- File Size: 2059 KB
- Print Length: 38 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Andrew Knighton (September 8, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 8, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00N57TQGY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,615,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
From a Foreign Shore: Stories of History and Alternate History Kindle Edition
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I didn't feel any sense of forced authenticity in the passages, as if maybe some historical (verified or assumed by historians) detail might be "iffy." Or imposed onto the story.
The stories themselves flowed smoothly. Still not my favorite type of work, but enjoyable.
What I was surprised about, and will draw me to explore other areas of the writer's work is, the clean clarity of narrative. There's no sense of stumbling, or an ambiguity of intention.
Here's an excerpt, from one of the shorter pieces (Fairwell to a Foreign Shore) :
"Beneath him the longship strained at its moorings, yearning to be free. It was as old as he was, timbers creaking with tension as the sail filled, a westerly wind luring them out to sea."
Lots of commas, yet everything flows. Fits. I liked it.
Also, it’s one of those “I know something you don’t know!” kind of stories, which can be just delicious if done properly. It really had me invested in the character and wanting Thorvald to figure things out before it was too late. (And DOES he??? Well, gee, I promised no spoilers. Sorry, guys…)
Sometimes it’s tempting to rely too heavily on that one element, but the story also had some really neat subplots and supporting characters. There was a theme of mirrors and ‘other versions of oneself’ that I just died over because it was used so well! And finally the last line… I am such a sucker for stories with last lines that really punch you in the face, and this one totally did.
I won’t go into the other stories, but I thought the collection worked really well together. They touched on a variety of topics / time periods, and I found the variety of lengths strangely refreshing. There are even a couple of flash pieces in there, which were particularly yummy.