Fantasy & Folly: 31 Stories in May

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
A heroic cowboy made of metal. A lovelorn witch who receives a mysterious tarot card. A hard-boiled office drone on the trail of a lunch thief. A cryptozoologist who risks her life for pseudo-science. An orphan seeking an apprenticeship with a goblin thief… and 26 other tales, in this eclectic collection! More
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About Philip Folk

Born and raised in Maryland, Philip Folk started reading at an impressionable age with Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and tons of classic murder mysteries, from Nero Wolfe to Miss Marple, Sherlock to Brother Cadfael. Now, unsurprisingly, he write fantasies full of mystery. And maybe a bit of murder. No talking lions, yet, but he never rules out a suspect!

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Reviews of Fantasy & Folly: 31 Stories in May by Philip Folk

Anne Wrightwell reviewed on Aug. 4, 2021

I wasn't that taken with the title or the cover, but the idea of someone writing 31 stories in a month, one per day intrigued me. It's an enjoyable collection and although, I thought some stories better than others, which is not surprising in 31, it's well worth a look.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Robert Parker reviewed on July 30, 2021

Philip’s May collection reads like a box of assorted liqueur chocolates. Sweet in the centre and very very moreish. I continually made the mistake of reading the next story before savouring the last. However, unlike chocolates, I get to read them again.
The majority of his stories are either witty, clever, or both. A few are sober and I think these will be appreciated by readers versed in the lore of American fantasy. Several of the stories will test the readers memory. Many have surprising endings.
Philip’s ability to conjure imagery with few words is masterful. My favourite was his description of waiting room music as “aggressively bland”, though the use of a dentistry for a horror scene is probably cheating.
Each story can be read in 15 minutes, but I’d suggest reading them slowly; your patience will be rewarded.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
Liz Tuckwell reviewed on July 27, 2021

I'm very impressed with anyone who can write a story a day for 31 days! This collection was a mixed bag, some of which I liked better than others. My favourites were the mystery ones, The Maltese Bread and The Man Killed by the World, and Tavern Tales and Reversal of the Tavern Tales. I thought a few had clever premises but didn't live up to them. But again, impressed with the quality with being written in a day.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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