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Emily is a writer of erotic romance, dark fantasy and gay fiction. She is also an illustrator, crafter, blogger, poet, reviewer, adventuress and general purpose smart ass.
on April 19, 2011 :
I disagree with Ann. Yes there were errors, but not nearly as many as she claims. I loved the stories, although the last one could have been long and a little more conclusive. All in all I found it worth while.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Feb. 08, 2011 :
Emily Veinglory is one of the most imaginative and elegant writers in the m/m genre, and would give some of the literary greats a run for their money in the stylistic stakes. Purely from the story-telling/emotional point of view, these stories are masterpieces. The amount of world-building and intensity she packs into even the briefest of these stories is simply staggering. Though there is a certain sameness to the themes - lovers (often of perceived disparate attractiveness) brought together yet separated by curses or cruel circumstance, managing to find the loophole which will let them be united, even if almost too late, or in an incomplete manner, are the dominant trope - there is nothing remotely similair about the worlds, or the relationships. Elves, vampires, princes, interplanetary soldiers, seilkies, pirates, bankrobbers, and lawmen populate these 12 stories, and their lives are laid before us in all their painful, limited splendour. Veinglory knows how to give us all the background without ever infodumping, using a spare but masterful prose to build rich miniatures and compelling interactions. If I had to single out one story - and it's difficult to do - I would choose "Bisclavaret" as a perfect example of her craft.
So why haven't I given this a five star rating? I wondered what to do, honestly, but in the end, I had to downrate this as a total experience because the line editing is thorougly horrible, and the formatting inferior. I read this partly on an iPod and I kid you not, for many stories there were two to three errors per iPod screen (which is only about twenty lines or so). Missing, mispelling or misselected words, mistaken character names were too common to ignore. A handful of errors could be overlooked, but not this number. These simply haven't been edited, and given the beauty of the prose, it's like throwing mud on a Monet. Equally, the author (for this is self-published and so she must take the blame) hasn't made sure the word is properly formatted in .epub, so the style changes from paragraph to paragraph, hyphenation is crap, and there is no table of contents, let alone hyperlinks to and back to it from the titles, as is now the style requested by Smashwords. It made it very difficult to navigate and generally a less than pleasing experience on my chosen ereader.
If you want my rating of the stories ignoring these issues, it would have to be 10 stars. But even for the low price of $2.99, it's not good enough to present customers with unedited work. Perhaps the author will revise and reissue, and thus introduce new readers to her decidedly superior writing.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)