Fur Flying by Walter G. Esselman

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Post November 13, 2016, 12:36:23 PM

Fur Flying by Walter G. Esselman

An action story that holds ones attention. Nice use of dialogue and a nice, steady rhythm to it from beginning to end. No sentences were choppy or difficult to understand, and that is a plus when reading a story that can be classified under sword and sorcery, possibly. Sometimes the characters in sword and sorcery are hard to imagine, and often their speech is twisted into an old English usage with some dialect that borders on present-day slang. This story had the correct mixture of language: I could understand everything said in one reading.

The characters came alive to me, the setting worked and the story held my interest. The use of
‘Burgermeister’ easily places us in Dracula country without having to use narration, for with using that noun, our imaginations can set the stage needed for the story, and description becomes somewhat intuitive since Frankenstein and Dracula movies are imbedded in our minds, and we unconsciously recall the villages and townspeople in those movies!

The story was well crafted and enjoyable. Good use of story telling techniques. I don't really have anything to nit pick about!

I never read sword and sorcery except for the short stories in that genre at Aphelion.

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Post November 13, 2016, 09:49:09 PM

Re: Fur Flying by Walter G. Esselman

I love Gideon and Pavataro. They are so much fun with their adolescent bickering and altruistic nature. This was great adventure. I liked the Burgmeister and the hops was a great detail. I'm happy to see this pair in a new adventure.

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