from that fabulous introduction to an equally fabulous (and seasonal!) exit.

And you know what? I find that after I’ve read this tremendous tale, Thursday evening isn’t nearly as blustery as I thought. It’s actually rather hot.

Is it just me?

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About Stephen

I live in beautiful New Castle, Pennsylvania with fellow writer, Susan Urbanek Linville, and a herd of reformed feral cats.

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6 Responses to 2014 – January 9 – Carpet Muncher

  1. Guilie says:

    Steamy action, brilliant characterizations. The bit with the waiter had me panicking. I mean, say *what*? You’re not going to–? And then I got it. I loved this, and the play on “carpet muncher” is excellent.

  2. susan tepper says:

    yeah, Guilie, I totally loved this, and as wild as it is, I could see it happening in real life!!!

  3. Mandy says:

    What an absolute hoot! I will never look at a nodding dog in the same way again.

  4. Michael says:

    Whoa. Exactly what Mandy said. Every time I see a bobble head from now on, I will think of this story.

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