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When the Hero Comes Home Paperback – June 10, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
There's such a wonderful diversity in these stories. Sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy, it's definitely a new experience with every story. And there are some real flashes of brilliance in here.
Keeping Time by Gabrielle Harbowy I read first, because she's my editor and I idolize her but I'd never read anything by her. I was so pleasantly surprised, both by the compelling storytelling and by the ending. The Once and Now-ish King by JM Frey I jumped to next, since I already love her debut novel, Triptych. That. One. Rocks. So insanely clever and funny.
There's such raw, real humanity--and inhumanity--in The Evil that Remains by Erik Buchanan. Brine Magic by Tony Pi was unique, fascinating, and moving. One and Twenty Summers by Brian Cortijo left me gasping for more--and those were not tears, really they weren't. But, Brian, when you write more of this one, I want first dibs.
The imagery and emotion of Ashes of the Bonfire Queen by Rosemary Jones was so real that I find myself still thinking of it, feeling it, more than a week later. Mirror Mirror by Phil Rossi was such a creepy-realistic look at the human psyche and the things we do and are capable of.Read more ›
When The Hero Comes Home looks at the aftermath of various heroic battles and daring deeds, something that contemporary fantasy rarely does. In doing so the authors use the fantasy setting to examine some very real world issues like PTSD and the ways that trauma can change us.
Moving as the anthology was, don't think that it's all doom and gloom, some of the stories are pure fun, and even the more serious tales manage to find a glimmer of hope for the protagonists. I think this is a big part of what makes When The Hero Comes Home so good; it would have been easy to make every one of the stories inside an angst fest, or to write off the traumas the characters have gone through as trivial but all of the stories handle the fine line well.
The stories all have a fantasy setting, but within that catch all term there are a wide variety of settings and themes. Whether it's the dragon with a penchant for rescuing damsels in Full Circle by Steve Bornstein (which has a fantastically well crafted twist to it) or the "just this side of real life" tale The Evil That Remains by Erik Buchanan; When The Hero Comes Home has something for everyone. There's even a goblins and zombies tale that really does not play out the way you'd expect (The Blue Corpse Corps by Jim C Hines).
There's a sentence I never thought I'd type.
There's also a story in there called The Legend Of Gluck by Marie Bilodeau. If a title that awesome doesn't interest you then you're dead to me.Read more ›
I'd have to say Brine Magic was my favorite (beautifully written, fascinating magic system, and ties together in a way I didn't quite expect), but there are so many good stories within the pages that it's hard to pick.
Thus, when I noticed this book (as well as its companion 'When The Villain Comes Home'), I decided to buy and read it.
Interesting stories all, some humorous, some not. I most enjoyed the story of the knight who returns home to his farm family,
only to find that his father wants to turn the knight's valiant steed into a plow horse while his mother uses his finely honed
sword to chop turnips......and the only being to whom he can blurt out his frustrations, is the kindly, neighborhood, green tea
sipping dragon! Hilarious!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The preface warns you that this is more than what it appears to be. The majority of the stories were excellent a few were just ok. I would get a part two for sure. Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by K. Piper
I love these types of books where I get to try out new author's whom I might now have chosen to read. Next I am going to try out the villain's version as well.Published on April 28, 2014 by T. Gray
I purchased this ebook (the 1st I've paid $ for) because I had been considering entering a short story of my own to be included in the second book. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Samantha Jean