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Three Slices

(The Iron Druid Chronicles #7.5)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,216 ratings  ·  221 reviews
Three Slices presents three novellas by modern fantasy writers:

A Prelude to War by Kevin Hearne
After an old friend is murdered in retaliation for his mercenary strikes against the oldest vampires in the world, Atticus O'Sullivan must solicit the aid of another old friend in Ethiopia if he's going to have a chance of finishing a war he never wanted. Meanwhile, Granuaile M
Kindle Edition, 166 pages
Published May 5th 2015 (first published April 9th 2015)
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Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4000-books
I read this collection of three short stories because the first one, A Prelude to War, is an introduction to Kevin Hearne's next full book and I did not want to miss anything! As a short story it was okay - too much Granuaille as usual - I keep hoping something dreadful might happen to her soon. Anyway I am now up to date on Atticus and Oberon and very ready for the next book.
The second story, Not my Circus, Not my Monkey, is by a new to me author, Delilah S. Dawson. This was a great introductio
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Three slices of …


No kidding.

Kevin Hearne, Delilah Dawson and Chuck Wendig present three novellas which feature tyromancy.

What’s tyromancy you ask?

A form of divination involving observation of cheese.

I’m a Kevin Hearne fan, more specifically a fan of his Iron Druid series and so I was interested in his story Prelude to War. Atticus travels to Ethiopia to meet a tyromancer he’s known for centuries. This leads up to the action to come in 2016’s next Atticus and Oberon adventure Staked. Hearn
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
3 Stars for 3 Slices

A Prelude to War by Kevin Hearne - 3.5 Stars
I nice little Iron Druid entry. Fast and fun.

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys by Delilah S. Dawson - 4 Stars
First time reading this author and based on this story I will be seeking out more of her work.

Interlude: Swallow by Chuck Wendig - 2 Stars
I liked the premise of someone who can see the day and time of your death by touching you, but did not enjoy the characters’ voice which tended towards the vulgar side. The mystery was not ba
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Iron Druid short story: A Prelude to War
3 Stars
I'm not sure what happened to Iron Druid, but I loved it at the beginning, and the farther along it's gotten and the more time passes in between, I just don't love it anymore. I still like it. It's still entertaining. I really love Oberon and Granuaile and the deities and even Atticus, though.

This short story was decent. Not great. Felt kinda rushed. And the whole cheese-o-mancy was a little, well, cheesy.

**I skipped the Blud short story for now, as
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Rating is for the story: A Prelude to War by Kevin Hearne. I'm a little disappointed I had to pay 5.99 just to get to read this short (not available anywhere else), because I feel like it's a necessary part of the journey after reading it.

I may go back and try the Delilah Dawson story someday soon.
All three stories were good. I'm a big fan of both the Iron Druid and Miriam Black, so those stories were a pretty easy sell, but I enjoyed the story by Delilah S. Dawson as well. It's the second story I've read in an anthology set in her Blud series and I'm intrigued enough now to want to read more, so the anthology model definitely worked again to both make money and make a new fan. It appears to be the earliest in the series chronologically, even earlier than the prequel in Carniepunk, but I' ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I bought this book because I couldn't wait to read the next installment in the Iron Druid Chronicles. Actually, I bought book #8 and then, I bought this one. I don't usually like the little in-between novellas, but this was an exception because it was more than just one story, which most of them are.

As it turns out, it was a sweet deal for me. I got more Iron Druid than I was planning on and I was exposed to two authors new to me, and I had a chance to preview their writing style and their char
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't like when you have to read the novellas to understand the novels. If it's important to the main story it should just be included in one of the main books.
Chris Evans
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
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A Prelude to War (4/5 stars): This is the reason I got the book and the only one of the three authors I've read. The story is good and advances the plot in such a way that it is a must to read before moving on to Book 8. I wonder if they'll re-cap it in book 8 upon release or publish it on it's own.

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys (4/5 stars): Never read this author before and I know nothing about the world it takes part in, but the story was enjoyable, characters and writing was good, and over all
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
This story is NOT necessary reading before reading Staked, no matter what Kevin Hearne says in the intro. This basically reads as the first two chapters of Staked, and it is borderline criminal that this is marketed as "must read". I'm a fan of Hearne's Iron Druid novels, and enjoy reading the stand alone short stories. But that's when they're considered the icing on the cake. When we're told we have to read one to enjoy the novels, that's something else all together, and I feel tricked.

Having s
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
I only read the first Iron Druid story. The story itself was good. However, the story is essential to Staked and should have been included there.

This was a money grab, author exposure, or both. I wouldn't have been as annoyed if the Iron Druid story was available stand alone at a reasonable price. Instead, I paid for two short stories that I don't care about just to read the Staked prologue.
Steven Naylor
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is short story from 3 different authors. To be honest I only read the one from Kevin Hearne in preparation for reading staked. I really missed the Iron Druid series, so any story with Atticus and Oberon I think is great.
Fangs for the Fantasy
These collection of three short stories have two themes:

One is Tyromancy. The ancient art of predicting the future using cheese (traditionally by cheese making) beyond just “we’re going to have something tasty to eat.” This is actually a thing and our ancestors were odd odd people. I do appreciate this rather unique little twist uniting them,

The second is the old Polish saying “Not My Circus, Not my Monkeys.” A saying basically saying (simplistically) “not my problem.

This is most excellently don
Cassandra Page
It's very rare to find an anthology where you've read all (and are up to date on the relevant series by) the contributing authors. It's never happened to me before, at any rate! So of course when I saw Three Slices, which has stories by three awesome urban fantasy writers, I had to buy it.

