There is something special about having a legendary name take an interest in your work. It suddenly makes you feel like a grown-up author! So you can imagine how I felt to find that not only had an Amazing Stories reviewer, Matt Mitrovitch, written a review of ‘Tales of Wonder’, but my story was one he singled out for a positive mention:
“Changeling Child” by E.M. Swift-Hook: A young girl named Tani and her father are forced to leave their home as bad Lowlanders are coming for them. Tani, however, becomes separated from her father and soon finds herself near Castell Blighe where she hears the disembodied voice of a faie…except this fairy tale creature is made out of switches and wires.
The old fairy stories are not something I am that familiar with, but elements of them (like not eating the food they offer to you) are familiar to me. I thought this story did a good job using those old tales in a world that appears to be a technological civilization that suffered some great catastrophe. Now the thinking machines of old have become the supernatural creatures that go bump in the night, making this a fun story for genre fans who remember the old tales.
No. Wait. Grown-up response:
I have to say I am absolutely delighted with Matt’s review and was also thrilled by having an Amazon Vine reviewer Darcia Helle praise the anthology too.
If you want to check out the full Amazing Stories review you can find it HERE.
And whilst I’m on the topic of awesome reviews, I have to share this one for ‘Times of Change’ which has had me blushing today: