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Here be dragons ... and selkies and griffins and maybe even a mermaid or two. Twenty fantasy authors band together to bring you a collection of thrilling tales and magical monsters. Do you like to slay dragons? Or befriend them? Do you prefer to meet cephalopods as gigantic kraken or adorable tree octopuses? Each story focuses around a fantastic creature from folklore or m Here be dragons ... and selkies and griffins and maybe even a mermaid or two. Twenty fantasy authors band together to bring you a collection of thrilling tales and magical monsters. Do you like to slay dragons? Or befriend them? Do you prefer to meet cephalopods as gigantic kraken or adorable tree octopuses? Each story focuses around a fantastic creature from folklore or mythology, and they range from light and playful tales for the whole family to darker stories that may make you wish to leave the lights on. These stories carry the Fellowship of Fantasy seal of approval. While our monsters may be horrifying, you won't stumble into graphic sex and constant swearing. Perfect for the fantasy lover who can't get enough of mythical beasts.


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Here be dragons ... and selkies and griffins and maybe even a mermaid or two. Twenty fantasy authors band together to bring you a collection of thrilling tales and magical monsters. Do you like to slay dragons? Or befriend them? Do you prefer to meet cephalopods as gigantic kraken or adorable tree octopuses? Each story focuses around a fantastic creature from folklore or m Here be dragons ... and selkies and griffins and maybe even a mermaid or two. Twenty fantasy authors band together to bring you a collection of thrilling tales and magical monsters. Do you like to slay dragons? Or befriend them? Do you prefer to meet cephalopods as gigantic kraken or adorable tree octopuses? Each story focuses around a fantastic creature from folklore or mythology, and they range from light and playful tales for the whole family to darker stories that may make you wish to leave the lights on. These stories carry the Fellowship of Fantasy seal of approval. While our monsters may be horrifying, you won't stumble into graphic sex and constant swearing. Perfect for the fantasy lover who can't get enough of mythical beasts.

30 review for Fantastic Creatures

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Sasina

    I received an ARC copy of this book for honest review. I am happy to be supporting the indie Fellowship of Fantasy Authors in reviewing it. I love creatures of myth and legends, and this series of short stories did not disappoint in the slightest. This book is suitable for nearly all age groups and gives you glimpses of fantastic, magical creatures that many do not even know about. I enjoyed how not all of the stories told you straight out what the creature was, letting you guess what they were, I received an ARC copy of this book for honest review. I am happy to be supporting the indie Fellowship of Fantasy Authors in reviewing it. I love creatures of myth and legends, and this series of short stories did not disappoint in the slightest. This book is suitable for nearly all age groups and gives you glimpses of fantastic, magical creatures that many do not even know about. I enjoyed how not all of the stories told you straight out what the creature was, letting you guess what they were, such as in Seekers. I was proud to have known exactly what the creature was (I might have a small obsession with myths and legends, especially those tied with Ireland). There were only two of the short stories that I didn't really like. Many the rest left me wanting so much more. For the most part, the writing was beautiful and well done, however there were a few stories that felt somewhat clumsy, but not so much so to take me away from the tale being told. All in all, I give this anthology 5 stars. I won't allow the few stories I didn't enjoy to drag my rating down. I'm glad I was given the opportunity to read this wonderful collection of short, indeed magical, stories.

  2. 4 out of 5

    La La

    A plethora of exciting tales about make believe beasts from kappas to flying squid! I liked that a couple of the stories which had adult level violence in them were clearly marked, so this collection can easily be used as a family read aloud book, too. The creatures were varied, there is a flying squid tale! It is a perfect book to keep on a bedside table or loaded to an ereader for times you want to have short stories when reading time is limited. Each tale wrapped up in a satisfying way. This i A plethora of exciting tales about make believe beasts from kappas to flying squid! I liked that a couple of the stories which had adult level violence in them were clearly marked, so this collection can easily be used as a family read aloud book, too. The creatures were varied, there is a flying squid tale! It is a perfect book to keep on a bedside table or loaded to an ereader for times you want to have short stories when reading time is limited. Each tale wrapped up in a satisfying way. This is also a convenient and cost effective way to get to know these authors and go on to reading their full length titles.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Kooistra

