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Cutthroats & Curses: An Anthology of Pirates Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 2889 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
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  • Publisher: The Anthology Club (21 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L70OP5I
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A really rousing collection of action packed stories of piracy and adventure aboard the villainous vessels that roamed the skies and seven seas of yesteryear; everything from unicorns with wonky horns stuck on with sticky tape to majestic airborne battles between sky sailing ships and ancient dragons. Anyone expecting little more than the usual Long John Silver stereotypical wooden legs and eye patches will be treated to so much more - yes there are indeed characters among these eleven short stories who possess such attributes, just as you would expect among any self-respecting collection of buccaneering cutthroats, but beyond that there are bar room brawls, brutal battles aboard land and sea and in the skies, tales of treasure maps won in tavern card games, pirate crews who tun out be something quite different from what you’d expect, and several tales with unexpected twist like endings.

This is a collection that slightly older children, and adults who enjoy a healthy does of adventurous escapism will enjoy immensely. Although the central theme is of course piracy, there is more than enough variety of setting and story lines from the different authors to hold the reader’s attention throughout. Many of the stories retained the more traditional elements of the pirate theme as personified by Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe, whilst others took unexpected directions toward sci-fi and fantasy. Strange esoteric names, places, and language are in abundance among these stories, although there were occasional moments when I found the strange and alternate spellings a little distracting at times; the dialogue and descriptive passages are robustly authentic but the stories still retain a wholesome entertainment value reminiscent of the likes of Robert Louise Stevenson.
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I must first say that this is possibly the greatest assortment of pirate stories that you might expect to find anywhere. Buccaneers, cannons, peg-legs and cutlasses are found in scenes with dragons, unicorns, flying pirate ships and bloodthirsty maidens of the seas and skies.
It is extremely difficult as a writer of short stories to read such work without finding myself registering issues as they appear. Try as I did to enjoy each story, it struck me that the majority are too long. Yes, a strange thing to say I’m sure, and it may be a personal failing, but to my way of thinking, we have flash fiction, short stories, novellas and novels. By the nature of their word count and character numbers, these stories do not come under any of those headings, at least in my humble opinion.
To give the editor and the authors due respect, the anthology is not referred to as a collection of short stories, but as ‘an anthology of pirates’, so it is only in the opinion of somebody like me who might expect anything of particular length.
The writing for the most part is of a high standard, so it was easy to overlook the extra quotation marks when they appeared, which sadly was on several occasions. The writer’s voice in some of the tales was outstanding and made me wonder if those particular writers might consider producing an anthology of their own. Two tales that stood out for me were ‘Paroxysm’ by Lisa Shambrook, and ‘Adventures in Foreign Climes’ by Matt Jameson.
If you like more than four or five characters in a tale and you prefer your short stories to be just a little bit longer, then this is the collection for you. There is an abundance of variety, in characters, settings and plots so the tales will take you to faraway places.
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Pirates. Dragons. Unicorns. Comedy. Action.... what more could you possibly want from a collection of short stories?! Well worth reading.
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HASH(0x9af3760c) out of 5 stars Escapist buccaneering villainy and adventure... 28 Sept. 2014
By Mr. P. Ruddock - Published on Amazon.com
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A really rousing collection of action packed stories of piracy and adventure aboard the villainous vessels that roamed the skies and seven seas of yesteryear; everything from unicorns with wonky horns stuck on with sticky tape to majestic airborne battles between sky sailing ships and ancient dragons. Anyone expecting little more than the usual Long John Silver stereotypical wooden legs and eye patches will be treated to so much more - yes there are indeed characters among these eleven short stories who possess such attributes, just as you would expect among any self-respecting collection of buccaneering cutthroats, but beyond that there are bar room brawls, brutal battles aboard land and sea and in the skies, tales of treasure maps won in tavern card games, pirate crews who tun out be something quite different from what you’d expect, and several tales with unexpected twist like endings.

This is a collection that slightly older children, and adults who enjoy a healthy does of adventurous escapism will enjoy immensely. Although the central theme is of course piracy, there is more than enough variety of setting and story lines from the different authors to hold the reader’s attention throughout. Many of the stories retained the more traditional elements of the pirate theme as personified by Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe, whilst others took unexpected directions toward sci-fi and fantasy. Strange esoteric names, places, and language are in abundance among these stories, although there were occasional moments when I found the strange and alternate spellings a little distracting at times; the dialogue and descriptive passages are robustly authentic but the stories still retain a wholesome entertainment value reminiscent of the likes of Robert Louise Stevenson.

It’s always a little difficult commenting on short story anthologies, and even more so when the individual stories are by different authors, but fortunately in this case, the standards of writing and entertainment value were uniformly high. Three stories that particularly stood out for me were: Crow and the Unicorn, by Michael Wombat, Paroxysm, by Lisa Shambrook, and Roaring Dan Seavey.. by Beth Avery.

A good and varied collection of escapist buccaneering villainy and adventure. Very enjoyable...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ad9075c) out of 5 stars a wonderful collection of entertaining stories 4 Sept. 2014
By Michael A Schaffner - Published on Amazon.com
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A delightful book, a wonderful collection of entertaining stories. I especially enjoyed Boyd Miles' "Captain Tea and the Lady in Black."
HASH(0x9ad75bac) out of 5 stars Imaginative angles on an age-old theme 18 Feb. 2015
By Mr. T. Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I must first say that this is possibly the greatest assortment of pirate stories that you might expect to find anywhere. Buccaneers, cannons, peg-legs and cutlasses are found in scenes with dragons, unicorns, flying pirate ships and bloodthirsty maidens of the seas and skies.
It is extremely difficult as a writer of short stories to read such work without finding myself registering issues as they appear. Try as I did to enjoy each story, it struck me that the majority are too long. Yes, a strange thing to say I’m sure, and it may be a personal failing, but to my way of thinking, we have flash fiction, short stories, novellas and novels. By the nature of their word count and character numbers, these stories do not come under any of those headings, at least in my humble opinion.
To give the editor and the authors due respect, the anthology is not referred to as a collection of short stories, but as ‘an anthology of pirates’, so it is only in the opinion of somebody like me who might expect anything of particular length.
The writing for the most part is of a high standard, so it was easy to overlook the extra quotation marks when they appeared, which sadly was on several occasions. The writer’s voice in some of the tales was outstanding and made me wonder if those particular writers might consider producing an anthology of their own. Two tales that stood out for me were ‘Paroxysm’ by Lisa Shambrook, and ‘Adventures in Foreign Climes’ by Matt Jameson.
If you like more than four or five characters in a tale and you prefer your short stories to be just a little bit longer, then this is the collection for you. There is an abundance of variety, in characters, settings and plots so the tales will take you to faraway places.
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