Tears of the Ancient and Other Stories

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Travel to new lands and visit old souls in Tears of the Ancient and Other Stories, a collection of short stories filled with demons and dragons*, betrayal and tomfoolery, a whipsmart goblin and a comedic mushroom!

* It's more like an oversized lizard, if we're being honest.
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About Jason R. Koivu

Since I was about 12 I've known I wanted to be a writer, but I've taken a damn long time getting around to it. I received a degree in writing from Fitchburg State in Massachusetts. The major didn't require taking a language, so that was a bonus as I am rubbish with foreign languages...just ask the poor little Japanese waitress who thinks I want to eat her head as a sandwich. Anywhooo, after school I worked briefly in journalism, but fell out of love with it really fast. I tried my hand at script writing in Hollywood...well okay, I was living in North Hollywood which is considered as distant as the Sahara if you're one of those Hollywood fancypants blatherskites (yeah, take that!), but I digress. Around about 1999 I opened up a store selling CDs, vinyl and stuff called Jay's CDs & Stuff. I caught a lot of flak for the name. Apparently it's okay for Linens & Things or Bed, Bath & Beyond or Mailboxes Etc to have such wacky names. I can only imagine what they would've said if I'd gotten my way and the store had been named what I originally wanted: Jay's CDs & Shit. A couple years passed, love came to town and I 'caught that train' back to California where I've been ever since, reading and studying the craft of writing.

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Review by: Susan McDonough-Wachtman on June 24, 2016 :
Koivu has a gift for description and a fun sense of humor. His plots seemed unfinished to me, however.
The first story, like the rest, ended too soon. At first, I thought it was a story about the Captain, but then he became a kind of frame story. I grew to really like Grag who reminded me very much of Terry Pratchett's Detritus. I wanted Grag to succeed in his personal enlightenment, but Grag is just dropped! We return to the Captain, and all the fun drains out of the story and we’re left hanging.
The Last Siren
A cute satirical take on Homeric legend, but a vignette rather than a story.
The Misguided Spear
Somewhat reminiscent of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted. An interesting world, but too much telling and not enough showing. I don’t really care about Desta, because I never feel like I know her.
Mr. John M. Paulson
Another vignette. Some interesting description, but all telling and little show.
Laugh Potion #1
Again, nice descriptions and an interesting situation, The switch in viewpoint from the magician to his assistant is abrupt and confusing at first, and there's another abrupt ending.
Tears of the Ancient
More good description and another abrupt ending. I kept trying to scroll my Nook, thinking there had to be more! I wanted more!
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