Today, I am going to review Dora’s Box, by Walker Long.
Much as both my blog post title and the title of Walker’s book insinuates, this book is based on the Classical myth of Pandora’s Box, as well as an erotica.
This novella is certainly interesting. Not quite my cup of tea, but not ill-written. I am more of a “character” reader, and this novella is a “plot” book. But if you are a “plot” reader, I definitely recommend.
The plot is intriguing, and full of sex. If you are not okay with graphic sex scenes, stay away. If you are fine with them, or crave them, then this novel might be for you. Essentially, protagonist Dora is a lonely, hard-working university student who loses her work-study job through the university. As her thoughts turn to necessities such as paying the rent, paying her tuition, etc., Dora naturally makes a pecuniary wish around an heirloom box that she inherited from her grandmother… and it comes true. She soon comes to realize that the crazy stories her grandmother used to tell about the box are true… and more wishes ensue.
But with the power to make great wishes comes great responsibility (and the recommendation to word your wishes very carefully)… Dora’s wishes tend to have unintended consequences.
Overall, I was interested in the plot. I thought the author took this story to very interesting places, and while I had an idea of where the story was ultimately going, I was not sure what course the author would take to get there. However, as I mentioned earlier, I am a character reader. The characters were not really engaging, for me. They interacted okay, and the reasons behind the things that they did were actually well done. It was the characters themselves. Dora is so annoying. Her roommate is only slightly less annoying. The guy she has a crush on is a total dick, and he’s probably my favorite character.
Again, if you’re a plot reader, this book is entertaining and I recommend. If you’re a character reader, I suggest giving it a pass. There is the added bonus that, if you’re a Kindle Unlimited member, you can read it free of charge.
Have you read Dora’s Box? Or would you like to? Please share your thoughts in the comments below?