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The Best of Penny Dread Tales Paperback – October 27, 2014
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- Publisher : WordFire Press (October 27, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 259 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1614752532
- ISBN-13 : 978-1614752530
- Item Weight : 12.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.65 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,067,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The flow and pacing of the stories is fairly quick, and I was reminded by reading this of how fun and easy an anthology can make slipping into and out of "fantasyland" ~ without the long term commitment that a full novel demands. That said, these stories are rich and deep enough to provide true "escapism."
A couple of the longer stories took me back into the Wild West. I still picture in my mind Jake Lasater's "Colts" coming to life in San Francisco's Chinatown in Allen's western, steampunk, fantasy "Lasater's Lucky Left." "American Vampire" by Keith Good is a vampire tale that begins in 1913 "Bandito" times and traverses macabrely back in time and then forward again before concluding in a surrealistic modern age scenario. That one kind of creeps me out in a new and fun way. Good job, I say!
These stories kept me turning the pages with the inventiveness of the gadgetry. Not just the gadgetry itself is fascinating but how the gadgetry makes its place in the stories kept my ever-hungry and easily-bored mind engaged and satiated.
Emotionally, this anthology took me on a roller coaster ride. From the opening story "Iron Angel" by Cayleigh Hickey, which pulled my heart strings, continuing with Aaron Ritchey's horror story, "The Dirges Of Percival Lewand," which made my heart race with the "horror and fear" it triggered deep inside, to the final story in the anthology, Jonathan D. Beer's "Budapest Will Burn," which left me with a sense of longing or lingering, an almost melancholy feeling, "Best Of Penny Dread Tales" provided me with entertainment, escapism, and with lots of fodder for my brain to feed on for awhile.
I recommend it!
My three favorite stories were Aaron Michael Ritchie's twisted take on the Ripper tale, Peter J. Wack's clockwork Muay Thai tale, and - my absolute favorite - Laura Givens' side splitting dinosaur adventure (plus a bonus helping of Tesla...)
There were a few stories that left me cold. David Landrum's China-doll-sexual-warrior stereotype had me skipping ahead, for one.
However, if you are looking for an anthology that is fun to read and spans the gamut of the Boxer Rebellion to the distant apocalyptic future, I definitely recommend this anthology!