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on May 22, 2013 :
I've already got a weakness/fondness for feral women, so this was practically guaranteed to be at the top of my new list of favorites. Referred to it by a friend, I dropped it on my Kindle and ended up devouring the whole thing in a single sitting.
The bite-sized stories range from modern to mythical, and even in the slight missteps -- "Waves" reads somewhat lopsided, almost unfinished, more an introduction than a story, and probably would make more sense labeled as an introduction rather than a stand-alone piece -- the thread that ties them all together is the delicious use of language. I found myself several times stopping to go back and read a particular phrase again, sometimes aloud, because where the author particularly excels is in putting together words in a way that resonate, that want to be said aloud.
Definitely a must-buy, and will remain one of my go-to bad-day re-reads. Who isn't cheered by wild women?
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
James L. Wilber
on May 17, 2013 :
A book of stories by the author of Deliria and Mage: The Ascension was high on my list of books to read, and I was not disappointed.
Wyldsight contains one prose-poem and five short stories that will delight anyone who loves fairy tales. The author has a real knack for conveying the kind of otherworldliness that makes mythological tales special. It’s almost like being in the author’s dreams.
The story I enjoyed the most was Elynne Dragonchild. Admittedly, because it was a new take on one of my favorite themes, the feral child. Ever since reading Kipling and finding case studies of children raised by animals, this subject has always captured my imagination. Mr. Brucato does an excellent job transporting it to a fantasy setting.
I also particularly enjoyed the Author’s Notes at the end. The process of writing fascinates me, and you can see through his words how the stories in this book show his development as a writer.
If you have a mystical bent, you will not be disappointed by Wyldsight.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)