Book Review: “Pads For His Throne” by Olli Crusoe

PFHTI heard about this short story thanks to Lydia Schoch’s review. I encourage you to read her take as well, because she’s much better at writing these things without spoilers than I am. But I’m going to try anyway, because I enjoyed this tale quite a lot.

As Lydia notes, there are few stories that mention menstruation. Which is odd if you think about it, because it’s a normal part of life for 50% of the population. But apparently it’s a topic people prefer not to talk about—and demons too, as Terazael, the bloodthirsty-but-rather-helpless monster summoned in this story demonstrates. (You know, I never realized until just now that “demonstrate” has the word “demon” in it.)

Anyway, I can’t tell you much about this story without spoiling it, other than to say that it’s a delightful comedy about a woman who summons a demon while she’s on her period, and the comical antics and misunderstandings that follow. Now, if that’s not an original and intriguing enough concept to catch your attention, I don’t know what is.

Pads For His Throne is very short, but don’t let that stop you from picking it up. It’s not the size of the book that matters; it’s the size of the laughs you get from the story, and there are some big ones in here. 

5 Comments

  1. Thanks for the shout out!

    It’s so cool that you decided to read and review this story, too. You did a nice job with your review.

  2. When a friend read Weed Therapy, my novel that was unpublished by the author for reasons that will go unstated, she commented that she was surprised I didn’t describe the MC’s bathroom habits. There is a lot of detail about daily activities in the story and she was joking, of course, but … think about it. How many stories talk about a character going to the bathroom. I think it’s just the case that there are some things — potty trips and menstruation — that just kind of go unsaid.

    1. It’s true–and in most cases, it’s probably for the best. I know for me, it would be a drag to have to factor things like that into what characters are doing. I rarely even bother with details like meals, what characters are wearing, etc. either.

      But… when a really good writer does it, it can be used to great effect. But I suppose that’s true of anything, isn’t it?

      1. Very true … I tend to stay away from those things as well, but in Weed Therapy I devoted words to the intimate details of some meals because it revealed things about the characters and also it was the meals where conversations took place that were a key part of the story.

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