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Hellhound stars a mysterious dog in a graveyard Fire Tales MOBI #224 showdown Fireworm a young man must defend his clan from a creature Sal. 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 me so much I skimmed And to be honest I was so dispirited that after the first few snoozy paragraphs of Salamander Man I skipped straight to the last story in the book McKinley s First Flight which was excellent and had enough story and muscle to make up its own novel had McKinley felt like expanding upon it Her other story Hellhound was one of the best short stories I ve read in a while It gave me goosebumps and the creeps made me cry and made me think about it for hours afterward which is always a good sign McKinley always manages to work dogs or horses into her stories but never in a way that s hackneyed or saccharine I ve decided her writing reminds me a bit of really good frozen vanilla yogurt with sprinkles Comforting nourishing to a degree reminiscent of childhood and always always a good idea

Summary Fire Tales of Elemental Spirits #2

Fire Tales of Elemental Spirits #2

Amander Man a slave saves his village with a fiery spell Phoenix a girl's new friend is older Tales of Elemental Kindle #216 than he appears. 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 and girl weren t as interesting 4 starsHellhoud A true McKinley tale with horses and dogs and other worldly happenstances Sometimes the and the mystical creature helped the girl save the day ending works really well ie The Blue Sword sometimes this time I feel like we really need a few dots to help us see action and wrap thing up 3 starsFireworm Boring Like I fell asleep reading it boring 1 starSalamander Man Great start but ran out of steam I would have liked to see with the salamanders or the boy slave There really wasn t any explanation on why that particular boy was chosen 2 starsFirst Flight McKinley at her finest This was the longest story in the compilation and the most interesting Supporting characters are sufficiently interestinghumanuirky to keep my attention and the dog creature is of course endearing There is some rambling which is McKinley s writing style but it works well even in the short story format I feel like this tale may have birthed the idea for Dragonhaven or perhaps they are connected in some way they could definitely be cousins Reading them back to back like I did this time around made me wish again that Dragonhaven had some extra editing or something because First Flight shows us just how amazing McKinley is with world building in magical realms 5 stars

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Tales set from prehistoric to present market of Elemental Epub #219 to dragon academy First Flight a boy and pet unexpectedly ride a dragon. 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


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 libr

  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 Dickinson was one of the best short stories I've ever read Roughly fifty pages long and I laughed and smiled and finished up in happy tears and with goosebumps over my arms The next story HELLHOUND by Robin McKinley also gave me goosebumps and was what I would call classic McKinley Just an all around gr

  3. says:

    Another of the elemental series by two vastly different yet conveniently married authors It's hard to look at the together

  4. says:

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

  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 rem

  6. says:

    SynopsisA collection of short stories based around the magical element of Fire A companion novel to Water Tales of Elemental SpiritsReviewI should start with the fact that I fell in love with Robin McKinley's writi

  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 McKinle

  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 and girl weren't as interesting 4 starsHellhoud A true McKinley tale with horses and dogs and other worldly happenstances Sometimes the and the mystical creature helped the girl save the day ending work

  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 felt polished to me; although McKinley is one of my very favorite authors I feel her recent efforts exhibit overuse of parenthesesasidesetc to the point of distracting me from the storyA ver

  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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