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Stories in Rogues – “A Cargo of Ivories” by Garth Nix

So I made a huge mistake and allowed a long time to elapse before writing some of these review snippets. Oops! However, maybe it will be a service to you, because if the story was memorable, then I should be able to do you a nice job–even now. This story, “A Cargo of Ivories”. I tried, guys. I really did, but it was rough. I have a tough time with really whacky fantasy gimmicks and the two main characters were just odd …

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Finished reading R. R. Martin’s “A Feast for Crows” …

… and I suppose first I need to tell a tiny story, you know, so you understand why I just now finished this book. I remember exactly where I was when I saw HBO’s first trailer for Game of Thrones. Sitting on the couch, watching something bullshit (Maybe season 1 of True Blood, before it became utterly unbearable?). I don’t remember exactly, but I do remember thinking: holy fuck, what the fuck is this? Sean Bean, castles, epic fantasy, all produced by a major premium network? Sign. Me. Up!

Not long into the first season–when I realized I was watching an instant classic–I learned it was based an ongoing book series written by the American, modern-day Tolkien (i.e., George R. R. Martin, of course). I thought, hmm, maybe I should break out of my phase of binge-reading historic non-fiction and give this series a shot. And that’s when I realized I was going to try something new, something unheard of!

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Stories in Rogues – “Ill Seen in Tyre” by Steven Saylor

This charming little piece of historical fiction is shorter than many of the other stories–or at least it felt that way, which is a good thing–and doesn’t quite fit the traditional “rogue” mold as it’s brother and sister stories in this anthology. It’s about a teen and his apprentice, at some point in the distant past. They’re traveling around, visiting the ancient wonders of the world … but they stop in Tyr for a pet-project. How do you think it goes?

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Stories in Rogues – “A Better Way to Die” by Paul Cornell

The intro of accolades for Paul Cornell was jaw-dropping. I remember thinking, “holy shit, this guy has got some serious writing chops!” Then I learned it’d be a little story about a famous spy character he’d been writing about for a long time. It was billed as strange, fast-paced, where he’d be pitted against a foe as cunning as he. But did the story deliver?

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Stories in Rogues – “The Meaning of Love” by Daniel Abraham

The Meaning of Love is a sappy title, and one you have to immediately presume is sarcastic in an anthology like this one. I won’t spoil how this presumption plays out though, you may have to find out for yourself, because I do recommend reading this little story about a sprawling town run only by its lawlessness and brutality, a pathetic little prince and his gilded sword, and the badass-bitch rogue wearing pink goggles set on helping him out.

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Stories in Rogues – “Heavy Metal” by Cherie Priest

An unusually large protagonist, a small town, and bizarre reports of recent deaths. I wasn’t sure what to expect, what setting it would be, or if I was about to read a mystery, action, thriller, or what. Turns out it’s a modern fantasy about a monster hunter. Cool! Let’s find out if it was any good.  Read the rest of this post …

Stories in Rogues – “Bad Brass” by Bradley Denton

I think I’m starting to find that I enjoy stories set in the modern world more than I thought. I guess maybe I just haven’t read that much in that setting–that setting, or, our setting? Hmm. I don’t know. Either way, I’m off topic. Would you believe me if I said that Denton is able to make a story about a back-woods High School substitute teacher, some band geeks, their instruments, and an estranged Mexican banda player immersive and engrossing? Read the rest of this post …

Stories in Rogues – “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane” by Scott Lynch

High fantasy, feuding wizards, and the classic why-did-I-drink-so-much plot device, and you’ve got the recipe for “A Year and a Day.” I don’t read a ton of high fantasy, so I was interested to see how this would go.  Read the rest of this post …

Stories in Rogues – “The Roaring Twenties” by Carrie Vaughn

The roaring twenties setting, a speakeasy, some magic, two brooding female leads, werewolves, and Federal officers. Hmm. Okay, let’s go. But then the narrator started talking and–*shudders*–yeah, it’s not good. Soft spoken, weird accent, and not enough character in the voices makes this story a tough “read.” But I finished it and was pretty disappointed.

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Stories in Rogues – “Provenance” by David W. Ball

I enjoyed David W. Ball’s introduction more than I did this story. I got the impression that this story was going to be rich with details, maybe in a historical-narrative style, and thoroughly researched. Indeed, this tale about an old art dealer is exactly all of those things.  Read the rest of this post …