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The Ancient Paperback – February 11, 2016
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Each in its own way is also a thought provoking tale of danger-spiced adventure with dire consequences for those who make a wrong decision. And some of those decisions require desperate soul-searching before finally making them (Lily and the Lamp, for one) but who among us might not make the same decisions under the same circumstances?
Horror is not my cup of tea, so to speak, as far as favorite reading genres go, but The Golden Pen was surprisingly compelling given that I had no idea of the type of story that was coming.
All of the tales in this anthology have their recommendations going for them—and I now add mine to the list. You should too.
Inclusive of all the authors, this is a work of the dark...the thrilling....the unexpected.
Definitely looking forward to their next collaboration.
But the authors take that theme and go in different directions. The stories run the gamut from pure fantasy to horror, to time travel, to mainstream realism. There is tragedy, which most “genie” stories lead to, but there is also some warm hearted happy endings.
If I had to pick my favorites I would have to go with “Lily and the Lamp,” and “Reaction,” which has a unique twist on the genie fable, but I enjoyed each story, which is unusual for me. Normally an anthology has winners and losers as the stories cover a wide gamut and I always find one or two disappointments, but this collection is all winners.
Stories ranged from more cheerful than I expected, to darker places than I anticipated, with a very odd twist on the "three wishes" thrown in for good measure. One of the stories reminded me of the paradox struggles in The Bottle Imp (a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson), which I read as a teen.
Overall a great anthology, and good reading.
The answer is a resounding "No!"
The seven stories in The Ancient are each distinct and unique. Some of them might remind you of other stories, but don't think that any of them are cheap knockoffs. They each bring something new and different to the idea of the magic lamp.
All seven stories were enjoyable and well done -- but of course we always have favorites. My favorites, by far, were numbers 5 and 7... The Multiplier by Lambert, and Lily and the Lamp by Valenti.
I'm delighted to hear that these seven authors are already working on their next works, and I look forward to seeing what they come up with.
This was an ARC.
(edited, Feb. 29, 2016) Please note that this book is now in its second edition (love the improvements.. minor font issues resolved, and better editing!)... so while the same seven stories are included, they do appear in a different order. So please ignore my reference to 'numbers 5 and 7', and look at the title/author.. or better yet, read all seven stories!