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"A book that transports you to fantastic realms, but at the same time keeps you rooted in the familiar territory of our everyday lives... A struggle to protect the similar, understand the different, find the meaning of life, reclaim and rebuild it." Book Review Hub

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Steph Warren
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

This anthology features an assorted collection of Richie Billing’s short stories.

The stories are mostly unconnected (with the exception of ‘The General’ and ‘Forgotten’ which are set in the same world) but there are some commonalities between them.

All of the fantasy stories feature everyday people or underdogs, and their small daily struggles, rather than epic battles, princes and d
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Caoileann
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this short story collection. I'm a big fantasy fan, and he is brilliant at world building. Rather than focus solely on the big picture (kings/queens, warring territories etc), he hones in on the little guys and the vulnerable (children, the elderly, to name a few), which I found refreshing. He paints a really vivid picture of their daily lives and struggles, addressing issues such as poverty, hunger, addiction, and much more. There were some really poignant moments in both his fan ...more
Helen Gould
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers, or anyone who likes short fiction
As the author explains, this book is a collection of various pieces of shorter fiction previously published in a selection of magazines and anthologies. Hence their subject matter is quite diverse, and their genre varies from one story to another.

Fantasy section

Some of the stories in this section are linked in setting if not subject matter. In Noodlin’, Edaw, a fisherman all his life, sees his career coming to an end. After a visit to the pub he guddles for fish and gets more than he bargains f
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Anda
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was quite a ride!

This collection of short stories reminded me a bit of Raymond Carver. Although different, they belonged to the same universe, you could feel a certain kind of atmosphere. It stroke me the most when I began the second part of the book, it took me a minute to change from the previous fantasy style to the others.

My favorites were The pigeon catchers ( that ending, man , brought tears to my eyes), Soap ( which I could feel how it would end, but it still hit me), Death of Empres
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Keith Croteau
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly one of the best short story collections I’ve ever read. A handful of different genres to keep the reader interested and a glimpse into worlds I want to know more about. Loved it!
Debra Caples
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I recently signed up to read Richie Billing's Flying On The Ground. I wondered when the smoking skeleton on the cover would show up in his collection of short stories and I figure it's poor, old Johnny who loved to smoke and, in Death Of The Empress, ends up a corpse. From the psychedelic overtones I'd mistaken it for a joint.
Richie's non-fiction, A Fantasy Writer's Handbook, is a real gem and useful for all kind of information but here in Flying we get a look at his skill with fantasy fiction.
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Charles Remington
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Flying on the Ground by Richie Billing is an eclectic mix of tales in which the author displays his ability and competence over several genres. The early tales, seven in all, are set in an imaginary medieval world where hunger stalks the land and peasants struggle to survive. Strange creatures roam the dark forests where battles are fought with crossbows and swords. It is a dark, unforgiving world where even children must play their part in providing for the family. These Fantasy genre stories a ...more
Whiskey & Wit Book Reviews
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was first introduced to Richie Billing through his nonfiction book, A Fantasy Writers' Handbook https://whiskeywitbook-reviews.com/bo... I found Billing to be well-written, articulate, organized and focused while his study showed little resemblance to the dull, dusty handbooks of yore. When Billing reached out to me to review his collection of short stories, I was intrigued. In Billing's AFWH intro he writes, "They say write the book you want to read." I'm extraordinarily pleased he takes his ...more
Jay Batista
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to procure an advanced release copy of this book for reviewing. This is a masterful collection of short stories, this author has a true skill for lyrical writing, excellent talent for vocabulary and succinct storytelling. These tiny tales cover historical fiction, fantasy and horror, and all have been previously published before they were collected in this work. A few of the tales are placed in a fictional world where fantasy collides with the gritty realities of the hand-to-mouth li ...more
Terri
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a mix of captivating stories and personalities in uncommon situations, He captures the imagination with his use of imagery and setting. This is a not-to-be-missed collection of engaging writing.
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Richie Billing writes fantasy fiction, historical fiction and stories of a darker nature. His short fiction has been published by, amongst others, Kzine, TANSTAAFL Press, Bewildering Stories, Liquid Imagination, The Magazine of History & Fiction, Aether and Ichor, and Far Horizons. His debut novel, Pariah's Lament, was published by Of Metal and Magic Publishing on 17th March 2021. He co-hosts the

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