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- Print Length: 297 pages
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- Publisher: Dragon Moon Press (June 6, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 6, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0054S3J2Y
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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. And if I'm ever capable of writing the rich prose Erik Scott de Bie does in Oathbreaker, a Tale of the World of Ruin, I'll die a happy writer. The best part of that one wasn't just the beautiful drapery, but the way it revealed a fascinating story set in a world far more well-imagined than you usually expect in a short.
Full Circle, by Steve Bornstein, may well be my secret favorite. I'm a sucker for a well-told second person POV and this one is pitch perfect. Steve also builds an great story from very little real info to start on, letting the surprise unfurl with the story, without leaving you scratching your head wondering what's going on. Just the delicious thrill of I-know-I'm-going-to-love-this-as-soon-as-I-figure-it-out.
Those aren't all the great things about this anthology, or even the best, simply the ones that stick out to me over a week later when I finally had a chance to write this review. Don't do yourself the disservice of missing this one. It's an amazing experience.
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!
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.
There were several good stories in this anthology, but also many which I found difficult to enjoy. If you are a fan of short stories, you might like this book.