Book Reviews

Tales from the Pirate’s Cove

Okay, I know it’s been a while since I’ve written a review. I’m way behind. Well, that’s an understatement as I am seriously behind and have a lot of reviews to write. But now that I’m riding the train to work a couple days a week, I’ll have at least a little more time to get caught up.

For this review, I should have had it done last summer as I was given a free copy for this review. I feel bad the review is this late in coming. But, it’s finally here and hopefully will draw some attention to this brilliant book. On to the review.

Tales from the Pirate’s Cove, an Inklings Press Anthology, is a marvelous collection of pirate stories.

Tales From The Pirate's Cove: Twelve tall tales of piracy and plunder by [Rob Edwards, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Kelly Lynn  Colby, Ricardo Victoria, Allison  Tebo, Bob Finegold, Claire Buss, Pat Woods, Tom Jolly, Lawrence Harding]

That is where the similarities end in this collection. These pirate stories range from the more traditional pirate ghost tale to adventures on a space station in a far distant future. It is this very diversity I absolutely loved about the book. It took being a pirate and explored a vast range of what that meant.

I wish I had time to go back and re-read the book as there were so many excellent stories; I don’t want to miss some and feel bad. I will say this, after a year, there are two stories that still stick in my mind—one about child pirates in space and a traditional pirate story on the high seas rich in historic detail. Now that’s not to say they were the only delightful stories. The entire collection still gives me the warm fuzzies, and it is one I would absolutely go back to again.

Were there any downsides to this collection? I genuinely don’t remember that much sticking out. I remember a couple typos, but I notice those things super easy, so don’t take that as a major concern. They did not detract from the enjoyment for me. There were a couple spots in stories I remember feeling a little rushed. Again, not so much that I didn’t want to keep reading or anything like that. It was more a feeling of wanting a little more, of wanting things to slow down a touch to savor the moment longer. But, really, that’s about it.

In sum, I highly recommend this collection for any fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and pirates. You’ll come away with a new take on what it means to be a pirate and have a great time along the way.

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