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HEROIKA 1: Dragon Eaters (Volume 1) Paperback – May 15, 2015
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About the Author
Chris Morris is a music journalist and disc jockey. He was music editor of the Hollywood Reporter (2004–2007) and senior writer for Billboard (1986–2004). His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, Musician, Mojo, LA Weekly, the Chicago Reader, Variety, and other publications.
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In this exciting new collection of short-stories, the master of heroic fiction, Janet Morris, and her team of 17 writers, explore these questions and more! This is more than just an anthology... it is a journey deep within the mind of the warrior, examining the heart and soul of what it means to be a hero.
Seventeen stories of extreme heroism spanning many times and locations, but sharing a common catalyst... for there be Dragons here! Some will be victorious, others will die trying, but in the end it is the dragon who has reason to be afraid.
A fantastic read, and hopefully the beginning of a brilliant new series from the legendary Janet Morris.
And that principle rings through loud and clear in Heroika – Dragon Eaters, a strikingly entertaining collection of short stories from seventeen writers possessing vivid imaginations.
But how to summarize their offering without giving the game away?
Let’s just say, there’s something here for everyone. From fiction that delves into heartbreak and tragedy, where the ultimate sacrifice is willingly paid, be it out of the strongest sense of duty – or simply for love, to legends of discovery, containing the wonder of transformation and growth. There are sagas that chill the soul as they warm the heart regarding normal everyday people who reach beyond what they thought was possible to achieve their goals, and tales from the past, present, and dystopian future that teach us the consequences of meddling in affairs that simply don’t concern us. We even have heroes of old contending against the same foes as a little girl from the bayou, who possesses an outstanding sense of right and wrong.
And don’t forget the dragons.
Flying dragons, crawling dragons, swimming dragons, soaring dragons. Wyrms from the dawn of time, and serpents that have remained hidden down through the ages, unleashing mishap and mayhem on all who stand in their way.
Without a doubt, this is an absorbing and thoroughly entertaining collection that I’ll gladly read again and again. In fact, there are so many weird and wonderful adaptations exposing the dangers of this ancient menace, that it’s a wonder Beowulf himself hasn’t been roused to action.
Well done to all concerned.
A most praiseworthy effort.
Each of the authors is an artist, skilled in their craft. My favorite story is 'Against the Sky Tombs of the Earth Kings,' by M. Harold Page. It reminds me of a scenario from a cyber-punk RPG. I swear I could almost hear dice rolling in the background!
This talented group led me by the hand as they stalked the ever elusive dragons. Honestly, I could make this a long review and talk about each and every story, but I don't have that much space. Every story in this book dropped me into the story, immersed me in feelings, sounds, smells... basically did everything that I love to experience with a good book! You would have to look long and hard to find a group this talented anywhere.
There is ancient history, alternative military history, action packed steampunk, folklore, dystopian, fantasy... just an utterly amazing variety to please any and all readers! Kudos to all the amazing contributing authors! (now off to do some author stalking!)
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I first became familiar with Janet Morris through her stories in the Thieves’ World Series.Read more