on June 12, 2011
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.