Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions

Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions

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ISBN-13: 9781937929510
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Publication date: 02/12/2014
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Scott M. Sandridge is a writer, editor, freedom fighter, and all-around trouble-maker. His latest works as an editor include the Seventh Star Press anthologies Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions, and the two volumes of A Chimerical World, Tales of the Seelie Court and Tales of the Unseelie Court.

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Hero's Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
I’ll put my disclosure right at the start of this review; the first of my Hemlock stories is included in this volume. But it’s the final story in a wonderful book, and my honest review will be based on all the others, recently read and thoroughly enjoyed. The cover image boasts a regal war-beast reminiscent of those gorgeous models my sons used to play with; so, naturally, it entices me in. The nicely personable forward feels like a chance to chat over coffee – Did you love Black Beauty, Watership Down? And the Two Towers? Is Shadowfax the greatest? Then “curl up with your lovable companion and enjoy the adventure.” The stories themselves run from comedy, to tragedy, to enticing mystery, to mystical wonder and more. Who can resist “almost tailless” Toby as he steers Steve to heroism in Joy Ward’s Toby and Steve Save the World, or the magical, powerful friend defending a downed sandman. Sweetly almost human, or fiercely, proudly different, these heroic friends purr, snarl and fight, leap into battle or guide a path to safety, even performing great feats of heroism in alternate universes where “Germans riding giant spiders” replace the tanks of history. (I am still haunted by Ghost from Hill 142, by Jason Cordova). From ferrets to parrots to snakes, from earth to the far reaches of fantastical mystery, from the scary to the mundane, these animals save the day. You’ll never listen to your cat in quite the same way after reading S.H. Roddey’s wonderful Look what the cat dragged in; but for haunting mystery, try Renee Carter Hall’s The Emerald Mage. And don’t miss Passage, because that one’s mine. But seriously, even if I weren’t part of it, I would call this a truly enjoyable collection, full of surprises and wonderful animal heroics.