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Glimpses: A Collection of Nightrunner Short Stories Paperback – September 19, 2010
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Look, I've been reading her stuff since I was in eighth grade, when she first came out with Luck in the Shadows back in the mid 90's, okay? So I love her work. I don't know who wrote Glimpses, but it sounds nothing like her usual quality. It sounds like she took a stupid pill and drank half a bottle of merlot atop a few opiates or antidepressants and sat down to write this cross-eyed. Whoever edited this tripe probably was there with her that evening, and the storyboarding is just...I would expect better from my husband who hates books, has no idea of what plot progression or characterization are.
To say I'm excruciatingly disappointed would be an understatement.
For future reference, Ms. Flewelling should probably try writing fanfiction of her own work and post it, let people rip it to shreds, then learn from the experience, because she clearly needs to go back to school when it comes to writing. At least when it came to this collection. I recently read Casket of Souls and the White Road, and they were as good as the rest of her work. So, this Glimpses appears to be an aberration as she attempted to spread her wings a bit, without realizing she needed practice before trying to sell something she wasn't any good at.
The only drawback, really, is that this is a very quick read indeed (only 100 pages of text); I only wish there were many more stories included. I enjoyed all the tales, but the one which is likely to be of primary interest to fans is the last, which details Alec and Seregil's first nights together as a couple (this picks up the threads of the plot immediately following the end of the text in book 2). Now, in the broadest sense of the term I suppose this book could be considered erotica---three of the four stories contain sexual content. However, this is just about the mildest erotica I have ever encountered; not very explicit at all. So, if you're looking for hard-core action between Alec and Seregil, you may be disappointed. Still, I thought the scenes depicted were very sweet; I really do like this couple. And the content is certainly more explicit than anything that appears in the novels themselves.
It was also interesting to read the two stories showing Seregil as a much younger man, when he was very insecure and not nearly as polished and self-confident as he was when the series of novels began.
The fan-drawn artwork varies quite a bit in quality, but the best pieces are completely professional, and it's fun to see the different ways readers have imagined these characters.
So, a definite recommendation for those who consider themselves serious fans of the Nightrunner books.
Another issue I had with it is the kindle version, at least, costs more than any one Nightrunner book, even though Glimpses is dramatically shorter - especially since considerable space is given to fanart and excerpts from already-published books (Stalking Darkness and Casket of Souls). I like fanart, but it can be viewed for free (in color) on the internet, after all.
Overall, I'd only buy this if you really really want to know absolutely everything has to tell about the characters. Otherwise, I'd skip it. You can support Lynn Flewelling by buying her other books :)