Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Wizard of the Trees, by Joe R. Lansdale

Old Venus, 2015; ~14,000 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

Unexpectedly transported from Earth to Venus, Jack helps a prince and princess fight to prevent a race of birdmen from enslaving the world by getting both halves of a magic talisman.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: This adventure story moves smoothly from Jack wondering where he is, to pledging to support the princess, to fighting the final battle and winning the girl. The style echoes the old adventure tales from the 1930s.

Con: Little or nothing unexpected happens. We're sure that Tordo will try to seize both parts of the talisman. We're sure it won't work for anyone but Gar-don. We're sure Jack and the princess are never in real danger. There's no forshadowing, and no twists.

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