- Paperback: 84 pages
- Publisher: Short Fuse Publishing (January 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781937791964
- ISBN-13: 978-1937791964
- ASIN: 1937791963
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,856,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hero is a Four Letter Word Paperback – January 22, 2015
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...Which I loved. The establishing scenes are brilliantly effective as the story unravels; the central character quickly becomes a tangible person; and every progression and twist feels earned. The main supporting character transitions from one impression to another convincingly, and surprisingly hot flairs of eroticism add unexpected depth to the emotional range on offer. All heat aside, the issues this story explores are handled with a deftness that bespeaks Frey's years of experience bending genre literature toward deeper discussions. The handlings of certain dialogues demonstrate a new level of maturation in Frey's technique, as she strikes a balance of character and message wherein each reinforces the other.
The ending's delightful, clever and bizarre, and I'm still enjoying the task of wrapping my head around it. Fans of classic fairy and folk tales will find much to love, as Frey blends classic literary traditions with modern perspectives in a way that avoids one-shot tricks played for cheap laughs. If you've found yourself inundated the past few years with shticky, gimmicky spec-fic shorts hamhandedly twisting fairytale motifs ("Snow White was a VAMPIRE!" or "Hansel and Gretel sell candy homes TO WITCHES!"), rest assured that this is the precise opposite. Thank god. What Frey delivers instead is a deeply genuine, charming piece of writing that's funny and sexy, but that's rooted in real issues and isn't afraid to explore the darkness entangling its characters.
At once dark and pretty, "Just A Four Letter Word" is sweet, challenging, funny, and poignant. This is Frey's best work yet.
This was a good short read. And although I think the 'theme' of the collection was maybe stretching it a little bit, I did enjoy all three of the stories so I don't mind so much that to me personally they didn't necessarily fit together. It was nice that they were all in different genres and had different tones though, I hate anthologies where you're basically reading the same thing over and over again so maybe it's really a good thing that they're so out there.
The Once And Now-ish King was a really funny short story about King Arthur being reborn as a baby but with all his memories from his life before. It was funny to see his family try to deal with bringing a talking baby home from the hospital and there were some other interesting twists on thing/people from Arthurian legends.
Just A Four Letter Word was probably my favorite out of the three was a really interesting Tam Lin retelling. I'm a sucker for anything involving faeries so it was right up my alley.
The Maddening Science took me awhile to get into and almost made me lower my rating to 3 stars. All I can say is to read it through til the very end because it doesn't turn out how you think it will. I was all ready to be upset thinking that the author included a ~poor misunderstood villain redemption story~ in this collection because that's like my least favorite trope ever [especially if it's a woman redeeming a man, which it a l w a y s is, ugh] but I actually ended up liking it by the end.
Within the book are three unique and magic-touched stories, all very well written and well told. I particularly liked the set piece in the group, Another Four Letter Word. It was magical and compelling. After all it's not every day a living breathing person outsmarts the ancient Fae! And The Once and Now-ish King made me smile. A lot.
Well done! Thank you for some enjoyable reading.
It is difficult to say which of the three I liked best, when all of them have their own singular slant on a legend, a myth and a modern-day super character.
J. M. Frey has made it to my list of 'must read' authors by virtue of her choice of storyline, marvelous use of language, and overall readability. It starts with the first chapter, and then the first page, so that by the time the first chapter glides into the second, I know this is a book that I must finish while savoring every nuance along the way.
The first, The Once and Future King was a cute read, featuring a reborn Arthur Pendragon as a baby.
The second story, Another Four Letter Word was my favourite. It's a retelling of Tam Lin and has echoes of all the things I've ever loved from the Turn Series.
The final story, Maddening Science, felt rather meh in comparison, playing on superhero/supervillain tropes. It's good on its own, I suppose, but after reading the first two, it didn't capture me much.
Note: I received a digital ARC of this book via Story Cartel