A wonderful collections of short stories about, what else, beasts. Magical beasts, fairy tale beasts, mytholocial beasts, made-up pretend beasts. Includes stories by t.H.White, Tanith, Lee, Gene Wolff, Jane Yolen, and Ursula K. Le Guin. When you only want a little bit of fantasy, not a whole book's worth.
I loved this book. The Countess is a wonderful character, an upbeat, offbeat, down to earth type of woman who has been around the block, around the world but still believes in hope, love, and happy endings. I wish D. Gilman could do a zillion more with this character in them.
Based on the TV show from a few years ago, this is a good read. Not "literature" by any means but it holds your attention. Good story line a lot of those old Greek gods thrown in. The empty throne is the throne of Ulysses/Odesseyus, gone to the Trojan war. Humorous and funny. I enjoyed it.
Overall I liked this book. It has a good plot. The author could have done a little bit better on her characters but it is a good read. Has a lot of WW II details about the "home front" and a real 1940's "feel" to it that makes it different from other cozy series.
Wonderful escapism read. Beautiful descriptions of the landscape and animals of 1920's Africa. Plot has several unexpected twists and turns. While some of the minor and bit characters are as expected, the main characters are very well fleshed out, believable, and interesting. Certainly very well worth your time.
Very dated material. More an intellectual exercise rather than a pleasure read. Interesting to see what inspired the "big name" writers who chose the stories, but the stories themselves - don't bother.
Edward Marston is consummate researcher and author. This series, set just after the Battle of Hastings, really invokes the flavor and the spirit of Mediveal England in the 1060's. Ralph and Gervard are very real characters to me, due to Marston's excellent writing. After reading one of his books, I always crave MORE! Excellent read!!
I like reading about other places that are so different from where I am. Worrying about ocean tides, cold weather in August, leaf peepers - all really enjoyable. So very different from Texas. And add in mysteries - what could be better?