Day 65: Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous: Companion
Summary From Amazon:
The light has failed: the era of man is at its end.
Born of darkness, the creatures of myth, legend, and nightmare have long called the shadows home. Now, with the cruel touch of the sun fading into memory, they’ve returned to claim their rightful place amidst humanity: as its masters.
The Fading Light Companion contains 5 bonus stories from CM Saunders, Regan Campbell, Jonathan Pine, Peter Welmerink, & Alex Marshall.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
This companion to the full anthology of the same name features five extra stories, ones that couldn’t be included in the full length novel but were exceptional enough to get Marquitz to create this novella. While the premise behind the companion was good, there are always new ways to show the monsters around us or among us, this companion seems to focus on the more literal of the monstrous. While the first story, Torrential by Regan Campbell, was solid, the rest couldn’t really hold my interest. Roadkill by CM Saunders in particular seemed entirely too invested in creating character depth (even though they never actually came to life as memorable ones, at least to me) and let the “monstrous” play as more of a joke than anything else. I would be willing to give the full length anthology a chance because I think the intent behind it and the direction Marquitz wants to go could work, but this companion didn’t do it for me. Good effort on Campbell’s part as the exception among the five.
Just too much dialogue and not enough oomph for my taste. Thanks as always for reading, come back again tomorrow for Day 66! ^.^
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #65/365