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This is a fantastic and spooky short story. It's got the really creepy feel you'd expect in a "spooky story", but it has another poignant element and works equally on another level.
[SPOILER ALERT] This is the story of a widower trying to protect his infant son from what turn out to be monstrous children on a diabolical playground. The story paints a picture of the father's desperation which leads him to undertake a fantastic sacrifice for his little boy.
When I read this story as a boy many years ago I connected with the bullied-kid-on-the-playground angle. Reading it today, being a middle-aged father, the story now resonates even more strongly with my paternal instincts. I completely understood and empathised with the father's need to protect his son regardless of the costs. The sacrifice the father accepts is a very touching element in an otherwise satisfyingly creepy tale.
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I liked this, but did not love it. I liked the writing and the imagery of the playground as being one of the evil and difficult childhood memories. However, the story line itself was somewhat predictable. This was a short story and if I say anymore I will give away the entire plot, so I'll stop here except to say that I thought that the narration was very good and I'm glad I listened to it on audio.
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