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Fables and Fantasies: A 5 Story Collection Paperback – January 11, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468190911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468190915
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Stephen King was my college writing teacher, and since then I've published novels, over 30 short stories, story collections, poetry, and a non-fiction career book, How to Improve Your Interviewing Skills.
I've appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film, Throg. I competed on two nationally televised quiz shows, Jeopardy and Think Twice, losing on both in a spectacular fashion. I co-wrote and acted in The Nine, a short political satire film. I've traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and through Europe. I can be reached at daletphillips.com

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The third book of my Zack Taylor mystery series is now out: "A Shadow on the Wall," joining the first two, "A Memory of Grief" and "A Fall From Grace."

Stephen King was my college writing teacher, and I've got a number of short story collections published. I've also published a horror thriller, over 30 short stories, poetry, and a non-fiction career book, How to Improve Your Interviewing Skills.

I've appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film, Throg. I competed on two nationally televised quiz shows, Jeopardy and Think Twice, losing on both in a spectacular fashion. I co-wrote and acted in The Nine, a short political satire film. I've traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and through Europe. Visit me at www.daletphillips.com

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Fables and Fantasies offer 5 stories that seem familiar but aren’t. All who have heard classics such as the story of Rumpelstiltskin, are sure to be engaged and amused by the twists and turns Dale Phillips presents in his renditions. Fred Wolinsky uses nuance and accents in his skillful reading. I strongly recommend the audio for a night around the fireplace sipping some wine, or when commuting to work, as the stories have broad appeal with subtle jokes, surprising imagery, and a delightful little bit of randiness.
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By E. Thorne on August 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
This collection by Dale T. Phillips abounds with haughty beauties, high adventure, and heart-warming deeds of kindness. From new takes on old classics, to original yarns spun from the author's own fertile imagination, this book is sure to please any lover of fantasy and fairy tales.
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This is a great collection of stories for just about any fantasy lover.

The first story, Our New Queen, is a reinvention of the classic tale of Snow White, and Phillips gets high marks for originality. I won't spoil it for you.

Blades and Butchery is an amusing tale about Fatbird and the Gay Louser, two unlikely heroes tapped by the king to rescue a princess. This one was fast-paced, and really increased my excitement and reader experience to another level. It's a great little story, and a heck of a lot of fun!

The pace and level of storytelling is maintained in Froggy Went A Courting. Don't let the title fool you; this one delves into the shadows, and I loved it. It's told from the perspective of the mute daughter of a very minor landowner. This landowner wants to marry his oldest daughter off to "Froggy," a royal, in order to secure greater lands and social prominence. But the mute daughter knows that her sister doesn't want to marry "Froggy," she really wants to help, and she's got a few tricks up her sleeves. This might be the strongest story in the collection.

The Little Guy is an excellent re-imagining of an old fairy tale, told from the perspective of the villain. It's got some great little twists in it, and I won't spoil them for you.

The last story is about a young man who finds a witch left out in the cold to die, strapped into a torture device by the king. When he hears her dilemma, he's inclined to rethink his perspectives. This one is a good old-fashioned fable, and true to the genre, it concludes with a dose of morality. It ends the collection on a nice high note.

Overall, I give Phillips 4 out of 5 stars. Phillips reinvents and re-imagines some traditional genre elements, breathing a unique life and new perspectives into each tale. It's a great find for lovers of fantasy.

~Vlad Vaslyn
Author of "Brachman's Underworld" and "Yorick" (pub. date Halloween 2012)
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