    I'm new to the whole anthology thing. As I'm sure is the usual case with anthologies, there were stories I loved and others were I was more meh. It's hard to put a rating on a book that has so many different stories because not all are the same for me. I know that's obvious, but it was still really hard to sit down at the end and go, "so what do I say about this?" There's 20 stories(I think) in here and I liked more than I disliked. That's a plus. Several stories, even if they weren't my particul I'm new to the whole anthology thing. As I'm sure is the usual case with anthologies, there were stories I loved and others were I was more meh. It's hard to put a rating on a book that has so many different stories because not all are the same for me. I know that's obvious, but it was still really hard to sit down at the end and go, "so what do I say about this?" There's 20 stories(I think) in here and I liked more than I disliked. That's a plus. Several stories, even if they weren't my particular "thing" had strong voices that were so impressive I would recommend them based just on how well they were written. It's hard to put an age on this. Some of these stories easily would entertain a younger audience, while others were more in the adult category. I actually laughed over the back cover saying something about "no sex here" and thinking hopefully a parent wouldn't hand this to a young ambitious reader and then have to explain what sex was since it says it on the back. "Three Steaks and a Box of Chocolates" was a great example of an author grounding themselves in their character's voice and executing a story from that perspective. "Snapdragon" was a cute story that I almost wished was longer, yet it wrapped up so well that I'm not sure there was really more to tell. As always, Lea Doue wields her skill like a ninja dicing up a cake into perfect segments. "The Golden City Captives" started out strong and the world was interesting, but when the climax hit I was completely and utterly lost. I couldn't envision what was happening and in general it was a very confusing action scene that did not end the story in a satisfactory and fulfilling way. "Seekers" while beautifully written with a strong voice, this wasn't my cup of tea. I blame my dislike of selkies. I think it's horrible for a mother to abandon her child and husband(who for all appearances she had a good, healthy relationship with) and come back years later and take the child. "Skin Deep" I really enjoyed, easily one of my favorites. Strong writing and plot. I'd love to see this expanded into a full story. "The Last Chronicle of Pete Mersill" I'm still in shock that this was a short story because it was so . . . something that I felt like I'd sat down and read a novel. Very different from every other story in the anthology. It's sorta dark, depressing, and has this sense of hopelessness, but oh so interesting and what a situation to be in as Pete. Great story. "Priscilla the Magnificent, Flying Giant Squid" Cute story about a giant octopus who wants to fly and a woman looking to perform one last grand feat to redeem her old partner's memory. "An Adventurer's Heart" This was a bit odd because it was about a girl who wanted revenge, but all the story covered was her getting what she needed to fulfill her mission by going on mini-quests. It was like watching Frodo pack up to go on his quest, but never actually seeing anything after he left the Shire. "Celebration" A unique story that could be seen as kind of morbid, but I saw it as heart-warming. I think it also translates a bit to real life where someone dies and the loved ones spend time bickering over the will and the body isn't even cold yet. Here we have goblins who we'd think would be less "decent" than humans who give a deceased king a send-off that I could tell in their way was a high honor. "Talori and the Shark" A cool twist on a combo Beauty and the Beast and East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Those are my two favorite fairytales and I may be partial at seeing them combined together. "Reviving the Sword" I was excited to see a centaur story, but felt the lack of a strong plot sunk the story into mediocrity. "Mother's Night Out" Well-written, but this would be my least favorite story in the lot. I don't really like darker stories and this was the most graphic/violent of the stories(I'd forgotten which ones had the warning on them by the time I got to them). I found the concept disturbing and gruesome. The complete lack of caring on the part of all of the characters over the events of the story, combined with the MC deciding she's all cool with the whole thing(including everyone's callous attitude) as long as she's paid well to be off-putting. I think this is probably something lovers of dark tales would enjoy. So while I figured I'd give anyone who has an over active imagination like myself and can't forget things a warning. But this could also be seen as a plus for someone who enjoys a well-written twisted tale. "The Very Last Dragon" This one read like an old-timey tale where everyone's got the ridiculous names and absurd dialogue. Everything's dramatic and pompous with the intent at hilarity. Hopefully that was Katy's intent because if it was she did it very well. It's the kind of story that makes you smile and I think younger readers especially would get a kick out of this. "Ishka's Garden" I think this would've been a very interesting story if put into a novel. But as a short story I felt it had a lot of background terms and events that I spent too much time trying to figure out. It was like someone dumped me into the middle of Star Wars and expected me to know what everyone meant by Jedi and the Force and who Ben was and why his death mattered. But if this was put into a full story with the background and time to add in world-building while explaining, I'd read it. "Absolutely True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octopus" A story grounded "our world" with the idea that what if an innocent child who believes everything they hear decided to go out and prove they're right. The 8 year old voice was done very well and this is another one I think younger readers would absolutely love, especially if they're kids who like the idea of proving that there really are fantastical things in this world. I was gifted this anthology by one of the authors.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marzie

    This book was received as an ARC from the publisher. I am happy to be supporting the indie Fellowship of Fantasy Authors in reviewing it. Selkies and Dragons and Krakens, Oh My! This is an enjoyable anthology, especially given how affordable the book is. I found the writing, as is often the case in anthologies of this sort, to be a little uneven. For every gem, like Intisar Khanani's beautifully understated and evocative selkie story, Seekers, there are some that are considerably less polished. So This book was received as an ARC from the publisher. I am happy to be supporting the indie Fellowship of Fantasy Authors in reviewing it. Selkies and Dragons and Krakens, Oh My! This is an enjoyable anthology, especially given how affordable the book is. I found the writing, as is often the case in anthologies of this sort, to be a little uneven. For every gem, like Intisar Khanani's beautifully understated and evocative selkie story, Seekers, there are some that are considerably less polished. Some of the other stories, like Snapdragon manage to twist an old theme and along the way provide some really striking character imagery. Some of the stories are humorous (tree octopi? really? yes!), which is always a pleasure to find. The editing was fairly consistent, although here and there I was jarred by misused words like born for borne, etc. The stories are, overall, diverting and are suitable for younger teens to read (very light romance of the Beauty and the Beast variety). Currently, as of this writing, the anthology is free on a number of bookseller platforms. Worth a download!

  5. 4 out of 5

    N.W. Moors

    This is a 'Fantastic' anthology packed with stories for all ages about mythical and fantasy beasts and their friends. Many of the creatures are the usual dragons, mermaids, and griffins. Others were not as familiar to me, the hum-fairies, werejaguars, or tree octapuses, but the stories are uniformly interesting and well-written. I especially enjoyed 'Three Steaks and a Box of Chocolates', 'The Very Last Dragon', 'An Adventurer's Heart', and 'Absolutely True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octapus', This is a 'Fantastic' anthology packed with stories for all ages about mythical and fantasy beasts and their friends. Many of the creatures are the usual dragons, mermaids, and griffins. Others were not as familiar to me, the hum-fairies, werejaguars, or tree octapuses, but the stories are uniformly interesting and well-written. I especially enjoyed 'Three Steaks and a Box of Chocolates', 'The Very Last Dragon', 'An Adventurer's Heart', and 'Absolutely True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octapus', but there is something to like for everyone in this fantastical collection of stories. A few stories have some violence and are marked as such for younger readers. I received this as an ARC and choose to give an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Santy

    I loved this collection of very short stories all surrounding one creature/world or another. Some stories were funny, some had romance sprinkled in, others a bit sad, others made me a bit mad while others also were just okay. As a book overall, they were mostly very properly written with one or two minor exceptions.It takes the reader to a different world with every story and that is what I loved about it. It IS PG-13 so if you are in the mood for pure adventure/fantasy without any sexy times, go f I loved this collection of very short stories all surrounding one creature/world or another. Some stories were funny, some had romance sprinkled in, others a bit sad, others made me a bit mad while others also were just okay. As a book overall, they were mostly very properly written with one or two minor exceptions.It takes the reader to a different world with every story and that is what I loved about it. It IS PG-13 so if you are in the mood for pure adventure/fantasy without any sexy times, go for it. It's worth it if you ask me. *** eARC Graciously Provided By Publisher For An Honest, Unbiased Review ***

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    Twenty amazingly creative authors all in one place!! Sign me up! "Each story focuses around a fantastic creature from folklore or mythology, and they range from light and playful tales for the whole family to darker stories that may make you wish to leave the lights on." Sometimes you want to read mythology/fantasy stories without a lot of swearing and graphic sex and this fits the bill perfectly. The stories were great, short and very clean. They capture your imagination so well that when you t Twenty amazingly creative authors all in one place!! Sign me up! "Each story focuses around a fantastic creature from folklore or mythology, and they range from light and playful tales for the whole family to darker stories that may make you wish to leave the lights on." Sometimes you want to read mythology/fantasy stories without a lot of swearing and graphic sex and this fits the bill perfectly. The stories were great, short and very clean. They capture your imagination so well that when you turn the page to find that it's ended you want more, like a whole novel!

