- File Size: 173 KB
- Print Length: 17 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Jonathan L. Howard (January 28, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 28, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I45AH7O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Ouroboros Ouzo: A Johannes Cabal Story (Johannes Cabal series) Kindle Edition
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The good news is I don't feel too bad about the 99 cents for OO. Any few minutes spent with Johannes Cabal is time well spent. Blustery Day was worth far more than the price, and a marvelous read. Demon King was fun, not to be missed. Ouzo is built around a far from original idea, but allows another glimpse into the mind of Johannes Cabal, a cynical dark wonderland that just keeps getting more entertaining with each Cabal story.
In a perfect world a volume of ten or twelve short Cabal stories would make a nice collection, and be priced at $5.99 to $7.99 for Kindle.The money saved on printing alone should allow this type of pricing. But until that perfect day dawns, I'll probably continue to collect Johannes Cabal shorts . . .
The Good: Johannes Cabal is one of those great series that has a secret, and manages to keep it. Even in the books it’s rarely mentioned, so shorts like Ouroboros Ouzo must be infinitely careful not to spoil it. OO treads a particularly fine line.
But it is a deft and excellent story. Cabal is one of my favourite characters, because of the juxtaposition of his arrogance and wit, and his vulnerability. OO strips him of his arrogance and leaves us with the conflicted, uncertain man beneath the necromancy.
OO is too full of those poignant moments that make the Cabal books such worthwhile reading. These are the quiet moments behind the action. There are parts of OO I quote to myself all the time. For its deft handling of its weighty subject matter, the break-remake of Cabal’s character, and the wit and intelligence with which the story is approached, Ouroboros Ouzo is my favourite of the Cabal shorts. Not only that, it’s one of my favourite short stories of all time.
Verdict: If you’re a Cabal fan, wonder no longer about buying this one: Just do it! If you’ve never heard of Cabal, grab a copy of Necromancer and get started.