Lark-Ellen by Stan Smith



The author sent me a copy of this book (ePub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Teo Bojorquez tells the tale of what happened on the plateau of Xitapec, a story of love, loss, and unimaginable horror.

“The jungle in the morning is a wonderful place: the stirrings of small creatures, the echo of birdsong, the sun filtering through a vaulted green ceiling—I had never loved it as much as I did then.

I doubt if I will ever love it again.”


My Opinion

This book introduces Teofilo Bojorquez. He tells a man about the events related to his brother on the plateau of Xitapec.

There are some interesting turns – quite unexpected. There are also situations you half expected – hoping they would not occur. I cannot tell you more as every further remark might ruin the thrill of reading it. It is a remarkable story, a story worth to be read again.


About the author

Stan Smith has been a DJ, an ice truck driver, door-to-door encyclopaedia salesman, assistant manager of one of L.A.’s largest theaters, manager of a coffee store, a title insurance officer, a copywriter for the Washington Post, and a 30-year marketing communicator for a major defense contractor. He retired to Oregon in 2012, and lives with his wife, four dogs, two goats, and two sheep. He is at work on his next novel.


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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Lark-Ellen?  Or – if you did not yet read Lark-Ellen – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Lark-Ellen was filmed – who should direct it/them, who could you imagine as actors? Which would be your favourite story to watch?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



8 thoughts on “Lark-Ellen by Stan Smith

  1. I find it so difficult, in my enthusiasm for a book I’ve just finished reading, to write a review without inadvertently giving away plot spoilers! SD

    • It is very difficult, indeed. Especially in case of a short story, a review has to be extremely brief. I feel that I am often walking a thin line between a possibly too short review and giving away spoilers. I tend to keep the reviews shorter.

  2. Sounds… chilling, to be honest. But then, I kind of have a soft spot for horror, so I’ll have to look for it and see if I like it! 😉

    • It is chilling, indeed. This story triggers your imagination, so you may really like it, whereas someone else will think differently. Stan Smith has the ability to surprise his readers, great! 🙂

  3. Sounds interesting! I’m no horror connoisseur so I wouldn’t be best placed to say who should direct it, but it sounds like it would be pretty decent film!

    • It often seems difficult to imagine a short story as a film. In this case I am convinced that it can be a pretty decent one. The story triggers your imagination. If the director plays with your imagination instead of inventing splatter, you’d be thrilled, Tom.

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