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Saturday, May 2, 2015

By Tooth and Claw

This is a collection of short stories. I like novels as opposed to short stories.  If the short story is good you're disappointed that it isn't a novel.  This collection is by four authors I really enjoy.  They produced four stories using the same universe setting and theme.   The authors were S.M. Stirling, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint and Jody Lynn Nye.   I liked Mz. Nye's story the best of the group.

The trouble with a collection of short stories in which the authors have decided on an environment is the disjointed nature of the stories.   Each story is adequate but hardly outstanding as the stories don't really mesh well.   Considering the four authors and how good they are, I found that surprising and disappointing.

The main plot of the story is the conflict between two divers species,  a lizard based species and a feline based species. Simplistically cold blooded versus mammal with characteristics ascribed through stereotype.  The lizards are the bad guys and the mammals are the good guys.   The two groups interaction and their problems are centered around an enormous natural catastrophe.

The stories were ok,  probably my  general dislike of short stories vs novels contributes to my lack of enthusiasm for the book.

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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