An onmyouji mystic is hired to protect a bride on her wedding day and when a kitsune, a fox-woman, begins playing pranks, the mystic must figure out: who is the kitsune?
A well-written who-done-it style story refreshed by the utilization of Japanese folklore. The story quickly pulled me in and left me wanting more. I love that I didn't solve the mystery until reaching the very end of the story!
My only complaint - I wish a glossary was included to make it easier to look up the Japanese terms that were unfamiliar to me.
I will definitely watch for future stories by this author!
A typical zombie plot with graphic violence and some gore - this kept me coming back every time. I wanted to know who would die next. There are a few editorial/organization issues but the action-packed story utilizes Noir-style prose to move scenes along quickly. Mr. Esmont isn't afraid to kill his characters, which allows the plot to be unpredictable. The only expectation I kept was that anyone and everyone would probably die.
I received a free copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for a review.
Immediately, we learn that this book is parts of two other books that have been cut and squished together. The premise of the book -to discuss the evolution of human intelligence- is convoluted within an account of a Disney-like theme ride. I found this to be a frustrating read.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review
I averaged the ratings of each story to come with the collection's rating: 3-stars. Then, I added a star for effort - the stories are complete, well-written, and edited.
I loved a couple of the stories - so much that I stopped reading to look up the authors and wound up snagging a couple other free collections offered by The Eclective.
The downside is that those stories I loved were balanced by stories I didn't care for - not unusual for a collection of short stories. Since this was a freebie, I don't feel like I wasted my time.