In general, you should never completely trust the review of an anthology by one of its authors. You can’t know whether they actually liked it or not, regardless of what they write about it. Each author in the book is pretty much obligated to love it or, if nothing else, risk the anthology’s publisher never looking at their work again.
Whatever anyone might think, this is both reasonable and fair. If you can’t support something you’re part of, then you probably shouldn’t have been part of it in the first place.
And even if it sometimes takes me a while, I try to actually read all of the stories in every issue/book I’m lucky enough to be published in. Being familiar with the stories that surround mine gives me a nice feel for where I’m at as a writer, at least for the story at hand, as well as a snapshot of the state the subgenre the story might be part of.
But like I said, you should never completely trust an anthology review written by one of its author. In that light, I’m not going to review Legends and Lore, though I will be just egocentric enough to bold my story in the TOC.
Published in October of 2014 by Xychler Publishing, Legends and Lore was edited by Penny Freeman and Kristina Harris. It’s a Fantasy collection of mostly novelettes (two stories, including mine, fall just below the official 7,500 word threshold). They’re all more or less set in the current day, but borrowing bits of various mythologies for the storytelling. It’s a fun anthology, peeling back some layers on the modern world to things that could have been with just a little bit of magic.
- “The Brother Sister Fable” by Ayson Grauer
- “Charon’s Obol” by R. M. Ridley
- “Grail Days” by A. F. Stewart
- “Natural Order” by Lance Schonberg
- “Peradventure” by Sarah E. Seeley
- “Downward Mobility” by M. K. Wiseman
- “By Skyfall” by Emma Michaels
- “Faelad” by Sarah Hunter Hyatt
- “Two Spoons” by Danielle Shipley
I won’t put a rating on it, or draw your attention to the book beyond saying I enjoyed the volume, an eclectic variety of tales and myths and voices.
Be well, everyone.by