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Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Kindle Edition
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My only complaint: I find the editing a bit... annoying. When I am reading and I hit a grammatical mistake it breaks me out of the story, even if ever-so-briefly. In some areas it's obviously a revision error. A sentence was rephrased and in the process a word was left in that should have been deleted, perhaps a preposition or an extra "the" or something similar. I'm merrily reading along and hit such an error and stop to re-read the section. Did I skip sentences? Did I misunderstand? Oh, it was just another bad edit. Please, please, please - better editing before release! [Full disclosure: I own both the previous books on Kindle and the first book in paperback as well. As I recall, those books suffered some of the same editing flaws.]
I think possibly one person may have sketched out the plots and various authors wrote a segment. Very entertaining! I don't tend to read collections, but these are quite entertaining....I won't do a spoiler alert, but if you like steampunk, this collection of short stories may be the ticket for you.
Now! Once you're inside "Ministry Protocol" here's some lovely things you'll be seeing:
"The New Recruit" by Leanna Renee Hieber is a poignant tale the puts the MPO universe clearly on the side of the supernatural for the first time ever - and I don't want to spoil it so that's all I'll say about it.
"A Feast of Famine" by Karina Cooper features amazing characters Miss Snow and Caitriona Kensington Kennedy, two operatives I'd love to see have their own novel all by themselves. Is it just me or is there a little lesbian subtext? I love it.
"Chinoiserie" by Tiffany Trent is a chilling tale, also firmly on the side of the supernatural, but very much in the same realm as travelled by Kipling. Lots of rich storytelling here.
"New London Calling" by Peter Woodworth is the first American adventure I've read in the MPO universe, and there are some lovely bits of humor in amongst the action / adventure in this one.
"Where the River Shines" by Dan Rabarts takes place in New Zealand and has a lovely supernatural aspect with a very intriguing bit of business with a transforming tractor that could not have taken place in a non-Steampunk story. I really enjoyed the rollicking adventure in this one and the supernatural bits were also well written and mythic.
"The Incident of the Clockwork Mikoshi" by Lauren Harris introduces us to a gruff Englishman in Japan and a female Japanese agent. I liked the characters and dialogue in this story and enjoyed the mythic details.
"The Trouble with Phoenixes" by Jared Axelrod was wonderful fun and a lovely opportunity for a few moments with Agent Braun as well as to get a look at the mysterious clankerton character of Hephaestus Axelrod
"The Mystery of the Thrice Dead Man" by J.R. Blackwell shows new skills from Agent Books, and gives us more information about the compelling character of Josephina Raven Blackwell: she's not just a brilliant clankerton.
"The Clockwork Samurai" by Jack Mangan has an operatic Kurosawa style that rivets the reader to the page.
I am a "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" kind of reviewer and some astute readers may notice I did not review all the stories here. Doesn't mean they aren't good - just didn't strike my fancy.
All in all this is a wonderful anthology and most worthy of your fine coin!