- File Size: 7791 KB
- Print Length: 264 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Anthology Club (June 21, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 21, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L70OP5I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,916,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Cutthroats & Curses: An Anthology of Pirates Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a collection that slightly older children, and adults who enjoy a healthy does of adventurous escapism will enjoy immensely. Although the central theme is of course piracy, there is more than enough variety of setting and story lines from the different authors to hold the reader’s attention throughout. Many of the stories retained the more traditional elements of the pirate theme as personified by Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe, whilst others took unexpected directions toward sci-fi and fantasy. Strange esoteric names, places, and language are in abundance among these stories, although there were occasional moments when I found the strange and alternate spellings a little distracting at times; the dialogue and descriptive passages are robustly authentic but the stories still retain a wholesome entertainment value reminiscent of the likes of Robert Louise Stevenson.
It’s always a little difficult commenting on short story anthologies, and even more so when the individual stories are by different authors, but fortunately in this case, the standards of writing and entertainment value were uniformly high. Three stories that particularly stood out for me were: Crow and the Unicorn, by Michael Wombat, Paroxysm, by Lisa Shambrook, and Roaring Dan Seavey.. by Beth Avery.
A good and varied collection of escapist buccaneering villainy and adventure. Very enjoyable...
It is extremely difficult as a writer of short stories to read such work without finding myself registering issues as they appear. Try as I did to enjoy each story, it struck me that the majority are too long. Yes, a strange thing to say I’m sure, and it may be a personal failing, but to my way of thinking, we have flash fiction, short stories, novellas and novels. By the nature of their word count and character numbers, these stories do not come under any of those headings, at least in my humble opinion.
To give the editor and the authors due respect, the anthology is not referred to as a collection of short stories, but as ‘an anthology of pirates’, so it is only in the opinion of somebody like me who might expect anything of particular length.
The writing for the most part is of a high standard, so it was easy to overlook the extra quotation marks when they appeared, which sadly was on several occasions. The writer’s voice in some of the tales was outstanding and made me wonder if those particular writers might consider producing an anthology of their own. Two tales that stood out for me were ‘Paroxysm’ by Lisa Shambrook, and ‘Adventures in Foreign Climes’ by Matt Jameson.
If you like more than four or five characters in a tale and you prefer your short stories to be just a little bit longer, then this is the collection for you. There is an abundance of variety, in characters, settings and plots so the tales will take you to faraway places.
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