Review: Transfection by David Gaughran


David Gaughran; Kindle Edition, Published May 20, 2011 by Arriba Arriba Books
Molecular biologist Dr. Carl Peters is under pressure on two fronts: his research grants are disappearing and his marriage is falling apart. But when medical researchers discover that genetically modified animal feed has tainted the food chain, he finally gets the funding he always dreamed of.
 Dr. Peters discovers the reason behind the cancer link with GM food, but it’s so crazy, he barely believes it himself.
 TRANSFECTION is a 5,500 word, 23-page technothriller, starring a molecular biologist who makes a discovery that shocks the world, only to find his life under threat. His story takes in militant vegans, corruption, homelessness, university politics, radiation, the celebrity-obsessed media, and a shadowy conspiracy.
 TRANSFECTION is a brand-new story, exclusively available as an e-book.
 – Goodreads on Transfection

And here I am, again talking about David Gaughran‘s artful wording again. It feels like only yesterday I was talking about his amazing work, If you go into the woods. Wait, it actually was yesterday  Well as you can clearly see, when I say I love someone’s work, I mean it; I was yearning for an encore. And here it is.

Transfection is a different ballgame altogether. The topic, for one thing, falls in a completely different area. We’re talking of a thrilling sci-fi work here, as opposed to rich fantasy, again delivered in the short and sweet form that Gaughran seems to so skillfully master.

Obviously, as the great writer I believe him to be, David Gaughran demonstrates the acute ability to shift between styles with such grace and eloquence, that you’ll be left wondering what it is that he can’t do, really. I know what reading this work of his left me with, and that is the clear desire to read more by him.

The characters are well built, the author again demonstrating the keen ability to condense in few words great impressions. His quirky and quite charming character, Dr. Carl Peters feels like an old acquaintance, a dear old friend even, after the first 2 pages of the story. His life is bound to stir some strong emotion within you, I know it did for me. As the read went on, I found myself focused entirely on the writing, and guessing what would be next very little to not at all – that is one of my most annoying habits when reading, watching movies, plays, and so on, my mind’s always rushing with possibilities of what would be coming next; a lot of the time, I guess the plot lines before they’re presented to me, leaving me with a somewhat disappointing flavor for the story itself, though I am aware this is my own fault.
 Well, for this story, there was none of that. And although I did get a somber feeling there would be something big happening next, mostly because of the fresh memory of Gaughran’s strong twists from yesterday’s read, I totally did not expect that ending. I really didn’t see it coming, although evil corporations and big-league business always seem to go hand in hand with dramatic happenings (just in books, movies, and so forth, in reality you don’t really get to know about them surely…of course, I mean they probably don’t exist! *stares around nervously*).

Yet again, the author uses some very strong images in his great work. The notions he plays with do have a haunting quality to them, just like the case was with If you go into the woods, though here I’d say they are less poignant, for me at least. It seems I am unable to stop comparing the two, and it is somewhat unfair of me, since they have different writing styles, subjects and everything.
 And the unfairness goes on still: I’m giving this beautiful read a full-hearted 4 butterflies rating. It’s a piece of beauty, well written, well thought, well put together. However, had I not read If you go into the woods so recently, I might have been persuaded to actually give this lovely work a 5 butterflies rating, for many reasons. But right now, with yesterday’s beauty still lulling in my soul, I wouldn’t be able to.
 The cover though, the cover is absolute full-on 5 butterflies material, just like the cover for If you go into the woods, Kate Gaughran, you’re an amazing artist!

All in all, I recommend this to people who do enjoy a well written sci-fi, and surely to those who enjoy short stories. But what I’d wholeheartedly recommend is, after you read this beautiful piece of writing, you go and read If you go into the woods too; David Gaughran’s writing is so good, you’ll be left craving for more.

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