Today I welcome TLC Book Tours back to The Book Binder’s Daughter with an eclectic collection of short stories. Please read my review, learn a little about the author and look at the other stops on the tour.
This book of stories is an interesting blend of different tales in varying lengths. They include aspects of fantasy, humor and there is even a tragedy with five acts in the collection. When I review short stories I usually try to find a common theme that runs throughout the stories. But each story in this collection fits into a different genre, so instead I am going to comment on a couple of my favorite stories.
In “After The Empire”, the setting makes me feel like I am back in Ancient Greece with warriors and fallen cities. But then the soldier in the story mentions using a saddle, so it is clear that the author is creating this fantasy world that exists in no particular time period. The soldier has come back from war alone and finds the city for which he was fighting completely devastated. He remembers when the city was robust and healthy and something worth fighting for. But now it is a desolate place and the soldier clings to the notion that one day he and his city will be restored to their former glory.
In the story entitled “Creep”, a young boy wakes up in the middle of the night and is thirsty. But he has to work up the nerve to get out of be for fear of the monsters that are lurking in the dark. The boy has to be careful where he steps and his ritual to reach the safety of the bathroom is amusing. Who among us has not been afraid of the monsters under our bed?
PRISM is a delightful selection of stories and there is a story that every reader will find that he or she likes and can connect with.
About The Author:
I’ve been writing since my early teens, first as a hobby, but as the years passed, more as a serious creative pursuit. I’m an avid reader, with my main interests residing in history, mythology, and literary classics, along with some fantasy and science fiction in my earlier years.
By nature I have a do-it-yourself type of personality, and my creative inclinations started with art and evolved to the written word.
Since making the decision to pursue a career as an author, I’ve secured publication for a number of short stories, received a nomination for inclusion in the Pushcart Anthology, built my own website, and in November 2010 realized publication for an anthology of three novellas, titled Remnant, from All Things That Matter Press, followed in 2012 by my second anthology, Oddities & Entities, also from All Things That Matter Press. Both books have gone on to receive a number of national awards, including National Indie Excellence Awards, Readers Favorite Book of the Year Awards, USA Book News Best Book Awards, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, Feathered Quill Book Awards, and Pacific Book Review Book Awards. As an author, I was named among the ’50 Great Writers You Should be Reading’ of 2013.
Visit his website: www.rolandallnach.com
Other Stops on the Prism Tour:
Monday, October 20th: The Reader’s Hollow
Tuesday, October 21st: Becca Rowan
Thursday, October 23rd: Spiced Latte Reads
Monday, October 27th: BoundbyWords
Tuesday, October 28th: Necromancy Never Pays
Wednesday, October 29th: Rooftop Reading
Thursday, October 30th: A Bookish Way of Life
Monday, November 3rd: Rockin’ Book Reviews
Tuesday, November 4th: Ageless Pages Reviews
Wednesday, November 5th: Dwell in Possibility
Thursday, November 6th: Great Minds Read Alike
Monday, November 10th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Tuesday, November 11th: Book Binder’s Daughter
Wednesday, November 12th: The Discerning Reader
Friday, November 14th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Thursday, November 20th: Kahakai Kitchen
Thursday, November 20th: She Treads Softly