Hank Quense’s Mini Collection contains three short stories. Saving the Shore is about a mayor who contacts an old wizard, a dwarf, and an elf for help when the yuks threaten to change his beloved town, in Lord of the Rings fashion. Lucy in Love is about Lucretia Borgia and her father, Pope Alexander VI, whom hell sends back to earth to run a loan office where late payments result in loss of eternal soul. Sponsored by... is about Captain Dave Stiller and how he attempts to survive in a world where advertising and marketing have been merged with military.
I really enjoyed Mini Collection. Saving the Shore was a funny version of Lord of the Rings with strange, but interesting, characters, and creative magic. I liked the Shore’s comparison to a shrub, and the ending wasn’t what I had been expecting. Lucy in Love was pretty good, and even though I didn’t enjoy the depiction of Heaven and Hell I was able to enjoy Lucy’s struggle to overcome her sexist father to head the loan business and earn more time on Earth with her new love interest. Sponsored By... was my favorite story of the three. It’s an excellent story. The future world in this story was very creative. I laughed at descriptions of Budweiser logos on army tanks, commercials on their radios, and and boysenberry and coconut-kumquat flavored sports drinks provided in their canteens. Although I was fully entertained by this story, I was a little uneasy because of how easily some of these events, bombing illegals, considering debt a crime, could happen. Perhaps I’m just paranoid. Overall, Mini Collection was a great read.
The Tribe by McCarty Griffin was a cute read about a tribe of cats and a family’s efforts to help them. When I first started to read this book I thought it would be similar to the Warrior series by Erin Hunter, but it wasn’t. It was more a heartwarming tale of how a group of poor stray cats learned to accept and even appreciate help from a young woman, her husband, and her parents than about cat warriors’ quest to survive on their own.
I enjoyed the characters the most. Both the feline and human characters were real and utterly loveable! Every character had a defined personality, and I liked reading about them. The cats’ fear and wariness about the new humans was understandable, and Susan’s compassion for every cat she saw touched my heart. The cat’s gradual tolerance toward eating her food and putting up with her everyday activities was really believable, as was their reactions to the new things she did. I was satisfied with the story and the ending.
I recommend The Tribe as a good summer read. I was given a copy of this eBook by the author for my honest opinion.