  8. 5 out of 5

    H.L. Burke

    I'm one of the authors, so not really unbiased. I do think there is a good mix here with something for everything from humorous tales to folk tales to urban fantasy to epics to fairy tales. Skip around, find some new authors, and enjoy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Wonderful story about all different types of creatures. Love books like this. Grateful to be introduced to this story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm. Fantastic Creatures is an anthology of stories all featuring some (you guessed it) fantasy creature, from mermaids to werewolves to tree octopuses to hum fairies. As an anthology, it has many, many authors, but I'm putting H. L. Burke as the primary because, from what I can see, she appears to be the one who organized it, did the outreach, etc. (If someone knows differently, please let me know and I'll correct this.) I'll include the aut More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm. Fantastic Creatures is an anthology of stories all featuring some (you guessed it) fantasy creature, from mermaids to werewolves to tree octopuses to hum fairies. As an anthology, it has many, many authors, but I'm putting H. L. Burke as the primary because, from what I can see, she appears to be the one who organized it, did the outreach, etc. (If someone knows differently, please let me know and I'll correct this.) I'll include the author of each individual story with my description below. Because of the nature of this book, I've done a short description or comment of each story with an individual rating for each, and the overall rating is an average of those. But before I dive into the individual stories, a few overall comments about the book. This an anthology by indie authors, and it shows. While some stories are amazing, others need some work with plot structuring or even some light line editing. The reading level also varies; while I would say most of these stories are perfectly enjoyable for an adult audience, there were a couple that I felt were meant for eight-to-ten-year-olds instead, giving the collection an uneven feel in regards to reading level. "Three Steaks and a Box of Chocolates," "Seekers," "Skin Deep," "Priscilla the Magnificent, Flying Giant Squid," "Mother's Night Out," and "Absolutely True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octopus" were definitely the strongest stories in this volume, while "The Golden City Captives," "The Last Chronicle of Pete Mersill," and "Talori and the Shark" were probably the weakest, for various reasons. Still, with a few exceptions I really liked this overall. Now, for the individual ratings! "Three Steaks and a Box of Chocolates" by A. R. Silverberry - A very good start to the collection featuring a Loch Ness Monster-type creature in a dying town. The writing here reminded me of What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, a gorgeous short story collection by Lauren van den Berg that all feature subtle elements of the supernatural. This one was actually a bit short for my tastes; I would have loved to have seen this fleshed out a little bit more! 4 stars out of 5. "Snapdragon" by Lea Doue - This was okay. It's a pretty basic Princess and the Frog story, except the frog is a miniature dragon. It had some nice fantasy elements--girls with a poison touch or thorns growing from their skins--but those felt more like changing the wallpaper on the story rather than doing anything really innovative. 3 stars. "The Golden City Captives" by Julie C. Gilbert - Not a huge fan of this. The reading level was much lower than that of the rest of the book and the story itself seemed to be missing a lot of background logic that could have made even a lower-reading-level story feel more appropriate for this collection. 2 stars. "Seekers" by Intisar Khanani - This was the reason I requested an ARC of this book! I love Khanani. This is a lovely short story about a little girl and her mother who play at finding things, until one day the mother finds something that takes her away. It has a beautiful sense of place and fantasy without ever explicitly saying anything, which I loved. 5 stars. "Mystery of Asgina Lake" by Caren Rich - This was a solid story regarding plot and structure and characters but it needed some work regarding grammar, particularly comma usage. 3 stars. "Skin Deep" by Morgan Smith - This was my favorite story in the collection. It was beautifully, classically written, and while I'm not sure of how far the adaptation strayed from the original, the source story is apparently a Scandinavian story, which I think was a great addition to the collection as a whole. 5 stars. "The Last Chronicle of Pete Mersill" by Cave Yates - This is a semi-post-apocalyptic story which stood out for that reason. The writing style actually somewhat reminded me of that of the middle portion of Cloud Atlas, but without the confusing linguistic shift, and I was really enjoying it until the villains started monologue-ing, which dragged it down immensely for me. 3 stars. "Priscilla the Magnificent, Flying Giant Squid" by L. Palmer - Another great story! This is the only steampunk-inspired story in the collection which made it stand out. It also has a sentient giant squid who learned Morse code from mermaids and wants to fly. Absolutely charming. 4 stars. "An Adventurer's Heart" by Nicole Zoltack - This was another one that didn't sit right for me. I thought, at points, that this might end up being a story with a moral, like that revenge doesn't really work out and that people always have reasons for doing what they do, even if we at first can't see them. Instead it was ultimately just a story about a girl who wants revenge on a creature going around and cutting other creatures' heads off in preparation. 2 stars. "Destiny's Flight" by Frank B. Luke - This was a pretty typical fantasy story that had a religious bend. That's not bad on its own, and I did like how it featured a more diverse cast of characters, at least culturally, but it got a bit preachy at the end. 2.5 stars. "The Kappa" by Lelia Rose Foreman - This story was a great example of how a child can be a main character without the story actually being juvenile. The setting and feel were again unique, which I appreciated, but I was left a little confused at the end, about who/what the cat was and why he had authority. 3 stars. "Celebration" by Arthur Daigle - A story with humorous elements in which a bunch of goblins give a king a proper send-off. At the beginning of this story, I thought it was going somewhere maybe a tad gruesome, but this was ultimately a very touching story that I enjoyed. 4 stars. "The Nether Lands" by Cave Yates - This is Yates' second story in the collection and I think it was stronger than the first. It features a demon hunter on a mission in the Netherlands who ends up partnered with a demon, and their attempts to avoid the "nether lands" where demons can trap people. This was one of the more adult stories in the collection, with some definite violence and sexual tension going on. 4 stars. "Talori and the Shark" by Jessica L. Elliot - One of the weaker stories here. It's like Beauty and the Beast, but with mermaids, and it was a story in which I found internal logic really missing. That's one of my biggest pet peeves, and it drove me absolutely crazy here. Elliot tries to explain this away by saying "oh, it's magic, and magic doesn't work on logic," but it does, it just works on its own logic that the author determines, and not doing that here made this seem like a lazy story. The writing also didn't appeal to me. 1.5 stars out of 5. "Reviving the Sword" by Kandi J. Wyatt - A centaur with a would-be-magic sword travels with an elf and a gryphon. There was some promising language here and the assortment of creatures in the band was interesting, but the story itself was overall unremarkable. 2.5 stars. "Mother's Night Out" by D. G. Driver - Okay, this should really be "Mothers' Night Out" to be grammatically correct. Now that that's off my chest, I can say that this was a strong story! It was another of the more violent ones, and it has this sense of menace to it the whole time even though the main characters are in a nursery dealing with babies. 4 stars. "The Mage and the Spotted Wyvern" by Craig J. Price, Jr. - A pretty typical, rather unremarkable sword-and-sorcery story about a young mage trying to learn magic. But Freckles the frog was cool. 3 stars. "The Very Last Dragon" by Katy Huth Jones - This was another story with some humorous elements, and the language here had a very bedtime-story feel without feeling like it was for eight-year-olds to read, if that makes sense. But honestly, Golda Drake? Our hero didn't see that coming? Please. 3.5 stars. "The Adventures of Zero: The Quest for Wormsroot" by Vincent Trigili - This is basically what "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" would be like if it was about a teenager in a fantasy setting. A boy who daydreams of adventures actually ends up going on one. It was fine. 3 stars. "Ishka's Garden" by Bokerah Brumley - This was another story that seemed to be missing some background information. I found everything that was hinted at here so much more intriguing than the story itself. 3 stars out of 5. "Absolutely True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octopus" by H. L. Burke - This was another story that screamed "charming" to me, and another good one about a child that isn't actually juvenile. It also had a good lesson attached and was a strong note to end the collection on. 4 stars. So, when all of that is accounted for, it gives the collection as a whole a rating of 3.14 stars. There are definitely some very strong stories here, and I think the collection as a whole was worth it, but there were a few weak ones that really dragged the stronger ones down, which is unfortunate. Dropping the lowest-rated one here bumps the collection up to a 3.6, and I think that's more in line with the true value here. I received a free advanced copy of this book; all opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amelia Nichole Defield

