Saturday, August 2, 2014

Book Review: The Seed & Other Fairy Tales by Joseph Hillenbrand

The Seed & Other Fairy Tales
By Joseph Hillenbrand
Genre: Short Stories, Fiction, Fairy Tales

How do you measure yourself? By family, friends, enemies? By what you fight for? Or what you fight against?

Follow the tales of those struggling to find an identity of their own. A little girl with a ghost as a best friend. A woman who hates wishes. A man lost in the secret kingdom of frog people. A girl at war with her god. And a pair of soldiers on a deadly mission of peace.
The seeds have been sown. The storm is coming. Who will grow and who will drown?

My Review

The Seed & Other Fairy Tales is a short story collection with the common link of darkness and fantasy. Included are lovely illustrations at the beginning of each story, which I found added nicely to the fairy tale vibe of the collection.

Some stories are heavier than others, but I did enjoy the very brief tale, Unwished. While short, it was packed with black comedy – something I appreciate. My two favorite short stories were The Seed & Calimire. I feel like those two really shined for me because they remained with the flow of traditional fairy tales while having some mystery and the ultimate twist. Plus, they were both heavy text.

If dark fantasy is your thing then check out this collection. I am sure you'll find the stories appealing and entertaining! 

Author Bio

I was born, raised and still live in the outskirts of Chicago. Every few years a move a little further west. Slowly inching my way to California. I love the big sky, the vast plains, the harvest moons of the Midwest.

I grew up reading comic books and playing G.I. Joe. Watching wrestling and listening to Led Zeppelin. I drew, I wrote, I strummed. I learned Stone Temple Pilots and I read Beckett. I grew and I withered.

I have spent the majority of my time in software - from support to development to management. And with my first book out now, I'm trying to get back to my roots: telling stories.

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