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- Print Length: 22 pages
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- Publisher: Christopher J. Valin (December 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 15, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B018P9XS4W
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Tres Puercos: And Other Dark Tales Kindle Edition
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Tres Puercos is a collection of three short stories by Valin. The book description says:
From award-winning writer Christopher J. Valin comes this darkly comedic twist on a classic fairy tale. While the Wolf may have been big and bad, was he really the villain? Or was there a lot more to the story?
Plus two additional short stories: “Tom Petty Sucks”, the tale of a vampire who’s afraid of heights; and “Wake”, the story of a man who battles the nightmares of others.
The collection starts out with Tres Puercos and is told from the point of view of the wolf. This version of the three little pigs, to me, seemed to be set in the present time. The wolf is telling us what really happened, hoping to change your opinion of him. This story is pretty entertaining and at the end I found myself wishing it was longer. I could easily see this novella or novel size. Did he change my opinion on the wolf? No. If the story was longer could he? Possibly. Overall it was a fun story to read.
Next is the story Tom Petty Sucks. I can’t tell you too much of this story because it is so short and if I do I could giveaway what happens. This story takes around five minutes to read. The story is about a guy who is becoming a vampire and is afraid of heights. Again, I think this could be a fun novella or novel.
Finally is Wake. This is another story that is really short and I cannot say much about it without giving anything away. I think this story is a pretty cool concept and I could see this turned into a series.
Each of these stories are short and because of their length I did not become connected to any character. The story lines are great and made me want to keep turning the pages.
Overall this collection is a fun read and I really enjoyed it. The whole thing will take you thirty minutes or less to read, I am a slow reader and it probably took me thirty minutes to read. This is definitely a collection I will read again when I am in the mood for a quick read.
I hope that Valin will come back and revisit these stories and maybe expand upon them. I especially think that Wake could turn into a really cool series. There is so much back story that could be explored and what could happen in the future.
I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Valin and what other stories he might give us. I hope that you will go and pick this up when it is released on December 15, 2015. You can preorder it here.
Initial Leighgendary Rating: 8/10 Stars
After talking with Valin about the length I found out that these were stories that were supposed to go into anthologies and he had to keep the stories under a certain word count. Due to that fact, I am giving it a new Leighgendary Rating.
Leighgendary Rating: 8.5/10 Stars
To read more reviews and author interviews visit www.leighgendarium.com
In all, a well-written, entertaining group of stories from a talented writer, and I can't wait to see more!
I wholeheartedly recommend this entertaining read.
I appreciated each of the stories and look forward to more from Mr. Valin. Well done!
The same can be said of Christopher Valin and his three-short story collection "Tres Puercos: And Other Dark Tales". Without giving too much away, the first tale is a criminal (and human) take on The Three Little Pigs, with the wolf reimagined as, if not the hero, certainly the antihero of the story. This Wolf is out to push back at Los Puercos, a nasty group of men who have run almost everyone out of the old neighborhood, including the wolf's own mother, and made it their criminal playground.
This does not sit well with the Wolf, no angel himself, and he decides to go pound on some doors...
The second tale, "Tom Petty Sucks", reveals the downside of one man being a vampire is, in fact, its upside... emphasis on the "up," when you're a vampire that suffers from acrophobia.
The third tale, "Wake", is absolutely ripe to be expanded into a full-blown novel: a man with the ability to move through other people's dreams, and their nightmares, struggles to hang on to his sanity.
All three tales move at a fast clip. And you'll want more from each one, when you're done.
"Tom Petty Sucks" is the second story, and is a fun little tale about a vampire...who just happens to be afraid of heights. Ending the collection is a story about a man who battles the nightmares of others. While "Wake" is probably the shortest story of the bunch, it's actually the darkest one.
While I expected a little more horror from the title of the book, the first two tales bring more humor into the darkness. This isn't a bad thing, however, and I found that I enjoyed all three of these stories.
4 1/2 Stars
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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