    What a great collection of short stories featuring fantasy creatures! It has everything from the weird to the delightful. Dragons, sea monsters, griffins and more! I left reviews for some of my favorites on their GoodReads pages.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather Hayden

    This is an enjoyable collection of stories about various fantastical creatures ranging from centaurs to the rare Pacific tree-dwelling octopus. My favorites include Three Steaks and a Box of Chocolate, Snapdragon, Seekers, and Absolutely True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octopus--and these are just a few of the treasures waiting inside this pages. The age range for the stories does vary quite a bit, so if you are looking for an anthology to share with your kids, please be mindful of that. Some sto This is an enjoyable collection of stories about various fantastical creatures ranging from centaurs to the rare Pacific tree-dwelling octopus. My favorites include Three Steaks and a Box of Chocolate, Snapdragon, Seekers, and Absolutely True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octopus--and these are just a few of the treasures waiting inside this pages. The age range for the stories does vary quite a bit, so if you are looking for an anthology to share with your kids, please be mindful of that. Some stories are suitable for younger children and some are not. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for the next anthology from the Fellowship of Fantasy!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Denielle

    Insitar has the tendency to always leave me wanting more. Everything I've read from her so far has left me with this gaping hole of want. This short story was no different. I got a Little Mermaid vibe and by the end I had so many questions. :(

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    An excellent mix of unique stories Like most anthologies, this is a mix of good and bad— but I'm happy to say that it's more good than bad. I definitely recommend this one!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    I read this book in an effort to learn of some more good indie authors. There are several authors featured which I'll have to learn more about, but overall I was unimpressed with this collection. Here are some notes on each story: (1) Three Steaks and a Box of Chocolates by A. R. Silverberry 3 out of 5 stars Set in the Old West, this is an amusing tall tale. (2) Snapdragon by Lea Doue 3.5 : 5 I enjoyed this retelling of the Frog Prince. The prince is not a prince, and he's in the shape if an adora I read this book in an effort to learn of some more good indie authors. There are several authors featured which I'll have to learn more about, but overall I was unimpressed with this collection. Here are some notes on each story: (1) Three Steaks and a Box of Chocolates by A. R. Silverberry 3 out of 5 stars Set in the Old West, this is an amusing tall tale. (2) Snapdragon by Lea Doue 3.5 : 5 I enjoyed this retelling of the Frog Prince. The prince is not a prince, and he's in the shape if an adorable dragon rather than a frog. I wasn't a huge fan of the magic elements, though. (3) The Golden City Captives by Julie C. Gilbert DNF (1:5) This incudes way too much magic, and the storyline didn't interest me. (4) Seekers by Intisar Khanani 2:5 I didn't understand this story. It's rather dark, and a little eerie. . . . Unfortunately, it's not even my kind of eerie. And what exactly is the mythical creature in this one? Is it a selkie? I guess I need to read up on mythical creatures. (5) Mystery of Asgina Lake by Caren Rich 3:5 I'm finally realizing that weirdness is a main plot device of every one of the stories in this collection. It is, after all, a collection of FANTASTIC creature stories. Anyway, Asgina Lake is certifiably creepy. The writing is terrific. I'll have to check out more of Caren Rich's work. (6) Skin Deep by Morgan Smith 4:5 Lovely, just lovely! I'm a sucker for fairytale retellings, even when I'm not familiar with the originals. This story takes only ten minutes of your time, but the author used that time well to develop her characters. Katya is the best kind of heroine for a fairytale romance: level-headed, inconspicuous, and possessing a kind of common sense unknown to the general population. Another author to look into. (7) The Last Chronicles of Pete Mersill by David Millican DNF I stopped due to content, including creepy demonic elements. It's a shame, because the writing is great. It perfectly captures the personality of the narrator. And it's hilarious: Mark Twain level hilarious. (8) Priscilla, the Magnificent, Flying Squid by L. Palmer 2:5 This looks like the title of a Roald Dahl book. Unfortunately, the style is not at all Dahl-ish. The story is technically fine, I'm just not a fan of the writing style. (9) An Adventurer's Heart by Nicole Zoltack 2:5 This story has . . . um . . . no point. And it includes lots of magic. (10) Destiny's Flight by Frank B. Luke 3:5 Here we have something a bit different, Christian allegory. Sorry for being picky, but I don't like this writing style. The story is interesting, but I had a hard time involving myself in it. (11) The Kappa by Lelia Rose Foreman 3:5 A little Chinese girl learns the importance of the words "no" and "don't." Cute story. (12) Celebration by Arthur Daigle 3:5 This story Is So Funny. I don't love the writing style though. (13) The Nether Lands by David Millican DNF Content, again: demons; also a hot demon. Ugh. (14) Talori and the Shark by Jessica L. Elliot 4:5 This is an underseas version of Cupid and Psyche, wherein Psyche is a mermaid and Cupid is a . . . well, what is he? The romance is cute, but the writing style is low-key awkward. (15) Reviving the Sword by Kandi J. Wyatt 2:5 Here is the story of a bitter centaur, a punning gryphon, and a magical elf. It didn't intrigue me, and --- you guessed it --- too much magic. (16) Mothers' Night Out by D. G. Driver 2:5 Do you like your werewolves mashed with contemporary fiction? You'll love this story. (17) The Mage and the Spotted Wyvern by Craig J. Price, Jr. DNF Three pages in and it was already all powerful magic and spells. (18) The Very Last Dragon by Katy Huth Jones 3:5 Sir Manly Stringarn and his faithful steed are off to rid the world of its last dragon! Here's a truly hilarious dragon tale, similar to Don Quixote. (19) The Adventures of Zero: The Quest for Wormsroot by Vincent Trigili 3:5 Wormsroot, werejaguars, and a potential appreticeship: That is an interesting concept, but I don't like the writing style. (20) Ishka's Garden by Bokorah Brumley 3:5 This story has a unique flavor, and it's full of fae's (21) Absolutely True Facts About the Pacific Tree Octopus 3:5 A little girl sets out to prove the existence of the pacific tree octopus. Cute and funny. :) Average rating: 2.7 rounded up to 3 I plan to read more Fellowship of Fantasy Anthologies!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    Bedtime stories Some great stories, some good stories and, some just okay stories. Amusing reading and no nightmares. We all need a book like this sometimes.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Copeland

