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Kia Kaha Press
on Dec. 18, 2011 :
This is modern fantasy at its best -- gritty, hard-boiled and unflinching. You want pathos? Check. Moral intrigue? Check. Scintillating action? Check.
'Goodbye, Goddess' works on so many levels, and every time I thought that I had something figured out, the author surprised me with a sucker punch. And another. And another. Teintze doesn't just deconstruct cliches here. She downright demolishes them with narratives that are both strong and pacey.
The archetypes here may be classic, but her approach to them is completely edgy. In her world, a dragon isn't just a dragon, and magic isn't just magic. They are dramatic springboards that propel the reader into the depths of psychological conflict. Where what's simmering and festering beneath the surface is as exciting as what's happening above. There's real stakes here; real emotional power.
So do give 'Goodbye, Goddess' crack. You'll be glad you did.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 16, 2011 :
A beautiful and well-written collection of high fantasy short stories. Something I would not hesitate to recommend to my friends.
I loved how even though the stories were self-contained, the world described in them seemed to be larger than it appeared and while the stories had a small element of "sensawunda" they really focused on the characters more than the fantastic.
One of my favourite stories in this collection was about a rogue mage who is reluctantly asked by some villagers to investigate a recent murder. It's at once a fantasy story, a Western story, a whodunnit, rolled into one and even has a big showdown in the end. Brilliant!
My other favourite story is about a village idiot who is asked to slay a dragon. The story is simple, but the loving care in which it is written and the humourous but logical way in which the dragon is ultimately vanquished makes this one memorable.
That's not to say the other stories in the collection aren't any good. Far from it! They are all excellent and wonderful reads and you owe yourself to check them out, especially when the ebook can be had for a very cheap price on Amazon or Smashwords.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Aug. 07, 2011 :
Teintze has a way with words that make you forget you're reading; you live the stories instead. Beautiful stories, especially 'Goodbye, Goddess', 'Hunter's Daughter' and 'Moon and Bone'.
A definite recommended read, and I hope there will me more stories to come.
(reviewed the day of purchase)