"Tough Times All Over" by Joe Abercrombie was an interesting tale about several roguish figures who are all seeking a mysterious package whose worth v"Tough Times All Over" by Joe Abercrombie was an interesting tale about several roguish figures who are all seeking a mysterious package whose worth varies from holder to holder in the town of Sipani.
The story definitely had a medieval background feel to it and I liked the idea of all the different point of views throughout the story, however there were points in the story where I was confused or some valuable information was missing. Then again, as a short story it was successful in telling an entertaining, roguish tale with mystery, action, and a bit of danger that definitely keeps the reader interested all the way to the end. (4-Star Rating)
"What Do You Do?" by Gillian Flynn was a twisty and quirky tale of a prostitute, grifter attempting to con a rich client out of thousands of dollars by "cleansing" her old Victorian mansion after a series of unexplained and strange occurrences revolving around the woman's creepy stepson after the family moves into the house.
I really enjoyed the writer's style if writing and the moody atmosphere she was able to portray throughout the story. I liked the imperfect, sassy protagonist as she schemed her way through everything and I particularly loved the twists and turns and the mind blowing ending that was written superbly and expertly and left my mind reeling. (4.5-Star Rating)
"The Inn of the Seven Blessings" by Matthew Hughes was a fast-paced, entertaining tale of a thief who comes upon a mystical idol amongst the belongings of a kidnapped victim that holds more than he could possibly imagine.
I enjoyed the Raffalon's journey from thievery and survival to a life and death quest to rescue a kidnspped man by cannibals at the behest of a God attempting to regain his former powers. I liked this story overall and loved the roguish characters introduced. I particularly liked the mystical aspects of the story and the feel of an ancient era portrayed. Great addition to the anthology. (4.5-Star Rating)
"Bent Twig" by J.R. Lansdale was a sarcastic and thrilling story focused on Hap and Leonard, two roguish friends out to find the drugged out, prostitute daughter of Gap's girlfriend who disappears without a trace deep in the Texas country.
This was my first experience with Hap and Leonard and I was not disappointed! I really liked this story and the characters portrayed and I loved the emotional undertone written into the entire story from beginning to end. The author did a great job of really depicting the reality of each character and situation and the dry and inappropriate humor mixed in just made the story even better. This story is definitely in the right anthology and Hap and Leonard are the true definition of Rouges. I definitely will be reading more about Hap and Leonard in the very near future! (5-Star Rating)
"Tawny Petticoats" by Michael Swanwick was a quirky tale detailing two male drifters seeking a female accomplice to help pull off a major scam in a magically Victorian era New Orleans.
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This story was so good! I loved seeing the young changelings getting together for New Years and spending time with one another.
This really was the firThis story was so good! I loved seeing the young changelings getting together for New Years and spending time with one another.
This really was the first time since Mercy and Riley got together, that the cats and the wolves were intermingled and hanging out with one another. I liked the tension of the unknown and the couples that actually came together. I particularly loved seeing Noel again and I thought is was so cute how the story ended with sleeping felines and canines together at the Mercy and Riley's cabin.
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I just love Dmitri and Honor and this little glimpse into their world was just fantastic!
Although short, this story exudes the sexuality of Dmitri anI just love Dmitri and Honor and this little glimpse into their world was just fantastic!
Although short, this story exudes the sexuality of Dmitri and the love he has for Honor and her love for him. It also showed the dynamic of their lives and what actually being together forever really means to both as husband to wife, master to consort, and lover to lover.
I just sigh with pleasure from reading this story of the vampires and definitely will be reading it again, possibly after writing this review!...more