    If you like strange creatures.... Most of these stories were really fun to read. The authors all showed great imagination, and have created some fascinating storyworlds.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aristae Henricus

    Good 1st Anthology This was my first fantasy anthology. I really liked reading all the different stories from the different authors. There were a few I wish could've kept going!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Wiederspan

    Cute collection of short stories.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Camilla

    A fascinating and varied collection of stories- enjoyable, well-written, and unique. I liked most of the stories, some were just not my "preference". Each enthralled and entertained, and the creatures were easy to imagine, the places so real I could have visited "once upon a time". Some even caused me to desire my own "creature" and my own "beast experience". Others made me pull back in alarm, glad I don't have one...yet. Maybe someday. In the meantime, this anthology of stories allows the reade A fascinating and varied collection of stories- enjoyable, well-written, and unique. I liked most of the stories, some were just not my "preference". Each enthralled and entertained, and the creatures were easy to imagine, the places so real I could have visited "once upon a time". Some even caused me to desire my own "creature" and my own "beast experience". Others made me pull back in alarm, glad I don't have one...yet. Maybe someday. In the meantime, this anthology of stories allows the reader to jump in and experience having a beast without the responsibility, the terror, the regret, while still allowing pleasure and wonder to preside. This collection is fantasy fiction. It a combination of stories with beasts and creatures, some lending goosebumps, others making the reader smile- all fantastic. I took a while to get through the anthology, not because my interest wasn't piqued, but because life got in the way. In my opinion, this book is ideal for mid-upper teens and up. Though I know some families that would have no problem giving it to a younger person, it isn't something I would give my younger kids to read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brian Wilkerson

    Fellowship of Fantasy: Fantastic Creatures is an anthology put together by the members of a Facebook group that I'm part of too. This is not a review request. From what I had seen, it looked like fun, and it was. I'll look over a couple of the stories here in a paragraph or so each. These are the ones that came to mind first. I suppose that means I found them the most memorable. However, it does not mean that these are the only ones I liked. While looking back over the table of contents, I decide Fellowship of Fantasy: Fantastic Creatures is an anthology put together by the members of a Facebook group that I'm part of too. This is not a review request. From what I had seen, it looked like fun, and it was. I'll look over a couple of the stories here in a paragraph or so each. These are the ones that came to mind first. I suppose that means I found them the most memorable. However, it does not mean that these are the only ones I liked. While looking back over the table of contents, I decided that I liked basically all of them. Out of 21 stories, there was only three or four that I didn't like, or did like but felt were too incomplete to count as a full story. "Three Steaks and a Box of Chocolates" This is a fully formed short story; the setting in the desert region has a tactile quality and two central characters are impressively developed in little time. The plot has a solid set up and an intriguing build up to the reveal of the creature. The nature of the conflict is funny, cute and realistic. It has a fully conclusive ending which I like. I'd say more about it but there's a minor mystery element involved that is part of the story's charm. Suffice to say that Burt is telling the truth when he says "Fluffy" is not a cat. "The Golden City Captives" This one has interesting world building in its fantasy aspects. The nature and underpinning of fairy society is one such aspect and how it can be exploited by outsiders is a fine twist. Then there's the mechanic of how shapeshifters are "born". It leads me to think about the why and the history while enjoying watching it happen. The story also provides a glimpse of the human society which influences these factors, and, in turn, is influenced by them. I want to use the phrase "overflowing climax consequences" because it develops to a grander scale than I expected. The initial conflict is completed but it flows so well and so quickly into another that I was disappointed when it ended. Kinda of like screeching the brakes; I want to see more. "Adventurer's Heart" I found a classic fantasy-adventure role playing game in this one. There's this hunter on a vengeance-drive monster hunt. She happens upon a quest, truly like a game, and has to complete a chain of deals and kill a monster or two for someone else before she has the proper equipment to start her own hunt. It's a lot of fun to read. Once again, this short story feels more like one part of a bigger story than anything self-contained. It's like the first episode of a season. If the author felt inclined to make the rest of the "season" then I would be interested in reading it. The protagonist and her world is that well established and interesting. "Destiny's Flight" I get a "fantasy version of the Crusades" feel from this one. A knight and "miracle man"(kind of like a lay cleric) escort a messenger to her destination. The knight has his armor and sword fighting, the miracle man effectively has spells for healing/buffing etc. and the messenger has a quarter staff and her griffin. They fight an evil knight and his own mount who want to kill the messenger. There's also a budding romance and it has a foil in a happily married couple. It's a nice narrative counterbalance to the action. An even measure of both makes the characters "pop" as human (or griffin, as the case may be). It feels conclusive, more so than the previous two, but it also feels like this setting and its results could be used to tell more stories. ____________________________________________________________ Trickster Eric Novels gives "Fellowship of Fantasy: Fantastic Creatures" an A+

