Fried Windows (In a Light White Sauce) is about as close to unexpected as you can get. This story is tremendously well written and fiendishly clever in its subtle transition from childhood fascination with imagination to things muck darker and complex later on. The main character, Brent, walks in two worlds and his actions and adventures in the present and the past, threaten his existence in both worlds. Knowledge is power and, to start with, Brent is powerless. He gains knowledge quickly, finding that he doesn’t know enough and there is a whole new side to himself that he needs to remember. Though, it just might be that Brent himself is a memory that was lost, or being recaptured. The ending points straight at a sequel, which I will eagerly await.
Personally, there are two things I take away from this read. One is the author’s transition throughout the story from the character’s wonderment at a land of imagination existing. From this standpoint, the darkness of the plot that comes later is simply stunning because the pacing is consistent and even though the reader will sense the shift, it’s so carefully done that the transition is still a surprise.
Secondly, Brent is a devoted Dad. When the beasties dare attack his daughter, the gloves come off. Awesome job from Elgon Williams, a new favorite in my must read author section.