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- Publisher: Bards and Sages Publishing (August 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 9, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MKK57FQ
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Specific: The editing is excellent. The quality of prose varies with each story as the authors are of differing skill levels (though most are closer to semi-pro than pro). Why I gave it 5 Stars is not because of story quality, it's because of the price. As of now, the price to purchase this anthology is RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP. There are literally vending machine snacks that cost more. As a result, buying it is a no-brainer. If there is only one story you enjoy in the batch, it'll still be worth the price of admission.
** A Couple Notes On A Couple Stories (no spoilers) **
Readers can safely ignore this section as it's really just me venting to get a couple things out of my system.
"Malcolm's Box." This story drives me batsh** insane because it's so close to awesome, but falls flat (for this specific reader anyways). I can summarize its successes and its failures in one word: tone. It starts as a light-hearted tale (and maintains a fun whimsical tone throughout) yet dips into deep territory with universal themes of love and overcoming a seemingly inevitable fate. <--Just so we're clear, people in Hollywood get paid millions to accomplish that. OK, the author's pulling off some pro-level stuff here. I'm on board to the end. Oh man, here's the build-up...the arc is approaching its zenith...enter Tension...and...and... WUT. WUT?! * (continued way below to avoid a possible spoiler)
"Sing the Bones Alive." In many ways, this story is the antithesis of the above. Malcolm's Box was low on description and light on prose, but high on emotion and heavy on plot. Sing is high on description and heavy on prose, but low on emotion and plot. The actual writing is fantastic, perhaps the best in this volume, it's just that the story is ultimately a child's fairy tale. Which is fine, but I'm (and probably most readers) not a child. The plot is clear and straightforward, the characters goals and motivations are transparent, there's even the classic happy ending and "moral of the story." A quintessential bedtime story. But as an adult, it was lackluster.
* * * Possible Spoilers For Some Readers * * *
*If one is going to write a fun, light-hearted story--especially a fantasy!--that also strums the heartstrings then one really _needs to end it in a certain way in order to create a satisfactory ending_ for the reader. Emotional catharsis, if you will. Which is not the way it ended. The best example I can come up with is the movie "Practical Magic." Fun! Light-hearted! Fantasy elements in the modern day! Whimsical throughout! Insert heavy overtones and universal themes of love and overcoming a seemingly inevitable fate while simultaneously retaining a light-hearted tone. Now, imagine that the movie ends with Sandra Bullock dying. Now cut to the Detective and the sister at her funeral. They glance at her corpse, then at each other, and chuckle. "Well, she beat the curse, kinda!" says the sister with a laugh. "Ain't that a humdinger!" jokes the Detective. Up go the credits.
^ That's the ending of Malcolm's Box.
p.s.--if you're the author reading this, then consider it a good thing that some random online is willing to write all this.