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn Whitfield

    Amazing I greatly enjoyed the different takes on so many mythological creatures, this was an absolute joy to read, I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eustacia Tan

    The Fantastic Creatures anthology is by the Fellowship of Fantasy, a group created to provide a diverse range of fantasy stories, but without graphic scenes or swearing. So it's something that you can let kids read, though it can get pretty dark at times. There are 21 stories in this anthology, and on the whole, they are really well-written. Generally, I preferred the stories set in a more traditional setting instead of modern day earth, but that's more because of personal preference than story q The Fantastic Creatures anthology is by the Fellowship of Fantasy, a group created to provide a diverse range of fantasy stories, but without graphic scenes or swearing. So it's something that you can let kids read, though it can get pretty dark at times. There are 21 stories in this anthology, and on the whole, they are really well-written. Generally, I preferred the stories set in a more traditional setting instead of modern day earth, but that's more because of personal preference than story quality. A few that I particularly liked were: Snapdragon by Lea Doue: It's the princess and the frog, only that the princess is the cursed daughter of a witch (with thorns growing out of her) and the frog is a tiny dragon. I loved it. Seekers by Intisar Khanani: I am biased because I loved Intisar's stories. This intriguing tale in selkies was short but bittersweet. I would not like to be the father in the tale, but I'm glad things worked out for Maggie. Skin by Morgan Smith: Resembling a traditional fairytale in tone and plot, this story has an interesting female protagonist (Katya) who ends up gambling with a monstrous prince. And to think it started with a demand for a bride. Destiny's Flight by Frank Luke: Fantastic Christian fantasy with knights and griffins! If this was a full-length series, I'll buy the book immediately (but it doesn't seem like that). I also liked that the romance was unconventional and that even though the two characters who obviously liked each other didn't end up together, we were left with the promise that they would be happy. This is turning out to be a too-short review of every other story so I'll stop after Talori and the Shark by Jessica L. Elliot. It reminds me of that myth about Cupid where he got married but his wife wasn't allowed to see his face, only this takes place underwater and with mermaids! Intrigued, right? ETA: This issue has been resolved, but I'm just going to leave it under the spoiler tags since I did write it. (view spoiler)[The only story that made me stop and go "oh no" in dismay was The Kappa by Leila Rose Foreman. It's not a bad story, but every time Hanako calls her mother "mama-san", I just wince. And nope, there's no indication that her mother actually is a mama-san. Considering how basic knowledge of this word is (Wikipedia has a page on this - in English!), the mistake shouldn't have been made. I don't know if the author will see this review but hopefully, it gets corrected soon. (hide spoiler)] Overall, this is a strong and diverse collection of fantasy short stories. There's enough variety in setting, tone, and plot that there should be something for everyone. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Guys there are around 21 different stories in this anthology, I think the last one I read had only about 5, maybe 6. Anyway I’m going to give my thoughts on all of them. Luckily they’re all short, so I won’t really be doing more than a paragraph for them. I will indicate spoilers, but they are short stories so please keep that in mind. Overall I liked the book, I enjoyed the majority of the stories. The only thing I didn’t like was that since the stories are so short there are some times when I w Guys there are around 21 different stories in this anthology, I think the last one I read had only about 5, maybe 6. Anyway I’m going to give my thoughts on all of them. Luckily they’re all short, so I won’t really be doing more than a paragraph for them. I will indicate spoilers, but they are short stories so please keep that in mind. Overall I liked the book, I enjoyed the majority of the stories. The only thing I didn’t like was that since the stories are so short there are some times when I was totally confused by what was going on. Three Steaks and a Box of Chocolates by A.R. Silverberry 2.5 Stars Eh, this one had an old timers western feel. Wasn’t too bad. And actually didn’t mind the short length of this story. Snapdragon by Lea Doue 2.5 Stars A retelling of the frog prince with a dragon instead of a frog. In this one I wasn’t very clear what the problem was, well no I knew vaguely the girls were cursed so no one could touch them. But I’m not clear on what broke her curse. All I know if all of a sudden Ryll is walking away curse free and I’m like wha? The Golden City Captives by Julie C. Gilbert 2.5 Stars It was an alright story. I don’t really have a lot to say about this one. Seekers by Intisar Khanani: 3 Stars I pegged what they were fairly shortly. I did enjoy the story It was short and sweet. And I loved the fact they were selkies instead of mermaids. I don’t read a lot of stories about selkies. Mystery of Asgina Lake by Caren Rich 3 Stars Well that was interesting and a tad bit scary. A good story. Couldn’t keep tell which twin was which though. And the pop culture references grated on my nerves a little. That’s more because references to pop culture will date a book in no time. (view spoiler)[ Even if it is Doctor Who (hide spoiler)] Skin Deep by Morgan Smith 3 Stars (view spoiler)[ the minute I found out he was a snake I knew he would have to shed his skin to become normal. Saw that one coming a mile away. Interesting way to get a game of strip poker in there thought. (hide spoiler)] The Last Chronicle of Pete Mersill by David Millican 3 Stars Anyone else getting a Silence vibe from doctor who with the description of the aliens in this one? That’s the first thing that came to my mind. I’m usually not into dystopian stories, but this one was pretty good. As in I wasn’t tempted to just skip to the next story. Priscilla, the magnificent, flying Giant Squid by L. Palmer 2.5 Stars I like steampunk but this isn’t a story that really stood out for me. Except for the giant intelligent squid. (but then octopi and squid are considered intelligent anyway sooo...) Anyway, everything else was typical and fairly formulistic, which the obligatory mention of steam cars and dirigibles. An Adventurer’s Heart by Nicole Zoltack 2.5 stars. I liked the dragon, the harpy and the random chimera type monster. The MC wasn’t bad either. I liked the meaning behind the stones, she had to retrieve from the dragon. Destiny’s Flight by Frank B. Luke 2 stars I was left far to confused in the end. Maybe someone else will get it but I’m like what? (view spoiler)[ we just went through a whole heartbreaking farewell because the doomed lovers are in arranged marriages and can’t be with each other but then we’re talking about someone’s bloodline and something about following the monks. So what are they supposed to get together after all? I’ve got no idea what this means (hide spoiler)] The gryphon was cool; I need to read more stories featuring them. It is a story heavily inspired by Christianity, Blatantly, there is no hiding it. I have no problems with this and have nothing to do with the two-star decision. It was the freak’n ending that did it. The Kappa by Lelia Rose Foreman 1.5 Stars Yeah, I am picky about children in fiction. (view spoiler)[ and I often have difficulty feeling sympathy for them when they get into trouble, and the reason they get into trouble is because they blatantly disobeyed orders. I’m more along the lines of that’s what you get…. I need to work on my empathy. I’m not into a child being cheeky either. For me it’s just them being disrespectful not enduring or amusing. Honestly children can be cute and adorable and the things they can say can have me in stitches. But it’s very hard for me to read children who are supposed to be cute and adorable but come across to me as disrespectful and annoying. (hide spoiler)] That being said I’m not surprised the girl got into trouble with the Kappa. The kappa was different. I don’t read a lot of Japanese mythology based stories although I do know what they are. So it was fun to get to read about it. And the description was very intriguing. Celebration by Arthur Daigle 2 stars What a way to have a funeral, and with goblins. Not my favorite story but it was an interesting take. (view spoiler)[ with a lot of body humor which got real old really quickly. (hide spoiler)] The Nether Lands by David Millican 2 Stars Another story by David Millican, it wasn’t bad, but I liked the first one better. This one did come with a warning. (I knew a couple did but I’d forgotten which ones. Looking back now they were both David’s so I should go back and say there is violence in the first story as well.) It’s appropriate, there’s a scene where the MC is attacked by a demon and sent to the Nether realm. That scene gets graphic. Talori and the Shark by Jessica L. Elliot 3 Stars Combination of Beauty and the Beast and Psyche and Cupid with mermaids. Not bad at all. I would have liked to see this one a little more fleshed out. Apparently there’s a slave culture in this society not to mention the tail cuffs were interesting. They designate different things. And hippocampi are there as well. Reviving the Sword by Kandi J. Wyatt 1.5 Stars This story likely will no stick with me at all. Seriously, not much, All I got was there was a magic sword that granted visions, and she now owes some elves a dept. But hey she’s a centaur that’s cool. Mother’s Night Out by D.G. Driver 2 stars I think this one has a warning on it as well. (yep just double checked) (view spoiler)[ Wolves be scary man. We’ve got a young daycare worker who gets drafted to work an overnight babysitting shift, and finds out she’s watching over baby werewolf cubs. What follows when they transform turns into a night of terror and bloodshed. You know you always worry about the adults but hey the puppies are just a scary. Still though. $50 an hour. I wish I could make that kind of money. (hide spoiler)] The Mage and the Spotted Wyvern by Craig J. Price, Jr 2.5 stars It was alright. I liked the fire breathing frog, but overall not a standout story. The Very Last Dragon by Katy Huth Jones 2 stars Wasn’t very impressed, pegged the woman from the beginning. The Adventures of Zero: The Quest for Wormsroot by Vincent Trigili 3 stars I liked this story. I liked the fact he had a life goal. Ishka’s Garden by Bokerah Brumley 2 stars, Aside from the chase scene I wasn’t really into this story. I wasn’t clear on what was going on, what environment I was in or anything else.(view spoiler)[ I think the princess was an elf and had a disease. (hide spoiler)] Absolutely True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octopus by H.L Burke 1.5 stars I was like Meh through the entire thing. My final thoughts; not a bad book. Most of the stories kept my interest and it was interesting to see the titular fantastic creature put in an appearance. I'm sure there are stories for everyone in here. Recommended: Sure Buy/Borrow?: I think I got this either for free or .99 plus taxes, so it's not a bad deal.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    Fantastic Creatures is the perfect short story anthology for lovers of mythical or magical creatures of all types. From popular favorites like dragons, mermaids and lake monsters to the more unusual such as the Pacific Tree Octopus, fire fairies and spotted wyvern, this 20-story collection offers a little bit of everything for the fantasy creature lover. I liked the fact that the stories are a mix of humorous and dark. Not all of the creatures are out for blood....some just want to play. Others a Fantastic Creatures is the perfect short story anthology for lovers of mythical or magical creatures of all types. From popular favorites like dragons, mermaids and lake monsters to the more unusual such as the Pacific Tree Octopus, fire fairies and spotted wyvern, this 20-story collection offers a little bit of everything for the fantasy creature lover. I liked the fact that the stories are a mix of humorous and dark. Not all of the creatures are out for blood....some just want to play. Others are just....well, evil. My favorite tale was The Kappa by Lelia Rose Foreman. Sometimes rescuing a hungry, wet kitten can bring unforeseen blessings. The story is short, but made me smile. I foster rescue kittens, so the subject was near and dear to my heart. Another favorite was Absolutely True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octopus. While on a weekend trip to the Olympic Peninsula, Leisel is bound and determined to prove the Pacific Tree Octopus is a real animal. What she learns is astonishing and heart-warming. Quite the adventure for an 8 year old! Included in the anthology are: Three Steaks and a Box of Chocolates - A.R. Silverberry Snapdragon - Lee Doue The Golden City Captives - Julie C. Gilbert Seekers - Intisar Khanani Mystery of Asgina Lake - Caren Rich Skin Deep - Morgan Smith The Last Chronicle of Pete Mersill - Cave Yates Priscilla, The Magnificent Flying Squid - L. Palmer An Adventurer's Heart - Nicole. Zoltack Destiny's Flight - Frank B. Luke The Kappa - Lelia Rose Foreman Celebration - Arthur Daigle The Netherlands - Cave Yates Talori and The Shark - Jessica L. Elliott Reviving the Sword - Kandi J. Elliott Mother's Night Out - D.J Driver The Mage and the Spotted Wyvern - Craig J. Price, Jr The Very Last Dragon - Katy Huth Jones The Adventures of Zero: The Quest for Wormsroot - Vincent Trigilli Ishkah's Garden - Bokerah Brumley Absolutely the True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octopus - H.L. Burke I definitely recommend this story anthology to fantasy fans and animal lovers. :) I enjoyed all 20 stories! Each tale was the perfect length. All are well-written. There is nothing in any of the stories that a middle school aged child couldn't read....no sex, nothing too gory or traumatizing. Definitely PG-13. All in all, a great anthology! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.**

