Alice Goodenough is an 18-year-old high school senior, who happens to also be the latest in a 200-year line of heroes whose mission it is to destroy the ‘corrupted’ creatures of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales. She does this with the help of a magic pen passed from hero to hero and a sometimes invisible rabbit named Brian. Alice, beset by strange dreams, finds herself squaring off against a deadly dragon, a maniacal ship’s captain, and an odd collection of characters out to awaken a creature that could seriously upset everyone’s day. As if that’s not enough, in the ‘normal’ world she has to cope with a school that is infected with an epidemic of bullying.
The Grimm Chronicles: Volume 2 by Isabella Fontaine and Ken Broskey is a fascinating modern take on the classic Grimm Brothers tales, complete with excerpts from the journal of Eugene Washington, the creator of Brian during the Civil War period. Anyone who has been entertained and amused by the old classic fairy tales will be astounded by the authors’ take on them. Chock full of humor and non-stop action, overlaid with a large dollop of present-day teen angst. A fun read for anyone of any age.
I give it four stars.
Ken Broskey’s Desolation Stories is a fantastic collection of horror, fantasy, and science fiction short stories, each a bit further out than the one before. The 19 stories in this collection are definitely not for the faint of heart or those with sensitive dispositions, for they contain graphic violence and profanity.
Broskey is a master of the short form of fiction, starting each story on an eerie note, building to a crescendo, and bringing the reader down for a bumpy landing. This is a collection of stories that lovers of the various genres will appreciate. Spot-on dialogue, believable characters, and credible environments that seem as real as the world we think we inhabit today.
Don’t miss this book. Five stars for a master craftsman.