Weekend Reads: Some Time Later
This week, I’m going to toot my own horn a little. Or, rather, the horn of the writing group to which I belong. Some Time Later contains two of my stories (“Flowers of London” and “Flowers of Paris”). Fans of my Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes series will be particularly interested in these tales … but I digress.
In all seriousness, it was my honor to work on all three of the books in this series, which benefit local literacy programs.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Disclosure: I have two stories in this anthology. My review refers solely to the rest of the work.
Some Time Later is the final book in a charity anthology series (see also Twelve Hours Later: 24 Tales of Myth and Mystery, Thirty Days Later: Steaming Forward: 30 Adventures in Time) created by the authors who participate in Clockwork Alchemy. A portion of the proceeds, from the inception of the project, have gone to support literacy programs.
In this book, the paired stories start a tale and pick up “some time later” with the events. Not too surprisingly, the standout stories are Harry Turtledove‘s “Three Men and a Vampire” and “Three Men and a Werewolf,” the latter being a paean to a 1970s pop singer that is guaranteed to make you smile. I was raving about that story the same day I read it.
Kudos also to anthology newcomer Richard Lau, for his tales of Johnny Chimes. The story of a robot designed to be a vigilante was surprisingly poignant, particularly in the second story (“The Last Stand of Johnny Chimes”).
The tales range from straight-up steampunk to historical fantasy, and there isn’t a bad one in the lot.