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4.0 out of 5 stars A sensitive telling, 15 Mar 2013
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Ignite (East Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book, which you can read at a sitting, consists of a longer short story, a group of 10 poems and another, shorter story. They all concern the time when the bronze age was coming to an end, and iron came to be the metal of choice. I found the stories nicely told, the first in the style of a legend. It has a sort of oral history feel to it. The second was a more up to date story telling style. The poems were sensitively done and I know I shall return to read these again. If you are drawn to this era of history, or have any archaeological interest, you'll enjoy this little book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but Short, 1 Nov 2013
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This little collection consists of 2 short stories, and a small number of poems.

I would like to say first that the poems were excellent. I don't normally read poetry, but these were very atmospheric and enjoyable! A rare find, in my opinion, and a credit to the author.

As for the short stories- the second one is by far my favourite. It is atmospheric yet incredibly concise- something which many authors don't quite manage. It's a real gem and I highly recommend it.

Now for my only criticism, which is the first short story (after which the collection is named.) I would have liked if this had been longer. It felt like the abridged version of a short novel, as if a lot of the details had been stripped out. That isn't to say that it wasn't good- it definitely was!- just that I felt as if there was stuff missing. It would have been nice to see some slower development in the tale, and get a better, more in-depth feel for the life of the main character and the people around her. I think the various incidents in the tale would have held more emotional weight that way. In a way, I think it would have been nice if this had been a novella rather than a short story, because the tale is a good one, the main character is strong (and nice to see a decent, genuine female lead in a book- they are in short supply), and the end is good too.

Having said that- it is a short story, and it is easy and compelling to read. The descriptive passages are nice and it was easy to imagine the word the characters live in.

I would definitely recommend this title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of Bronze Age Britain and more, 17 Mar 2013
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Chris Graham (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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A very well told tale of Bronze Age Britain, set around a Chieftains daughter who took up arms against the invaders who killed her family and destroyed her village.

The poems included in the book are very deep and beautiful.

The final, very short, story is a tale of greed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales from the past, 16 Mar 2013
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This collection of short stories and poetry by J P Reedman is somethng that should be read by anyone interested in prehistory-the real prehistory,not the unfortunately watered-down version that is so prevalent in so many books.
Reedman has a talent for getting into the mindset of the people she's writing about. Their world is populated by spirits and ghosts of the ancestors. Signs and portents are everywhere. It's a powerful and strange land,and the author successfully makes you share her characters feelings.
The poems,too , are full of imagery. I don't think you'll look at the landscape in the same way again after reading this collection.
Highly recomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good read, 18 Feb 2013
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this is a book that takes a fresh look at a dark time in our history. It take new information and weaves it into a short story
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