- Paperback: 436 pages
- Publisher: Perseid Press (15 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986414034
- ISBN-13: 978-0986414039
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,575,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
HEROIKA 1: Dragon Eaters: Volume 1 Paperback – 15 May 2015
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About the Author
Chris Morris is a music journalist and disc jockey. He was music editor of the Hollywood Reporter (2004–2007) and senior writer for Billboard (1986–2004). His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, Musician, Mojo, LA Weekly, the Chicago Reader, Variety, and other publications.
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‘Bring Your Rage’ was the first one I really enjoyed, but after that they just got better and better. I absolutely loved ‘The Wyght Wyrm’ where the author, Cas Peace, retells the story of Jorj and the dragon on the Highcliffe overlooking the Isle of Wight. And by this time there was no stopping me. ‘Of Blood and Scales’ by Alexandra Butcher was another one that caught my imagination.
If I had to draw a negative I would say only that these writers possibly lack the stamina of, say, Tolkien who quietly penned masterpieces over a period of years, in no rush it seems to actually publish until he was 100% sure he’d got it right. Or perhaps that’s the impression short stories give. One of a scramble to finish the story in a blitz. But on the positive side this hasn’t disturbed the flow of any stories in this book at all, and I certainly won’t be knocking a Star off my rating for it.
This is a book you can dip in and out of. At times it may seem a little repetitive with plenty of dragon hearts being eaten and shields forged out of dragon scales, but that’s the theme of the book. There is some truly great writing here. My favourite, I would have to say, though, is ‘The Dragon’s Horde’ by Joe Bonadonna, and I may well go searching out more books by this author. If this is just an example of his imagination and skill then it’s clear to me he has a lot more to give. Absolutely terrific!
As the book moves on through various tales it tends to metamorphose from fantasy and myth to modern day and beyond and I found myself trying to second guess the authors as to what part of the world they were basing their tale. There was no trouble with William Hiles’ excellent ‘Red Rain,’ another of my favourites, or Beth W Patterson’s ‘La Bétaille,’ which takes place in the Bayou. But I found myself hypothesizing that Milton Davis’ ‘Wawindaji Joka’ was in Cyprus, although possibly only because of the diet described in the tale.
In ancient China dragons were a token of authority, success, dignity, luck and honour - emperors entitled themselves exclusively as 'Dragon' – but there’s no doubt that the dragons featured in Heroika are from the fire-breathing European tradition of Germanic and Norse myths.
Highly recommended collection of heroika tales
Heroika takes us on a journey through time and through the minds of 17 authors, all of whom have created a story in which the dragon, sometimes an ally, other times a foe, is seen as formidable and mighty.
I did enjoy the anthology and found it showcased the skills of the authors who work with Janet Morris perfectly, offering up bite sized chunks and definitely leaving a desire for more of their works.
Though all were fantastic, with something to appeal to everyone, my personal favourites (though no surprise to anyone who knows me) would have to be SE Lindberg's Legacy of the Great Dragon, which is about Thoth and Poimandres, and Travis Ludvigson’s Night Stalkers, which features Charlemagne and Roland. Both of these stories offer unique twists on well known mythological figures.
Aquila of Oyos by Walter Rhein was refreshing in that it offered the point of view of the Dragon, rather than the humans (which are often just as monstrous, if not more).
I will also add that I enjoyed Red Rain, by Will Hiles, even though tales set in more modern history (last 300 years or so) and futuristic stories are not my usual read.
HEROIKA I allows me to learn about the team of authors and their varied storytelling skills. Each one of them has a biography rich with contradictions, across which imagination may be sparked:
S. E. Lindberg, Two decades of practicing chemistry, combined with a passion for the Sword and Sorcery genre. Jack William Finley has been a cook, an actor, a stunt man, a photographer, built computer hard drives, assembled ball bearings, delivered pizza, stocked shelves, wrapped wire and been a Soldier for the United States Army in Germany. Travis Ludvigson, a Warrior Poet who spent his life reading the histories of both real and imagined worlds, the ideas of ancient philosophers and the sagas of the Norse warriors. Tom Barczak, an Artist, turned Architect, who's finally getting around to finishing those stories he started writing long ago, when he sat on my front porch as a kid. JP Wilder, son of a farmer, a dishwasher, projectionist, paratrooper, Army scout, student, frat guy (of sorts), roofer, plumber (but not a very good one), grad student (twice-cooked), professor (Adjunct really), accountant, husband, executive, author, father. Joe Bonadonna, author of short stories, novels, and screenplays, a former rock and roll guitarist and songwriter from the Golden Age of 1964-1984. Milton John Davis, a chemist who enjoys his passion for writing, M. Harold Page, who wrote an earlier book inspired by a conversation with his son, who asked, “Daddy, how did the Roman Empire fall?” Alexandra Butcher. William Hiles. Walter Rhein, who splits his time between Wisconsin and Peru. Cas Peace, a folks song writer & performer whose first career was as a horse-riding instructor. Beth Waggoner Patterson. Bruce Durham, who writes history, young adult, post-apocalyptic, alt-historical and Lovecraftian horror, in addition to graphic novels.
These tales are about getting even with the beasts that have been overpowering us for so long. Prepare yourself to run wild: enjoy adventure, risk, and the “fetid smell” of dragons in the heat of battle. Meet Zombie dragons, vampire dwarves, elves, and animated skeletons. Awaken to the ways in which fear triggers bravery.
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An excellent anthology of dragon tales in which the dragon does not come off best. All well-written, by excellent authors.Read more