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Ure4 Salamander Man a slave saves his village with a fiery spell 5 Phoenix a girl's new friend is older than he appea. It is unfortunate that Peter Dickinson the one who isn t Robin McKinley contributed three of the book s five stories because the disparity between his stories and McKinley s is very obvious The contributions from the one who isn t Robin McKinley were disjointed lacking in action or characterisation and generally a waste of approximately half the book Reading his pieces particularly Fireworm felt like a real chore Before I reached the halfway point of this anthology I was unsurprised to find myself counting pages until the stories by the one who isn t Robin McKinley would be finished and I could get back to stories that were actually well written and followed interesting plotsMcKinley s two stories are fresh pieces that have not appeared in other anthologies to my knowledge and although they are not representative of her best work as the first one in particular feels somewhat rushed they are loads better than Dragonhaven Reading them I found myself actually caring about the characters and the plots and trying to guess what would come next and not just because the one story has horses and the other dragonsHad the stories not been ordered in such a way that one was forced to trudge through the stories from the one who isn t Robin McKinley in order to get to McKinley s pieces I could have finished the book much uickly I would advise people who feel my compulsion to read the entire book from introduction to end notes to avoid this book as they will be made to suffer for three fifths of the stories and unable to bring themselves to skip them even though I assure you there are no hidden gems or even particularly pleasing phrases contained therein The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase is older than he appea. It The Tunnel is unfortunate that Peter Dickinson the one who Secretos del Cosmos isn t Robin McKinley contributed three of the book s five stories because the disparity between his stories and McKinley s The Secret Treasons is very obvious The contributions from the one who مريض الوهم isn t Robin McKinley were disjointed lacking The Hypochondriacs Guide To Life And Death in action or characterisation and generally a waste of approximately half the book Reading his pieces particularly Fireworm felt like a real chore Before I reached the halfway point of this anthology I was unsurprised to find myself counting pages until the stories by the one who ¡Arde Troya! (Las aventuras de Ogú, Mampato y Rena, isn t Robin McKinley would be finished and I could get back to stories that were actually well written and followed Doctor y campeón interesting plotsMcKinley s two stories are fresh pieces that have not appeared La corruptrice in other anthologies to my knowledge and although they are not representative of her best work as the first one Sweet for Her (Sweet Curves in particular feels somewhat rushed they are loads better than Dragonhaven Reading them I found myself actually caring about the characters and the plots and trying to guess what would come next and not just because the one story has horses and the other dragonsHad the stories not been ordered The Purpose-Guided Universe in such a way that one was forced to trudge through the stories from the one who The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion isn t Robin McKinley The Academy in order to get to McKinley s pieces I could have finished the book much uickly I would advise people who feel my compulsion to read the entire book from Full Dark, No Stars introduction to end notes to avoid this book as they will be made to suffer for three fifths of the stories and unable to bring themselves to skip them even though I assure you there are no hidden gems or even particularly pleasing phrases contained therein

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Fire Tales of Elemental Spirits #2

5 tales set from prehistoric to present market to dragon academy 1 First Flight a boy and pet unexpectedly ride a dra. Another of the elemental series by two vastly different yet conveniently married authors It s hard to look at the together so we ll look at them separatelyDickinson is as always an exuisite writer whose language has a real poetry and whose stories always feel like spiderwebs intricately spun and slighty insubstantial The experience of reading them is a fascinating one and the distance that Dickinson somehow creates between reader and story always makes me feel like I m peering through a microscope or binoculars in order to glimpse something so impossibly different something only accessible through the poetry of his language Which is lovely and lends itself to a range of styles but is sometimes rather coldMcKinley I should note is the exact opposite She doesn t give the pinhole view into her characters heads she lifts you up and dumps you bodily into their mind their worldview and their lies If Dickinson reminds me of gossamer McKinley reminds me of steel cables Once you re in that story you are IN it I once commented that McKinely has many characters but only one real style fortunately it s an excellent style and it provokes an almost visceral reaction to the characters in meI enjoyed both sets of stories but McKinley has been one of my favorite authors since I was about eight years old so I will concede that I loved hers But I recommend both writers unreservedly though very different they both are excellent examples of how to tell a storyDid I mention that the stories themselves were some of the most fascinating and innovative I ve read in fantasy in a long time First Flight in particular struck me because it was the first time I d seen anyone do something new with the humans flying dragons thingit didn t feel like a rehash of Pern even though it shared so many of the same elements That s the mark of a good author innovation in old ideas and if you like it you have to look at what she can do with fairy tales

