An adorable anthology by Milk, who I first discovered through her series Girl Friends: The Complete Collection 1. This anthology deals with a series o...moreAn adorable anthology by Milk, who I first discovered through her series Girl Friends: The Complete Collection 1. This anthology deals with a series of characters from the same school, but unconnected to the characters in Girl Friends. Its cute, fluffy, and utterly sweet. Definitely a keeper for those who love the mangakan and her style of yuri.
Its interesting seeing the variety of comparisons within these fairy tales and our own Western ones. Evil stepmothers? Check. Evil Neighbors? Check. E...moreIts interesting seeing the variety of comparisons within these fairy tales and our own Western ones. Evil stepmothers? Check. Evil Neighbors? Check. Evil Monkeys? Um, er. Stories about how animals came to be/got their names? Check. Underwater palaces? Hmm...
You get the idea.
An intriguing, if kind of odd, collection that was definitely directed towards Western audience. Makes me wonder if there was a few abridgments in there..
The In His Eyes Anthology is a nice compilation of a variety of short stories, and excerpts from the author's various novels, but told through his eye...moreThe In His Eyes Anthology is a nice compilation of a variety of short stories, and excerpts from the author's various novels, but told through his eyes.
I like being punny
While I enjoyed most of these, I think I really would've like it more had it featured a more balanced ratio between the small quantity of short stories and the large amount of excerpts. Not knowing who these characters were or having any background made me feel isolated for quite a few of the stories in here. There were a fair few, Jessie Harrell's story about Eros for instance, that I did enjoy, but on the whole I felt like a third wheel.
It's a weird analogy, but I'm using it.
Nevertheless, it's a nice collection for the those who know the authors' various works, or who want to get a taste of them.
A sweet little collection that can be read on on its own as easily as it can be read to kids, Levine's second volume of The Princess Tales provides a...moreA sweet little collection that can be read on on its own as easily as it can be read to kids, Levine's second volume of The Princess Tales provides a nice twist on three easily recognizable fairy tales. From gender swapping in Levine's version of Cinderella to the addition of frog magic in Rapunzel, Levine doesn't hesitate to play around with the traditional stories, while still being true to their core elements.
While not as charming as Ella Enchanted (though to be honest, nothing has ever quite come close to that wonderful novel), The Princess Tales is cute and simple enough to remind you of your younger and more fanciful years. I definitely felt like a kid again reading these!
After devouring the entire Curse Workers trilogy and enjoying Black's Tithe trilogy, it's pretty much a guarantee that I'll at least semi-love anythin...moreAfter devouring the entire Curse Workers trilogy and enjoying Black's Tithe trilogy, it's pretty much a guarantee that I'll at least semi-love anything Holly Black puts to pen. The Poison Eaters was no exception, and is filled with the dark, creepy, and wicked content that Black promises time and time again in her work.
Filled with stories about werewolves, vampire, and even zombie-like maidens, Black plays with both the fairy-tale motif, while still incorporating her own charm into the mix. While most of the stories in this collection are around the 3.5-4 mark, The Poison Eaters as a whole is a great collection for fans and newcomers alike. The only thing that could throw any newcomers off is the fact that one of the short stories does technically feature spoilers for the Tithe series (who gets with who, who lives, etc...). Luckily the spoilers won't totally ruin the series for you, but it's something to keep in mind if you have yet to read anything by Holly Black. (Or if you've only read her Curse Workers series)
There were a few stories in here I did feel were a bit on the sub-par level, (the shorters ones unsurprisingly), but the majority were well executed, and reminded me a lot of Black's earlier work (The Poison Eaters is, after all, pre-Curse Workers). It's interesting to see how far she's come writing-wise, and this collection is a great indication of that change.
All in all, The Poison Eaters was a lovely, lively collection of the usual creepy crawly things Black loves to play with that's easily addicting as it is a pleasure to read. 4/5(less)
Solomon Kane is an anthology filled with adventure, suspense, and fantasy. It's perfect for fans of Robert E. Howard, as it is for fans of adventure....moreSolomon Kane is an anthology filled with adventure, suspense, and fantasy. It's perfect for fans of Robert E. Howard, as it is for fans of adventure.
Truly it's wonderful. Hitting all the right notes to make Solomon Kane so full of the things we expect from Howard and his writing, yet different enough to make Solomon and his world stand out from Conan's fame and, often, shadow. It's a creepy anthology at times, filling its corners with the darkness of humanity as equally as it does with the darkness at the heart of the fantastical world Howard has created. More than once I shivered, heart in throat at the imagery Howard wrote, and the fear that Solomon wasn't going to make it.
It's also an anthology that is a product of its time; its slight racist and non-pc overtones uncomfortable at times. It never ventures totally, but it does reflect the context in which Howard wrote. Much like my own opinion of the Conan short stories and Howard's other writings, Solomon Kane is a piece to be read with caution and an understanding of the time in which it was produced.
All in all Solomon Kane is a lovely anthology for fans and newcomers of Howard. It's beautifully collected, with an assortment of illustrations that add to the pieces, as well as drafts, sketches, and biographical material about and by Howard. Not to be missed; not to be passed by. 4.5-5/5(less)