Bookends: Leyfarers and Wayfarers

Delighted to see a review of a couple of stories from “Leyfarers and Wayfarers” this morning. 🙂

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51YtShXBByL._SL250_Leyfarers and Wayfarers is a collection of 16 stories (in a variety of genres) by G L Francis. As usual for my bookends series of posts, I read the first and last stories, then made a decision whether to continue.

First Story: Tools of the Trade

In this steampunk tale, Russian water spirits are killing people in Kansas City, Missouri during the late 19th / early 20th century. A Russian immigrant family of inventors (and some elves) try to kill the spirits.

I enjoyed the historical fiction setting and many elements of the plot, but I felt the author was forcing a novel’s worth of work into a short story. I often read novels which I think should be cut down to something shorter; in this rare case, I’d recommend expansion. There are extensive character backgrounds, brief hints of romance, and other things that would flesh out a novel…

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