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Tales of Erana: Myths and Legends Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 22 minutes|
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|Audible.co.uk Release Date||27 June 2014|
|Publisher||A. L. Butcher|
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320,690 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals)
463 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories
1,366 in Science Fiction Anthologies & Short Stories
4,386 in Fantasy Romance (Audible Audiobooks & Originals)
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Regrettably, due to my very busy schedule, I have little time for reading. Consequently I chose to read this short story collection; it may have taken me weeks to get through a full length story.
These tales are generally well written. There are times when, from the descriptions, it is easy to imagine the scenes and characters. Remember many of the characters are created from fantasy and not human in the sense we usually understand. I did get a little lost at times in one or two of the tales but I think this may be due to the genre not being one I am into. I should mention I usually restrict my reading and reviews to biography, autobiography and memoir with the occasional rare exception.
These tales often have moral undertones and some definitely have clear realistic observances of the human condition though related in fantasy circumstances. Some are ‘feel good’ whereas others are dark and troubled. I must say I thought the mixture in this collection was well achieved. If you are into fantasy then I think this may well be a book for you. Also by virtue of being short, and a collection at that, it would suit anyone looking for lunch time, commute or respite from daily chores reads.
Having discovered this is not a genre for me the allocation of an appropriate rating has proved difficult. Nevertheless, it definitely would not be below three. In the end I decided it only fair to combine my comments and observations with those made by other readers. Consequently I am happy to allocate a rating of four stars (4 ****).
In view of what I have said above you may wonder why I have even bothered reading this book, let alone review it. Well, the author very kindly, and freely, interviewed me as a fellow author. I really appreciated this and, as I do not like to take people for granted, and where possible like to give something back, I decided to read one of her books. I must emphasise this was not a condition for, or expected, in relation to my interview. She was more than happy to post my interview with no further involvement from me. As I said I appreciated this and did not want to take her kindness for granted.
Alexandra Butcher regularly interviews fellow authors as well as story characters. I would recommend her blog to you as a means of learning from fellow authors and for learning more about how story characters are developed.
Here are a couple of links you may like to follow:
Me being interviewed by Alexandra:
It has a lovely style of writing and several short, compelling tales most of which were a story within a story.
I would love to see a trilogy that tells the story of the land that these tales came from.
This book is exactly as billed in the title: a group of short myths and legends. It is a cool book.
What is so cool about it, you ask? Well, let me add a little color to the statement:
1. Each story is written differently, some in very different styles and feels, which demonstrates this author's incredible versatility.
2. There are very personal stories, and stories that are written with an almost biblical/mythical distance, which is both full of deep emotional meaning and cold, hard lessons of truth.
3. There are myth stories spoken in reverent voices that you might hear from a village wise-person or elder. They were distant and magical and personal.
4. In all cases the author's voice is lyrical and emotionally demanding.
5. There were strong female characters that aren't merely love-forlorn suckers - again, cool.
6. I have never seen Trolls portrayed this way (I'll leave it at that).
7. I could go on but I shall not--I am sure you get the point.
This is a short book, and very easy to read. You will be done before you know it, and wishing you weren't. For what it is--a book of Myths and Legends--I am awarding it 5-stars. I am looking forward to reading the novels!
If the author's intent was to tease me with this book, it worked. I have been lured into the world and I want more.