- File Size: 251 KB
- Print Length: 72 pages
- Publisher: Variations on a Theme (March 23, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 23, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007O4K2A8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,546,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Season of Marvels: Viking Tales Kindle Edition
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The first collection, or the first one I read in any case, is rather uniform in tone and theme, although not completely so. This might be a flaw in a longer collection but there aren't enough stories in the collection to make it so.
The lead story in this collection breaks that pattern all to pieces. After all, what could be funnier than Vikings attacking the University of Southern California. Why, Vikings with ZOMBIES attacking the University of Spoiled Children. And it is told in that matter-of-fact manner of some of the best SF and fantasy comedy. "Fortunately, not many major contributors were killed." One of the sadder moments of the story, true, but so well-told.
The rest of the stories are good, but not _as_ good, and they tend toward the serious.
The first story was mildly amusing, but I thought the writing wasn't really up to the potential of the idea. The other stories just didn't really resonate with me, to the point that I'm having a hard time offering up specific criticism now that it's been a day since I read them. The ending to the last story just depressed the heck out of me; on the one hand, that does indicate that the story affected me, but on the other...well, I don't like stories that leave me angry and depressed. It was just a bad note to end the book on, for me.
On the plus side, I don't have anything highlighted on the book, which means that I didn't run across frequent errors or especially egregious ones.
I think the author has potential; this collection didn't do it for me, but I wouldn't put them on my "never-read-again" list.