A collection of fantasy short stories.

Publication year: 2014
Format: audiobook
Running time: 7 hours, 24 minute
Narrated by: Jerimy Colbert, Jane Kennedy, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Matthew Buchman, Iretty Y. Patterson, Stephanie Writt, Shaun Yoder
Publisher: WMG Publishing

Once again I like all of the stories, some more, some less but this is still perhaps my least favorites Fiction River collection. I most enjoyed Rusch’s story and ”Sisters”. These aren’t really just urban fantasy but a mix of different styles and settings.

“Life between dreams” by Devon Monk is a story of Wardens who guard the different realities and also put down the humans who are Dreamers. There are horrors between realities which use the Dreamers as portals to the real world.

“The grasshopper and my Aunts” by Esther M. Friesner: the 14-year-old narrator is frustrated with her guardians who are her aunts. The story is quite comedic and several myths are referenced. When the governess throws, by accident, a sowing basket in the small pond, it unleashes terrible powers.

“Here, Kitty Kitty” by Annie Reed: D&D investigations will look for any lost items. This time they’re hired to find a statue for a fairy and things go wrong.

In ”Shadow side” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch the narrator, Dan, is a cop who has had too many brushes with supernatural. He’s trying to escape it with a new job in a small town. He goes to the job interview but realizes that his luck is all bad.

“That lost riddle” by Dean Wesley Smith is a Poker Boy story where the characters think through a problem rather than fighting. Very good for those who know and love the characters.

“Barbarians” by David Farland is a prequel to his Runelords series which I haven’t read. Duvaal’s people are at war with the Mistarrians. Chasing a lost horse, Duvaal has strayed into their lands and stumbles on a wrecked carriage. He wants to just loot it, but he finds a survivor and then a wolf pack comes near.

“Finally family” by Ray Vukcevich. Bugboy can’t tell people that he’s actually an alien. He ended up in Japan, without knowing any Japanese. Kimiko is an American-Japanese woman who has come to live in Japan but she doesn’t know any Japanese, either. She teaches English to Japanese people. Bugboy and Kimiko meet during an earthquake.

In “Sisters” by Leah Cutter the narrator’s younger sister has died and she will do everything she can to make sure that her eight-year-old sister will be remembered and have a happy afterlife.

“Dog Boy Remembers” by Jane Yolen tells the sad tale of Dog Boy whose abusive father is Redcap who just want to train the boy to be useful and doesn’t really care out him, or his mother.

In “True Calling” by Iretty Y. Patterson the narrator, Cat, tries to ensnare her true love with baking.

In “A taste of joie de vivre” by Kellen Knolan the main character, Ashley, is a fat girl in high school. She’s also agreed to be the mascot in an almost suffocating outfit. She’s bullied by the school’s pretty girls. Magic vanished from her small town during her grandmother’s time but now it’s returning.

In “The witch’s house” by Richard Bowes the narrator is taken by telepathic fay. She’s being trained to use her own telepathic gifts. She’s also a former soldier and have troubles with flashbacks to previous violence.