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Thune's Vision Paperback – June 6, 2016
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He has written some fantastic stories for magazines like Cirsova, and I became a fan. When I saw he had a book of stories for sale I jumped all over it! This book Thune’s Vision is a spectacular collection of stories that will remind you of a time past. When fantasy did not have to be bloated, long series. When the focus was on quality and not quantity. He has done a masterful job of creating modern stories that live up to the greats of the past.
Thune’s Vision is a collection of four short stories (The Challenger’s Garland, Athan and the Priestess, The Movements of the Ige, and The Ecology of the Unicorn) and the novelette The Saga of the Adawolf.
All of these stories are quite good and I immensely enjoyed all of them but I have to admit I did favor the Adawolf story. It is a saga in every since of the word. A modern story that could have been pulled right out of the text of the great Norse sagas in the Poetic Edda.
In conclusion, I am no longer in a reading slump. I have found my reading mojo once again thanks to Mr. Hernstrom and his epic stories. I cannot recommend this book enough. If you are a fan of REH, ERB, Vance, or any of the other great authors of an era gone by this book should be on your radar. I want to make one thing very clear, these stories are NOT pastiche! This is new and original with everything that made the stories of REH and others so great. I can’t wait for more from this promising new author. I will be first in line, money in hand for more stories!
As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book.
5/5 STARS - Mighty Thor JRS
It is hard to pick a favorite out of the five as each of them has their strengths. "The Challenger's Garland" is short and echoes heroic fantasy of the past in its inevitable conclusion. "Athan and the Priestess" is a classic quest in a very ancient Vancian realm. "The Movements of the Ige" introduces us to a truly alien landscape and existence for its inhabitants and what happens when they are interrupted. This is definitely one of my favorite in the collection. "The Ecology of the Unicorn" brings us into the stronghold of a wizard doing everything he can to extend his life and the lengths he goes to protect himself and attain it. Finally "The Saga of Adalwolf", a story of revenge, conquest, exceeding ambition and the consequences of interacting with the gods.
This is an excellent first effort and I look forward to much more from this author in the future.