review Fire Tales of Elemental Spirits #2

Gon2 Hellhound stars a mysterious dog in a graveyard showdown3 Fireworm a young man must defend his clan from a creat. This is the follow up to McKinley s and Dickinson s first collaborative collection Water Tales of Elemental Spirits which I need to read I haven t read many of their longer works Beauty by McKinley and Eva by Dickinson are the only ones though many of McKinley s are on my gee why haven t you read this yet list I had a fresh mind when I read this is what I m saying no expectationsDickinson s three stories Phoenix Fireworm and Salamander Man are written with a storyteller s rhythm giving them the feel of legends The word old fashioned keeps coming to mind but it isn t really the right one maybe timeless is better because it doesn t have the negative connotations As a nice contrast McKinley s stories Hellhound and First Flight are modern and humorous they don t feel weighty like Dickinson s but they re not frivolous Hellhound takes place in the present day so a modern sounding narrator makes sense but even the narrator in the pure fantasy story First Flight has a every day contemporary voice I think this is why I liked McKinley s stories so much better then Dickinson s even though all the stories are well written it s all about tone Phoenix is about the mythical Egyptian bird god of legend and how it survived and found new believers in a snowy wooded conservation area The narrator a boy named Dave tells the story to young Ellie when she visits the woods about how he found the god in a fire at the age of 100 and after rescuing it has been living backward ever since It s an interesting concept but I got bored reading the story there s no action and the story is mostly internal reflection as the boy recounts his past with nostalgia and a kind of bittersweet acceptance of the passage of time I liked Fireworm and Salamandar Man better In Fireworm Tandin finally finds his place in his primitive community when he learns he has the power to destroy his people s ancient enemy the fireworm but in the process he comes to identify with the fireworm then with the humans he lives with Killing the fireworm in this context is tragedy then triumph This notion of looking outside ourselves to recognize commonalities in an alien species to empathize is what made this story my favorite It s a hero fantasy with a hero who realizes that seen another way he s also a villain In Salamander Man the slave boy Tib also finds his destiny to become the giant Salamander Man long enough to free 27 salamanders from corrupt magicians who are using them for their power In doing this he essentially strips the entire town of magic Even though I just said I liked this story better then Phoenix I don t remember it well Just that it was kind of strange but very well writtenI really did like McKinley s stories a lot In Hellhound Miri who lives on a farm and works primarily with horses adopts an unusual dog from the pound with burning red eyes She names him Flame and he proves to be much smarter than the average dog Freakishly so Others are wary around this creature but Miri trusts him and he proves to be a blessing when her brother falls prey to an evil spirit residing in the nearby graveyard Miri is instantly likable in her comfortable relationship with her family her love for animals and her willingness to look beyond Flame s frightening appearanceMcKinley s stand out concluding novella First Flight follows Ern a humble boy who wishes secretly to be a healer despite the fact that healers are basically shunned as the lowest of the low in society no one admits to going to a healer when ill or injured because no one is supposed to admit to being ill or injured a nice change to the way healers are usually portrayed Ern has an uncanny skill with herb medicine but he s spent so much of his life playing down his abilities that he can t recognize the large amount of good he does for everyone around him Ern s brother Dag is going to Dragon Academy to be a dragon rider but the dragon he s paired with is injured and unable to make the First Flight when the new rider and the dragon enter Firespace together for the first time Despite the fact that everyone knows his dragon can t do it Dag will be forced to try and fail in front of everyone Ern accompanies him to Dragon Academy as moral support bringing along his strange pet foogit who has a large hilarious role to play in this story but in his unassuming nigh invisible way he manages to do something everyone thought was impossible This story is one of the best I ve read and is worth the price of the book alone Ern s witty understated sense of humor and keen observations make his narrative a joy to read and he s about as large hearted a character as one could find I would like her to continue this story


10 thoughts on “Fire Tales of Elemental Spirits #2

  1. says:

    The short version is I liked the McKinley stories best and I'm afraid it shows off my favoritism I borrowed this book from the library and was so impatient to begin reading it that I only made it as far as the relative privacy of my parked car before opening it up and plunging inI started with the first McKinley story of courseHellhound — a horsey tale; and fabulous If McKinley has a single curse it is in writing works that ma

  2. says:

    This collection would get 5 stars and a permanent place on the favorites shelf just for the first story alone PHOENIX by Peter Dickin

  3. says:

    Another of the elemental series by two vastly different yet conveniently married authors It's hard to look at the together so we'll look at them separatelyDickinson is as always an exuisite writer whose language has a real poetry and whose stories always feel like spiderwebs intricately spun and slighty insubstantial The experienc

  4. says:

    This is the follow up to McKinley’s and Dickinson’s first collaborative collection Water Tales of Elemental Spirits whi

  5. says:

    I don't remember Water having such a marked contrast between the Peter Dickinson and Robin McKinley stories In fact I don't even remember noticing which stories belonged to which author But in this book I sure noticed The first Dickinson story Phoenix was wonderful Very well told and absorbing However the next Dickinson story Fireworm bored m

  6. says:

    SynopsisA collection of short stories based around the magical element of Fire A companion novel to Water Tales of Elemental SpiritsReviewI sho

  7. says:

    It is unfortunate that Peter Dickinson the one who isn't Robin McKinley contributed three of the book's five stories because the disparity between his stories and McKinley's is very obvious The contributions from the one who isn't Robin McKinley were disjointed lacking in action or characterisation and generally a waste of

  8. says:

    Phoenix This was a really interesting tale and a fun twist on various mythological stories I liked the old man as a character but the woman an

  9. says:

    This collects two stories by Robin McKinley and three by Peter Dickinson Robin's are longer so there is balance Dickinson's stories

  10. says:

    Like all collections of short stories I liked some better than others But all the stories in this book were well written and enjoyable heartwarming and fun There wasn't one that I disliked which is saying a lotThe last story was by far my favorite

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