Fables and Fantasies

Rated 4.00/5 based on 1 reviews
These five tales are a mix of fear, fun, and fantastic elements. Some of these stories are
humorous, some are scary, some end well, some badly, and some have mixed blessings for
those involved. Kind of like life. Fable and fantasy blend to make a journey into other lands and times and magics. More

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  • Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
  • Words: 18,270
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781465949929
About Dale T. Phillips

The fifth book in the Zack Taylor mystery series is now out: A Sharp Medicine.
I studied writing with Stephen King, and have published over 70 short stories, story collections, poetry, and non-fiction. I've appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film, and co-wrote and acted in a short political satire film. I've also appeared on Jeopardy, losing in a spectacular fashion. I've traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and through Europe.
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Vlad V. reviewed on on Oct. 17, 2012

This is a great collection of stories for just about any fantasy lover.

The first story, Our New Queen, is a reinvention of the classic tale of Snow White, and Phillips gets high marks for originality. I won't spoil it for you.

Blades and Butchery is an amusing tale about Fatbird and the Gay Louser, two unlikely heroes tapped by the king to rescue a princess. This one was fast-paced, and really increased my excitement and reader experience to another level. It's a great little story, and a heck of a lot of fun!

The pace and level of storytelling is maintained in Froggy Went A Courting. Don't let the title fool you; this one delves into the shadows, and I loved it. It's told from the perspective of the mute daughter of a very minor landowner. This landowner wants to marry his oldest daughter off to "Froggy," a royal, in order to secure greater lands and social prominence. But the mute daughter knows that her sister doesn't want to marry "Froggy," she really wants to help, and she's got a few tricks up her sleeves. This might be the strongest story in the collection.

The Little Guy is an excellent re-imagining of an old fairy tale, told from the perspective of the villain. It's got some great little twists in it, and I won't spoil them for you.

The last story is about a young man who finds a witch left out in the cold to die, strapped into a torture device by the king. When he hears her dilemma, he's inclined to rethink his perspectives. This one is a good old-fashioned fable, and true to the genre, it concludes with a dose of morality. It ends the collection on a nice high note.

Overall, I give Phillips 4 out of 5 stars. Phillips reinvents and re-imagines some traditional genre elements, breathing a unique life and new perspectives into each tale. It's a great find for lovers of fantasy.

~Vlad Vaslyn
Author of "Brachman's Underworld" and "Yorick" (pub. date Halloween 2012)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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