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Review: After the Blast

I picked up After the Blast, a novelette by TL Knighton, for a couple of reasons. I almost didn’t for one big reason. There are stories and themes we all get tired of after reading them over and over and over again… don’t get me started on vampires. Post-apocalypse fiction is one that has been done to death.

And along came this charming little tale to prove me wrong. Well, okay, I found it charming. Which isn’t to say that it’s sweetness and light, because it’s not. I was a bit concerned that the ‘change’ he referred to in the blurb for the hero would be some sort of gamma radiation mutation.. but no. This is much more a story of growth. Growth of the main character, from office drone to hero. A real hero, someone to inspire hope and courage and to model duty and honor. I loved this, since I see it all too rarely.

I liked it a lot. The beginning was a little rough, for a couple of pages. I can chalk this up to a beginning writer, because he hit his stride after that, and gave me a tale I didn’t have to work for, something I treasure these days. I am really looking forward to what comes next from this author. I’d love to see him take this and expand it. Much like I hear on many of my short works, I’m going to say… there could be more. Because we readers, we’re greedy that way. Feed us a character we can like, and a world we can imagine, and we want to stay in it.



6 thoughts on “Review: After the Blast

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  2. I read this this morning after you posted. I both liked and hated it. It seemed more like a synopsis than an actual story. Also the ease of which the main character is able to shoot and drop the bad guys threw me out of the story. If he would work on this and expand to novel size I would buy it,


    • Yes, I agree it could have been longer, but then again, I say that about a lot of short stories! We’ll just have to make sad puppy eyes at the author until he complies. 😀


    • Joe,

      As the author of the piece, first let me thank you for reading it. Second, I understand exactly what you’re saying on all fronts. Jason has a back story that I didn’t really work into the story that would have made some of this a little more…well, something. That would have included something better regarding the action sequences.

      When this was written, it was developed as a short story that actually got into novelette territory.

      I’m actually working on a novel right now. Not sure whether I want to revisit the same basic story (which I really don’t have a passion for right now unfortunately), or a novel on these same characters afterward.


      • Thanks for the reply Tom. Shouldn’t have said hate but what I meant was that as a reader I was excited when I started reading. This was a world that I would like to visit sort of like SM Stirling’s was until they about the fourth or fifth book. Just a paragraph of back story about gun proficiency would have kept me more in the story. But if you ever expand this story into a full book I will buy it.


        • Joe,

          I think I understood what you were saying, and I can’t say that I really disagree with it. Looking back, I can see ways I could have handled it a bit better.

          Like I said, I’m working on something in this world right now. I hope you would consider a full length novel that’s actually a sequel as well. 🙂


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