Revenge of the Hound

Revenge of the Hound

by Michael Hardwick

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ISBN-13: 9781876964269
Publisher: ibooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Series: Dragonflight
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 724,045
File size: 449 KB

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Child of an Ancient City 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DirtPriest on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I love Tad Williams. Well, at least his writing. Let's not get too overboard here. This is a pretty awesome but short story in a Scherezade mold, where a sultan is called upon during a drunken revel to tell a story. His tale is one where he is much younger, in a group of soldiers accompanying a caravan from Araby into the Caucasus mountains. They are attacked by some brigands, and the few survivors try to escape back to the desert. However, the vampyr stalking them has other ideas. They know from a young lad that they apprehend that the vampyr must stop to listen to any stories told to it, and that this is their only chance to survive. So this is what they do, until the vampyr walks up to their fire and declares his boredom. It challenges them to a contest of sad tales. If the wanderers win, they are free to go, but if the vampyr wins, he gets to eat one of their members.Vampyr tales are always so grim and foreboding that I usually don't like them, but if Tad Williams writes one, I might as well try it. He uses the best metaphors (or are they similies?), like 'The vampyr's laugh sounded like bark being ripped from a rotting tree.' Or, from his Otherland series, 'Getting him to do anything was like pushing butter through a stone.' Great stories, great characters, even in a book as short as this one, but he does push the boundary of too much data. Within sight of the border, but not too close. Anything by Mr. Williams is to be immediately read, at least until you run out of books, then you have to make do with his mutterings on his website. The only things by him that I haven't read yet is his debut Tailchaser's Song, because I really dislike cats, and his multiple new series that are as yet incomplete. And the 8 or so issues of Aquaman that he wrote a few years ago. Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is, in my opinion, the best modern fantasy story out there, just for sake of saying.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
A cute little vampire tale told around a campfire. It sort of reminded me of the tales of Ali Baba. It was good, but not scary or overly complex.