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Saloons & Stardust: A Collection Kindle Edition
Four Ink Press presents a science fiction collection of short stories by author Pamela Jeffs, featuring tales of ‘courageous women’.
Immerse yourself in alternate landscapes, from ancient oceans to the weird wilds of western frontiers. There you will find a mechanical dragon feeding on extraterrestrial oil to survive, an undertaker scouring alien battlefields for the dog tags of dead soldiers, the daughter of a pirate forging figureheads for spaceships and chimeras duelling at high noon.
This collection also features the Aurealis Award nominated short story ‘Cards and Steel Hearts’.
Be brave. Open the pages. Explore.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07WPNFHFT
- Publisher : Four Ink Press (September 14, 2019)
- Publication date : September 14, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2447 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 90 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,428,789 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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‘Creatively brilliant’ was running through my mind while reading “Cards and Steel Hearts,” the first story in this anthology. Pamela Jeffs creates a world, within only a few pages, that feels comfortably curious. As the story unfolds, and the creativity of Jeffs’ world starts to mesh, I couldn’t help but smile. It was all new to me, an avid reader and published writer.
“Cards and Steel Hearts,” was flawless in execution, and leaves the reader in the dust as it ends, while they wait to turn the page and see “Chapter 1” of what only could have been the beginning of an incredible novel.
I want more of this world, a world where the teenage protagonist, a teenage Indian girl seeking vengeance provides the reader with, “...my tomahawk has split his skull. It cracks like a melon, the features of his face lost in a sheet of hot blood.” It was hard to leave this world and jump to the next one, and this was common while reading “Saloons and Stardust,” where each story left the reading fulfilled yet longing for more.
“In Salt and By Starlight” is another beautifully written tale of heroism, but to call it heroism is an insult to the strong women that make the heart of these stories beat. The true word would, and should be heroineism, because the protagonists of these tales remind me of the legacies of Joan of Arc and Amelia Earhart.
I could go on about each short story, how they all carry a textbook introduction, intriguing protagonist, creatively-inspiring setting, and daggering twist. It’s like a MasterClass on how to start a novel.
—And I remind myself these aren’t novels, they’re short stories, but the weight they hold on the reader are as everlasting as the novels I dearly hope many of these stories one day produce.
I urge any reader whose mind longs to explore other worlds to read “Salons and Stardust.” Pamela Jeffs is just getting started. Buckle up.
Whether it’s mechanical stallions galloping in open fields, or alien technology powering native dwellers, there is a story in here for everyone. ‘Gunfire, guns and ruins’ stood out for me, telling a fine tale of global infections and alien encounters.
‘Saloons and stardust’ lets your imagination run wild with
form changing wolves & magical hunters.
‘Revelation’ is filled with steampunked ships of the night, treasure maps, clockwork guards and tales of piracy onboard huge solar powered floating galleon vessels.
Gunslinging creatures that never yield to the blade wander these pages, beware reader, a strong heart is required. You have been warned. Have your colts charged with silver bullets, and make sure your aim is true when the challenge of a duel is called, or you may find yourself immortalised in stone if you’re second to draw.
oh and If your heart ain’t up to the challenge mayhaps a new one can be forged.
really great read.
$2.90 well spent and i'm looking out for more.
Top reviews from other countries
I opened the book and ended up reading the first story Cards and Steel Hearts three times before I could move on, because I simply didn’t want to leave the amazing world and characters created.
Every single story in this collection is worth a read. And by the end of some stories I felt my heart pounding with the rush of adventure and soaring with the emotions and strength of characters created.
My personal favourites were definitely Cards and Steel Hearts, Saloons and Stardust, Undertaker, Bloodlines and Wolverslinger.
With lines such as:
He’s haunted looking, like he’s seen bad things – things that don’t sit too well with the soul.
Piles of clustered rubbish, heaving with rats, loiter in the gutters.
How can you not love Jeffs’ writing and feel the magic she is weaving.