I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
This was great and creepy and atmospheric and dark. I wasn't sure how much was real and how much Fist was imagining, and I was happy to go along of the ride.
The ending, however, felt anticlimactic to me. Or, I don't know, unfinished? I'm not sure how to explain it, I just felt it as lacking something to me.
The free short story worked beginning to end for me, though, so I don't know. I do know a lot of people love this one like crazy so not only am I the exception who didn't, but I suggest you take my review with a grain of salt and look at the other reviews, or sample, before deciding.
It was well written and would have been a four to four-and-a-half star read if not for the ending.