My reviews of Three Tales of the USAians and Three Fantastic Surprises by Sarah Hoyt
Three short stories that have appeared on the author’s blog, According to Hoyt, all dealing with the concept of fighting for the ideals laid out in the founding documents of the USA.
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (2014)
The Bombs Bursting In Air (2015)
On a Far Distant Shore (2015)
Three great little stories of a dystopian future where the ideals of the USA have been largely outlawed and forced underground. I very much enjoyed them.
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear is about a young boy and his sister escaping from government forces as they crack down on the members of a movement who believe in Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. 5 stars
The Bombs Bursting in Air involves an agent of the state who’s been betrayed and begins to learn the true meaning of freedom and that half heard references are often completely off base. 5 stars
On a Far Distant Shore is a story of redemption and willingness to sacrifice to do what needs to be done for the good of all. 5 stars
Three short fantasy stories.
From Out the Fire (2014) originally published in Baen’s Big Book of Monsters
Green Eggs and Spam (2015)
The Camels of Christmas (2015)
Three cute little fantasy stories.
From Out the Fire is about a group of supernatural creatures organized to take down threats to the Earth. It reminded me a little of Larry Correia‘s Monster Hunter International series, but with Vampires, witches and shifters as the good guys rather than the prey. I’d like to see more of this, expanded into a full novel. 5 stars
Green Eggs and Spam is sort of a crossover between SF and Fantasy. It deals with a single mother who fights alien invaders that come through a portal under Cheyenne Mountain and her son who befriended some runaway juvenile aliens who fund their play activities via email spam. It was funny, and with some work could be quite delicious as a longer story. As it was it just didn’t hit me quite right, but was still fairly enjoyable. 4 stars
The Camels of Christmas is based in the Shifter Universe first seen in Draw One in the Dark. Having read that before I very much enjoyed it. And while fairly clear about what was going on, I think someone coming across it without any knowledge of the Shifter Universe might not find it quite as tantalizing. But for me, a solid 4.5 to 5 stars.