Top positive review
Come for the Pirates, Stay for the Storytelling
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2019
There may well be no limit to how many ways stories can be told about pirates, but Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) does an outstanding job of presenting writers whose work is diverse, engrossing, sometimes downright startling, and well worth reading whether or not you have a thing for swashbuckling outlaws on ships. I enjoyed every one. You can tell from the title that some of those ships travel through space rather than seas, which makes perfect sense, since wherever there is treasure and adventure to be found, there will be pirates determined to find it.
There are settings ranging from more or less the world we know, to imagined realms, like the living, wandering sea creatures that are Ginn Hale’s “Treasured Islands,” and the wildly imaginative seas roamed by a ship crewed by a heroic rodent crew in A.J. Fitzwater’s “Search for the Heart of the Ocean.” There are long-past times like the post-Trojan War Greece of Megan Arkenberg’s “Andromache’s War,” all the way to the far-future space age, with in between a New York of a possibly all too soon world in “After the Deluge” by Peter Golubock. There are characters of many ages, cultures, and genders with well-drawn personalities, and fierce battles along with humor, tenderness, and sacrifice.
I usually advise reading anthologies one story at a time with time in between to savor one before starting another. I seldom take my own advice when a book sweeps me along like this one. But that’s okay, because this is a book I’ll read again, and maybe even take my time.