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February Thaw [Kindle Edition]

Tanya Huff
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

FEBRUARY THAW is the second e-collection by Tanya Huff and brings together some of the short fiction that helped define the field. From an Imperial Dragon in Toronto's Chinatown, to a heavy metal retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, to the realization that the ancient gods are one highly dysfunctional family, Huff skews our world slightly sideways. These seven stories, each with a brand new introduction by the author, remind us that the weird and the wonderful is all around us if we only bother to look.

Product Details

  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jabberwocky Literary Agency (December 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,963 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, a fantastic read February 9, 2012
By Tracy
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I admit that I bought this short story compilation solely because it was written by Tanya Huff. I would read the back of a cereal box if she wrote the copy, she's that good. I usually hate short stories, they never delve deeply enough into the characters' psyches, and often leave me with an abrupt "Huh? That's the end?" feeling. February Thaw was different.

With a quick tongue in cheek humor, Huff sketches out the scenes and characters so you feel as though you know them, and you identify with them. Her characters are flawed, believeable , and likeable. The supernatural aspects of her stories flow naturally, and allow for an easy suspension of disbelief. Plus, I love that she adds little details such as a gay best friend, a Chinese-Canadian woman protagonist, and a fire elemental with a sassy attitude.

I just finished this book, and I can't remember the last time I laughed out lud at a book. If eel as though I just finished having a long cup of coffee with a great friend who was telling hilarious, wild, and clever stories. You should check this book out, it's really worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Expected, But Not Bad September 4, 2012
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I didn't know what I was going to get when I first started reading this e-book. When I started, I was snickering through lunch at the plight of Demeter and just had to go on. The stories about the girl becoming a wizard and the fire that wanted to become a "human" again were different and right along the line of Tanya Huff's other stories that I've read: Realistic with a dash of other worldly. Or several dashes. The story about the Chinese dragon was a bit more different than I expected and I had to think about that one a bit more. I do give her kudos for getting into the mind of a custom that isn't hers though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Consider my rating a 4.5 September 9, 2014
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February Thaw is another relatively short, inexpensive ebook anthology of Tanya Huff short stories. And much like He Said, Sidhe Said and (especially) Swan’s Braid, it is worth every penny and then some.

February Thaw: Persephone has had a fight with her husband, Hades, and gone home to her mother, Demeter. Spring has come unfortunately early, and Demeter isn’t happy to have her relaxing winter cut short. She’s going to have to have words with that son-in-law of hers if she wants things to go back to their almost-happy normal. The Greek gods have always been good for extremely human melodrama, and the nature of the marital spat is fantastic.

Burning Bright: A young woman finds out she isn’t what she thinks she is… and she wants to go back to being just a young woman. It’ll take all of the wizards in the world–minus the one who died, of course–to figure out how to replicate the feat that made her human in the first place. I love the two young women who star in this one. Their friendship crosses wonderful boundaries in quirky ways.

When the Student is Ready: This tale is sort of a follow-on to the previous one, although taking part in a different part of the world with almost entirely different characters. A young woman is becoming the next wizard, and that puts her in great danger until she gets her powers under control. Coming to her rescue is the unlikely figure of a rambling, addled homeless man who’s willing to take her on as his apprentice–if he can keep his thoughts together long enough.

Jack is a modern-day adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk in which Jack trades a leather jacket for three magic guitar picks, and then tries to save a pretty young singer from a fate worse than death.
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Ms Tanya I have to give you thanks in great measure. I just read February Thaw and confess to laughing my butt off in loud chortles. It was a blast of a read, still not sure which short story is my favorite but the Olympic Elves Playing Round Ball has to be up there! Thanks you have a wicked sense of humor kiddo! Each of the short stories is a gem in it's own right, together they will make you laugh and cringe in equal measure, but the will do one thing well and s NOT disappoint. Tanya is at her most irreverent best in this compilation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tanya Huff meets all expectations June 25, 2014
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Tanya Huff is one of the best fantasists around (when she isn't writing science fiction), and these short stories live up to her best. Arguably, the only of Huff's work you should read is that you haven't yet read (unless you're busy re-reading her books!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars delightful October 29, 2013
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I enjoyed the author commentary as much as the story. If you're a fan of Huff, or new to her works, pick this up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun collection of her early short stories September 14, 2013
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This is a collection of short stories that seem to have been written early in Huff's career. Each one is an enjoyable read, and they are fairly light, almost humorous. And they all end too soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner July 25, 2013
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I've yet to read anything that Tanya Huff wrote that I haven't loved. It's rare to find an author who writes good fantasy and good science fiction. She excels at both. Most authors say that short stories are hardest to write and it's hard to get a balance between to much detail and to little. These stories are very well written. There are no loose ends, no sense that the story is only being partly told.
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