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Folded Steel, the sequel to Tainted steel is a collection of 6 short stories, one is really short, and another takes up most of the audio, but this doesn't detract from either tale. I can tell you that they are exactly as long as they need to be.Hollingsworth is in his element with the short story. He takes a premise, builds around it, and hits you like a hammer at the end. He doesn't need to fluff a story out by an extra two or three thousand words. In fact, you'll be impressed with what he can do with only a few. Only one story in the book falls a little short, and I think it is hard to convey the concept. This only takes away a little from the tle itself. The best had to be, in my opinion, the one that dealt with the letter of the law. You'll see where strict adherence to rules will get you.
Montooth is just as great as the first time around. His melodious voice drives home the tales as if from a veteran story teller around a campfire in ancient times.
I eagerly look forward to the next book in this series.
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Contained with his book are six stories, all varied and interesting showing the ability of the author to provide great variety in the short form.
The shortest (Altar of Alternative) clocks in at less than a minute, and is a fun little story/poem playing on alternative bands and artists. The longest (For the Hand of Kimbra) takes up more than half the book and clocks in at 1:30 hours. It tells the story of a princess fallen in love with her guard and the King wanting to separate the two.
Some (Young Goat and Wise Walrus) are better in the concept than the actual telling, with the punchline/final twist falling flat in delivery. It is a good idea, but the actual words come across awkward and thus lose some import.
My favourite would be The Laws of Sýnkrousi, which is a humorous look at a nation and it's obsession with following the letter of the law, even if the law results in some silly things.
Narration by Danny Montooth is great. He provides a great number of voices and accents. The first story is told in a African accent, so when it changed to a British one for the rest (and not always the same type of British accent) I was surprised. The voices work is great. He is also well paced and has great timing for the humour in the stories. Certainly a narrator I shall look out for in the future.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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