I maybe should have guessed from the title, but all three stories have one thing in common: oracular cheese. (Yes, cheese.) That element was really cute, and was one of the things that tied the stories together
Mark Stone
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved the Kevin Hearne story. The other two were OK but not insanely good. All three stories revolved around tiromancy...which is using cheese for divination. A weird subject to share and something I never knew existed.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed both the Iron Druid (Kevin Hearne) short and the Blud (Delilah S. Dawson) short, but must admit I was a bit lost with the Miriam Black (Chuck Wendig) short.

First, I am an existing fan of the first two and listened to the Iron Druid in audio throughout, so the novella was like sliding back into a comfortable shoe in preparation for the new release.

Although I've read perhaps half or more of Dawson's Blud series I had not previously listened to any of the audio for it. I have to say I re
I got this book just to read the Kevin Hearne Iron Druid story as I don't read the other authors work.

Atticus is going to Africa to meet up with a powerful fortune teller who uses cheese production to map out the path of the person visiting her. He has need of important information and risks travelling to meet her, knowing that Werner is on his trail. She previously led led Atticus to his faithful hound Oberon and a safe haven in Tempe so he trusts her cheese to direct him. We learn of the other
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this little story. It is part of three story collection aptly named Three Slices. All three stories include tyromancy - divination using cheese o.o
Interesting stuff!
Without knowing I read this one in order!

Merged review:

This is a set of three stories with the theme of tyromancy. I liked the first one the most since it is the only one I whose general series I follow of the three. Second story was a bit longer for me and it pushed me in a very different setting with predominating unknown fan
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am a huge a Iron Druid can and I really enjoyed this latest tale of Atticus & Oberon. 5 Stars on story 1.
I am familiar with the world of Mr. Stain and found this story a light a fun prequel to the series. 4 Stars on story 2.
I had no prior world knowledge of the third story. This left me unattached to the characters and not caring enough t I finish the story. Didn't finish reading (Lemmed) story 3.
Lee Ann
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first two stories were quite good...I love Kevin Herne so that was a gimme. I had never read anything from Dahlia Dawson before - this short story I enjoyed. I will stop there because that is in fact where I basically stopped reading. The third story was not my cup of tea so to speak and I only made it one chapter the author's words "It was not my kind of Circus and I did not like his Monkeys" ;-)
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hearne with his continued Iron Druid stories and friends. You get an introduction to two other writers which is nice. All three

Stories written distinctly different but compliment. Enjoy a good read and wander a different way. Travel to something familiar then a dark road to the unfamiliar.
Michael Wylde
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
My name is Michael, and I'm an Iron Druid addict; I'd read anything with Atticus and Oberon in it!
Great short story, spiked with cliffhangers for fans of the series awaiting the next installment. A great teaser to get us through the wait for #8.
Thanks Kevin! You Rock.
this was a good hit of Atticus and some interesting other stories/characters. Might look into the full books on the other characters
Courtney Nicole
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sick of these "vital to the series" interim money making short stories / novellas in (mini-) anthologies
Justin Beaver
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
No real happy with this. Reading Prelude to War because as I started "Staked" it warned that I might miss some things and they could be found in this book. First of all, I'm not okay with a continuing book telling me to buy a novella or i'll miss some things. In fact, the ONLY reason I read this was because I got it free for an Audible Trial on Amazon. Secondly, Why make a novella that is in between books. If you're so keen on us reading it, make another book. It was 6 chapters that could've eas ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
So I read these stories since I am a huge fan of the Iron Druid Chronicles.

The Iron Druid Chronicles 7.5
This was delightful and I enjoyed it. It was much like the other extra stories from the series.

Blud 3.5
Also enjoyed this story. I really love Kevin Hearne's style and this fit really well. I found myself looking for more books written by Delilah Dawson.

Miriam Black 3.5
It wasn't a bad story but it din't feel like it fit with the other two stories. For starters the style of writing was much di
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Atticus' story was spectacular but the other two? Not

I loved Hearne's story of Aaticus and the Tyromancer. I guess these three stories have that in common: reading the future through cheese. The second story was by a different author and I didn't like it. The third story, by yet another artist was pretty full of violence, and all the stuff that does not make for a good story. These last two come with the necessary 7.5 in the Iron Druid Chronicles, but I wish I hadn't read them. Now I know what a
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Goodreads Librari...: Add two series to anthology 3 19 Apr 26, 2016 06:25AM  
  • A Fantasy Medley 3 (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #0.3)
  • Urban Enemies
  • Snake in the Glass (Incryptid, #3.3)
  • Carniepunk
  • Armored
  • Wicked After Midnight (Blud, #3)
  • Revisionary (Magic Ex Libris, #4)
  • Attack the Geek (Ree Reyes, #2.5)
  • Burned (Alex Verus, #7)
  • Moscow Mule (The Phantom Queen Diaries, #5)
  • Unidentified Funny Objects 2 (UFO #2)
  • Losing It: A Collection of VCards
  • Love and Other Wild Things (Mystic Bayou, #2)
  • Badass and the Beast: 10 Tails of Kickass Heroines and the Beasts Who Love Them
  • Shadowed Souls
  • Any Port in a Storm (Ayala Storme #2)
  • Awakenings
  • The First Ark (Deathless, #0.5)
Kevin is the NYT bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, as well as The Seven Kennings, an epic fantasy trilogy, and the Tales of Pell, a humorous fantasy series co-authored with Delilah S. Dawson. INK & SIGIL, a new urban fantasy series set in the Iron Druid universe, will be out in 2020.

Other books in the series

The Iron Druid Chronicles (9 books)
  • Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)
  • Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #2)
  • Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #3)
  • Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #4)
  • Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #5)
  • Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #6)
  • Shattered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #7)
  • Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #8)
  • Scourged (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #9)
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