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Fantastic Creatures by various authors is an anthology of riveting short stories that feature a magical creature with a range of styles and settings. Lea Doue expands the world introduced in the Firethorn Chronicles with the fairy tale Snapdragon, a story that finds Ryll cursed to be hidden away with her sister, until she finds a confidant in a small dragon who has a strange request. Priscilla, the Magnificent Flying Giant Squid by L. Palmer features a squid that has big dreams of flying, while Fantastic Creatures by various authors is an anthology of riveting short stories that feature a magical creature with a range of styles and settings. Lea Doue expands the world introduced in the Firethorn Chronicles with the fairy tale Snapdragon, a story that finds Ryll cursed to be hidden away with her sister, until she finds a confidant in a small dragon who has a strange request. Priscilla, the Magnificent Flying Giant Squid by L. Palmer features a squid that has big dreams of flying, while in Absolutely True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octopus, a young girl sets out to prove there's an octopus in the trees. Lea Doue's Snapdragon is a charming and sweet story of friendship and new beginnings. It has everything that makes up a fairy tale: a wicked sister, curses, a touch of a love story, betrayal, and even a rose. Mystery of Asgina Lake and Absolutely True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octopus are grounded in reality with adventures that focus on the search for a cryptid. Both are suspenseful and modern with a strong reminiscence of real-life cryptid sightings and local legends. Seekers by Intisar Khanani has lovely writing, and a mysterious tone that never bluntly says what's happening. On the surface everything seems mundane, but there's so much to discover underneath. The stories that surprised me most are Mothers' Night Out by D.G. Driver and Celebration by Arthur Daigle. Both are a little dark in tone, but blend in a lot of quirkiness with slight horror elements and humor. Driver twists an ordinary world into a werewolf nightmare from the unique perspective of a day care with werewolf babies. Daigle's Celebration finds a gathering of goblins stealing the body of a recently deceased king in order to celebrate his life and mourn over the loss. It's eccentric and unexpected, dark and a little twisted, but also highly enjoyable. The Mage and the Spotted Wyvern is a personal favorite with incredibly endearing and likable characters. It's easy to fall in love with Drezzyk and his pet frog that he often asks for advice. The tone changes depending on the story, but is perfectly fitted to the style of each and the creatures featured in it. Fantastic Creatures is the perfect anthology for those that love magic, mythological creatures, knights, fairy tales, lake monsters, and talking cats. Some of the stories are funny and mysterious while some are magical and dangerous, but each is a fun adventure that will keep the pages turning. Each story is surprising and unique with unexpected results. There's something for everybody to enjoy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Tyler

