The Jester (Riyria Chronicles #2.5) (Short Story)

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Title: The Jester

Series: Riyria Chronicles #2.5

Author: Michael Sullivan

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 33

 

Synopsis:

A short story about Royce and Hadrian having an adventure with a Widow, a Pig Farmer and a whole mountain filled with traps to protect a mysterious treasure.

 

My Thoughts:

This drops you in right at the end of the story and with a few deft conversations fills you in on what is going on, but not to the point that I would have liked, ie, I wanted a full novel out of this story!

I like Riyria so this little tidbit helped feed the hunger until the next book comes out [whenever that may be]. It is a standalone story as any references to other adventures are explained but it makes for a fuller, more enjoyable read if you have already read the previous Revelations & then Chronicles series. That being said, if you want to check out the Riyria series with no commitment, this story allows just that very admirably.

I took 1 star off because I would have loved to see this expanded into a full length novel. The material is certainly there for that. So maybe that is actually a plus?

Only A Shadow (Fated Blades #0.5)

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Title: Only A Shadow

Series: Fated Blades #0.5

Author: Steve Bein

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 61

 

Synopsis:

A ninja clan must disgrace a local leader whose goal is to wipe them out. They must steal his Fated Blade, which will then allow them to destroy him.

The old crafty ninja-master is training a young man and part of the training is out-smarting the young man so he’ll realize that wisdom takes time to accumulate.

 

My Thoughts:

This was a fun little short story about one of the Fated Blades.

It was an adventure story with the stealing of the Blade. It was a teaching tale with the old ninja out-smarting the double-crossing young man. And finally, it was a Fated Blade Story, enough said.

The page count is a little mis-leading, as the story ends around page 45 and the rest was an excerpt from the first Fated Blade book, Daughter of the Sword. I really dislike when those type of things happen, even while I understand why the publishers keep doing it.

There was NO fantasy element to this story, nor any cross-over to present time with Mariko. I was a little disappointed, as I like the Mariko storylines more than the historical ones. However, this was still a great story and to be honest, I’d recommend someone trying this short story out if they weren’t sure of starting the series.

Bein is a good writer, and sadly, that is more of a compliment than it should be. However, it is refreshing to read a well written short story that isn’t boring or full of cardboard characters.

Snow in the Desert (Short Story) (Polity)

646b91d55a75224b31d83af25b28b9c8I started reading this and it sounded VERY familiar. And it turns out it was in a book of short stories by Asher, The Gabble: And Other Stories, and I wasn’t going crazy.

So this short story is about a man who has regenerative powers and who Earth Central wants, along with unscrupulous bounty hunters who want his powers for themselves.

And a sexy cyborg.

Neal Asher just writes enjoyable stories.

 

Snow in the Desert

Neal Asher

3 Stars

Wool

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Wool #1

Hugh Howey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

A solid 3star, but no more. A story about a dystopian society, a wife who kills herself and her depressed husband/sheriff. Who ends up killing himself in the same way.

But! Did they actually die? At the end of this short story we’re just not sure. In fact, I’m not sure about a lot of things.

I would recommend people read the omnibus edition, as they can immediately read the rest of the story without waiting. Not having the sequel immediately after reading the first story killed it for me, as I don’t like dystopia for the most part and nothing in this story encouraged me to read more.

Detroit Christmas

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The Grimnoir Chronicles #0.5

Larry Correia

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

A little short story about a Christmas Mystery. As other reviewers have noted, it helps tremendously to have read Hard Magic, as that book explains the world you find yourself in in Detroit Christmas.

It was a fun little read with some action and magic all jumbled around, with some gangsta’s. I love gangsta’s. I also like saying “gangsta’s”. Makes the Mrs laugh…