Hides the Dark Tower Paperback – September 30, 2015
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- Publisher : Pole to Pole Publishing (September 30, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 280 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1941559077
- ISBN-13 : 978-1941559079
- Item Weight : 14.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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This collection of short stories revolve around the theme of “towers”, and more specifically towers of the dark kind: towers of sorcery, alien towers in strange world, sinister lighthouses, towers of the Underworld... There are very few “nice” dwellings here, and a lot of the stories do not carry much hope, or are tinged with a bittersweet side.
I found this a quick and pleasant read in general. While I admit not caring much for the first story (a poem), there was nothing really catastrophic in there. On the other hand, no story felt really above the others as far as I'm concerned. Mostly it's a matter of a good deal of stories feeling somewhat “unfinished”: too short for me to properly get to care about the characters (“Beneath the Bell Bay Light”, “Core Craving”), with endings that were often too open, as if something was missing (“Giving a Hand”, “Smoke and Sprites”), even though at first they did seem complete. That's something I've struggled with myself, and something I find regularly in other anthologies, and I won't fault this one specifically. So, all in all, it's a solid 3 stars, though not more.
The stories I liked best:
“Squire Magic”: Bittersweet indeed, but a nice lesson about magic, and how the most powerful spells aren't always able to best a cunning mind who knows what to do with “simple” spells.
“The Tower”: a quaint and quiet little town, a man staying close to its roots, and the evil looming abover everyone, in the shape of an old water tower. It had a bit of a Stephen King feeling.
“They Warp the Fabric of the Sky”: Beware what you're looking for... and do not disregard the power of a smile.
“Kiss of Death”: Somewhat comical and light, yet also a beautiful love story. (And it has a Lich and a Necromancer! Bonus points!)
“Annie the Escaper”: actually, not really a favourite; however, I liked the idea of a species realising in the end it couldn't live without the other, although not for the most obvious reason.
Special mention for “The Blind Queen's Daughter” because Arthurian & Lovecraftian mythos together.
My favorites include fantasy tales (Larry C. Kay's Squire Magic, Ray Kolb's The Siege of Ravelin, Jeff Stehman's The Sorcerer Climbed her Tower), a nice one about a serial killer (Richard Chizmar's The Tower), some urban fantasy (Brad Hafford's Freak Justice, Kelly A. Harmon's Giving a Hand), and some dystopian futura (Kane Gordon's The People of the Town).
Top reviews from other countries
Mein Favorit ist G. Scott Huggins "The blind queen's daughter", eine interessante Verschmelzung des Arthusmythos mit Elementen us den Lovecraft-Erzählungen.
Nice collection of stories for all those moments when you want to read something short and enjoyable. Most stories tend a little towards the horror-side of the fantasy spektrum.
My personal favorite is G. Scott Huggins "The blind queen's daughter", a fascinating amalgamation of Arthurian and Lovecraftian mythology.