    Fantastic Creatures is a collection of short stories from the Fellowship of Fantasy, which includes the authors H.L. Burke, Cave Yates, Arthur Daigle, Craig A. Price Jr., Intisar Khanani, Lea Doue, Nicole Zoltack, Vincent Trigili, Julie C. Gilbert, Katy Huth Jones, L. Palmer, Kandi J. Wyatt, Morgan Smith, Lelia Rose Foreman, Jessica L. Elliott, Bokerah Brumley, Caren Rich, A.R. Silverberry, D.G. Driver, and Frank B. Luke. Here be dragons, and selkies, and griffins, and maybe even a mermaid or two Fantastic Creatures is a collection of short stories from the Fellowship of Fantasy, which includes the authors H.L. Burke, Cave Yates, Arthur Daigle, Craig A. Price Jr., Intisar Khanani, Lea Doue, Nicole Zoltack, Vincent Trigili, Julie C. Gilbert, Katy Huth Jones, L. Palmer, Kandi J. Wyatt, Morgan Smith, Lelia Rose Foreman, Jessica L. Elliott, Bokerah Brumley, Caren Rich, A.R. Silverberry, D.G. Driver, and Frank B. Luke. Here be dragons, and selkies, and griffins, and maybe even a mermaid or two. Twenty fantasy authors band together to bring you a collection of thrilling tales and magical monsters. Do you like to slay dragons? Or befriend them? Do you prefer to meet cephalopods as gigantic kraken or adorable tree octopuses? Each story focuses around a fantastic creature from folklore or mythology, and they range from light and playful tales for the whole family to darker stories that may make you wish to leave the lights on. These stories carry the Fellowship of Fantasy seal of approval. While our monsters may be horrifying, you won't stumble into graphic sex and constant swearing, also not that any story with adult level violence is marked, so there is not stumbling upon that type of surprise. Fantastic Creatures is an anthology with a good variety of stories. As with all anthologies, some really grabbed me, others left me a little less impressed, and many were in the middle. There was humor, romance, stories that left me sad, stories that left me upset, and some that left me shaking my head. I really enjoyed sme of the twists that were given to some of the familiar creatures, while some were so odd and unexpected that I was left admiring the creativity of the author. I found the collection as a whole to be well written, and consistently edited. While not every story grabbed me, I thought the book was well done and an entertaining read. I think the lack of explicit content, and the warnings about violence before it happens, makes it a good choice for sharing as a family. Fantastic Creatures is a varied and entertain collection of tales. I like that the creatures were all different and expectations were often defied. Each of the stories has a satisfying conclusion. I would recommend this book to readers that enjoy short stories, and those that are interested in exploring fantasy authors, but want to start small. What a great way to check out the work of 20 writers without committing large amounts of money or time in something that might not be your cup of tea.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark Lucas-Taylor

    Very good anthology with lots of diverse characters. What I enjoyed particularly was the way the usual tropes were upturned, overthrown and in some cases completely disregarded and dispensed with. It serves as a good introduction to several writers and there own particular little universes. Some tales were fairly original in there setting but with some I did find the outcome to be rather predictable. Several gave a refreshing spin on the usual protagonists.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eitan

    This whole series have some of the best short stories I’ve ever read plus it’s free on kindle

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angel Leya

    What a fantastic collection of short stories, all featuring some sort of fantastic creature (hence the name). Here are the stories I most enjoyed: Skin Deep by Morgan Smith **loved this Talori and the Shark by Jessica L. Elliott **Romance-sigh Mothers’ Night Out by D.G. Driver **This is somewhere between horror and humor! Absolutely True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octopus by H.L. Burke **A surprising favorite. Snapdragon by Lea Doué Celebration by Arthur Daigle The Adventures of Zero: The Quest for W What a fantastic collection of short stories, all featuring some sort of fantastic creature (hence the name). Here are the stories I most enjoyed: Skin Deep by Morgan Smith **loved this Talori and the Shark by Jessica L. Elliott **Romance-sigh Mothers’ Night Out by D.G. Driver **This is somewhere between horror and humor! Absolutely True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octopus by H.L. Burke **A surprising favorite. Snapdragon by Lea Doué Celebration by Arthur Daigle The Adventures of Zero: The Quest for Wormsroot by Vincent Trigili And even the ones that didn't hit me as being outstanding were still good. An excellent collection of short stories for anyone who loves fantastic creatures of every shade. :)

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