Clean Hands by Richard B. Knight

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Clean Hands by Richard B. Knight

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

Because even though both Imagination and Logic saw him as a little dumb…Instinct knew this one was different. He felt it. And nothing could beat a feeling. Not even all the logic in the world.

Instinct faces the dangerous prospect of entering the mind of a human dreamer to directly influence the dreamer’s critical decision. But a battle on the shaky ground of the dream world may be more than Instinct can survive in Clean Hands by author Richard B. Knight.

Wow to this.

I just needed a quick read when I picked up this allegorical kind of sci-fi short that stands alone but that also serves as the prequel to a novel. I started off mildly enjoying it as I would any smart and imaginative read where the real import of it all hasn’t yet been revealed.

I was gradually drawn in by Instinct’s discussions with Imagination and Logic, then came some crucial action I might expect in a sci-fi adventure. But I didn’t expect that I’d be “wowing” aloud the instant I realized where the story was going. Then it did indeed go there, and I “wowed” again.

The story doesn’t linger too long at its destination. And yes, to fully appreciate it, you do already have to be familiar with that ending place, but…

Yeah. There should be more Instinct in my future.


Clean Hands is the prequel to The Darkness of the Womb.


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