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Short Story Review: Bottle Caps and Cigarette Butts by Bernard Mojzes

Posted in Reviews, Story Reviews on November 23, 2009 by teamjalice1863

Just when I thought Bernie couldn’t surprise me anymore, he does. This was a nice change of pace for me. The gargoyles twist came out of nowhere. Because of the type of book this is, I knew that there was going to be magic involved. However, had I been reading this somewhere else, I wouldn’t have guessed. The way he weaved both the mundane world, and the fantastical events was great.

On a side note, I pre-ordered a full length book of his, and I am very much looking forward to reading it!

Short Story Review: “Pixie Dust” Steven Earl Yoder

Posted in Reviews, Story Reviews on November 22, 2009 by teamjalice1863

FINALLY got around to reading more in Bad-Ass Faeries 2: Just Plain Bad, and I have to say, I am feeling relieved to get back to it. I have now set a goal to read one story a day until I finish it. Anyway!

So “Pixie Dust”. First I gotta say it. I’ve said it in every review. This book is just full of surprises. You’d think now I would have learned to expect the unexpected in here, but nope. I haven’t.

What a ride and sudden jolt! Yoder, like all the other authors in this anthology threw me for al oop. As wrong as this may sound, I found this concept of pinned pixies kind of creative. Sort of reminded of this story Mom told me about having to do a .bug collection, and pinning them into wax or something.

I was right in my last review. I just wish I hadn’t waited so long to prove it!!

~Heather

Next Up: Bottle Caps and Cigarette Butts by Bernie Mojzes

Short Story Review: Zwischenzug by Lorne Dixon

Posted in Books, Story Reviews on June 27, 2009 by teamjalice1863

Well, I must say. It’s been a long time since I even picked up BAF 2. I *almost* feel guilty, but my writing has become one of my priorities, so I am not reading as fast I normally would. Anyway, today, I made a point to read another story, mostly because I felt like I needed a boost in the faerie realm.

This story was very interesting. Very… well, let’s just say. I’m glad my lunch had digested before I read it. This is a good thing. It isn’t very often where I find myself faced with visually descriptive gore in a book. I don’t find myself going “ew” while reading. This was definitely an exception. Nicely written. I wonder what kind of adventure awaits me in “Pixie Dust”….

Short Story Review: Whiskey Sour by Skyla Dawn Cameron

Posted in Books, Story Reviews on May 30, 2009 by teamjalice1863

Felt like reading two stories from BAF 2. “Whiskey Sour” by Skyla Dawn Cameron was very entertaining. Twists and turns. You never quite knew who’s side Juliette was on. But I still think Toby got his! I am loving this book more and more, and you know, I almost don’t want it to end! I’m going to have to get my hands on the other one. That’s all there is to it!

Back to the story though. One of the best parts was “55 if you call me sweetheart again!” That was nice! Good line. I can’t put my finger on who, but Juliette reminds me of someone. Like maybe Lara Croft… but that’s not exactly who I’m thinking of.

I hope to read more from this author in the future.

Short Story Review: Bad Clown by D.C. Wilson

Posted in Books, My Self, Reviews, Story Reviews on May 30, 2009 by teamjalice1863

So after taking about a week or so off from Bad-Ass Faeries 2, I returned to the book in an effort to stop myself from reading more in City of Ashes before I had my hands on City of Glass. The first story I read today was “Bad Clown”.

Let me say this first and foremost. I was feeling a little apperhensive about this story because I already had a slight fear of clowns in lterature/movies. (Thank you, Stephen King.) But this turned out to be okay, actually. *sigh of relief* I mean, he wasn’t really a clown. He was a faerie of the unseelie. ┬áThat, I can deal with.

One of the things I liked is how, if you weren’t reading a book of faerie short stories, you wouldn’t have realized at first this was a faerie story. You could probably say taht about most of these, but this one really would’ve caught me off guard if I hadn’t known, and of course, I did. I was just waiting for the “faerie” connection.

The compassion the others showed for the mundane child Amy was really heartwarming. I love children in stories, and I am always wary about having one involved in darker tales, but this was handled very nicely. Great work.

Now I’m off to read Whiskey Sour.

Short Story Review: A Clear Cut Case by Elain Corridae

Posted in Books, Reviews, Story Reviews on May 17, 2009 by teamjalice1863

Again, it’s been a couple of days since I read anything out of BAF 2, because I have been trying to finish up City of Bones before my Sci-Fi Fantasy Class starts on Thursday! So. Here is my review for this neat story!

This story is amazing. I say that about all of them, but this one really impressed me. Sherlock Holmes meets Urban Fantasy/Faeries. How creative. Just like with the pirates, this one caught me off guard. Being a huge Holmes fan, I ate this one up. I think I read this one faster than I’ve read any of the other (except for Party Crashers, because that one just…wow.)

I have learned by now with this book to expect the unexpected, and I think I have begun to do so. Man, I need to get my hands on the 1st volume! I bet it’s amazing. and I can’t wait for the third! Hehe!

Short Story Review: Of Plunder and Souls by L. Jagi Lamplighter

Posted in Reviews, Story Reviews on May 9, 2009 by teamjalice1863

It’s been a few days since I read anything out of BAF 2: Just Plain Bad. I’ve been really busy. So, today, I was really more than ready to read. One thing I love about this book is that you just don’t know what adventure you might be getting into.

“Of Plunder and Souls” is just the right example for such a statement! Faerie Pirates?! What an amazing concept! L. Jagi Lamplighter delivers a unique tale of car jacking of a very different sort. When Clara’s car is towed off by “pirates” she has no idea what to do.

The story touches entertainingly on the subject of autism. I live with an autistic individual, and it’s not common to find that as an undertone in any fiction, let alone Urban fantasy. It was handled wonderfully, and I like the idea behind it a lot.

Without a doubt, Lamplighter is an author I will be keeping an eye out for in the future. Faerie pirates… *shakes head* Amazing!

See y’all next time!