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  1. says:

    The short version is I liked the McKinley stories best and I'm afraid it shows off my favoritism I borrowed this book from the library and was so impatient to begin reading it that I only made it as far as the relative privacy of my parked car before opening it up and plunging inI started with the first McKinley story of courseHellhound — a horsey tale; and fabulous If McKinley has a single curse it is in writing works that make me long to know what happens after the pages stop To which I say damn you McKinley Also she invents the very best names Gelsoraban Jry Krobekahl and Strohmoront indeed I want to know their stories tooFirst Flight — a novella nearly a third of the entire book And while it does it honestly work as a whole and complete story it ended right when I got really curious about what else might happen And I love how McKinley made the dragons so BIG And I love Ern's entire worried personalityI enjoyed a couple of the Dickinson ones but I didn't love them nearly as muchPheonix which felt so solidly like an old man's tale on light and life and English priests of Egyptian gods and probably my favorite of the Dickinson onesFireworm which was okay too on ages past humans and mythology and cold endless winters and I suspect this story would have fit in uite nicely with Jean Auel's works had Auel been inclined to include otherworldly monsters in her storiesBut the Salamander Man story was just so very flat


  2. says:

    This collection would get 5 stars and a permanent place on the favorites shelf just for the first story alone PHOENIX by Peter Dickinson was one of the best short stories I've ever read Roughly fifty pages long and I laughed and smiled and finished up in happy tears and with goosebumps over my arms The next story HELLHOUND by Robin McKinley also gave me goosebumps and was what I would call classic McKinley Just an all around great collection and the perfect companion to their other ELEMENTALS stories WATER If you haven't read WATER well what's wrong with you? It has a freaking DAMAR NOVELLA at the endMy only frustration was that FIRST FLIGHT McKinley's novella that ends this collection should have been a full length book I would have loved of this story It felt like a big tease


  3. says:

    Another of the elemental series by two vastly different yet conveniently married authors It's hard to look at the together so we'll look at them separatelyDickinson is as always an exuisite writer whose language has a real poetry and whose stories always feel like spiderwebs intricately spun and slighty insubstantial The experience of reading them is a fascinating one and the distance that Dickinson somehow creates between reader and story always makes me feel like I'm peering through a microscope or binoculars in order to glimpse something so impossibly different something only accessible through the poetry of his language Which is lovely and lends itself to a range of styles but is sometimes rather coldMcKinley I should note is the exact opposite She doesn't give the pinhole view into her characters' heads she lifts you up and dumps you bodily into their mind their worldview and their lies If Dickinson reminds me of gossamer McKinley reminds me of steel cables Once you're in that story you are IN it I once commented that McKinely has many characters but only one real style; fortunately it's an excellent style and it provokes an almost visceral reaction to the characters in meI enjoyed both sets of stories but McKinley has been one of my favorite authors since I was about eight years old so I will concede that I loved hers But I recommend both writers unreservedly; though very different they both are excellent examples of how to tell a storyDid I mention that the stories themselves were some of the most fascinating and innovative I've read in fantasy in a long time First Flight in particular struck me because it was the first time I'd seen anyone do something new with the humans flying dragons thingit didn't feel like a rehash of Pern even though it shared so many of the same elements That's the mark of a good author innovation in old ideas and if you like it you have to look at what she can do with fairy tales


  4. says:

    This is the follow up to McKinley’s and Dickinson’s first collaborative collection Water Tales of Elemental Spirits which I need to read I haven’t read many of their longer works – Beauty by McKinley and Eva by Dickinson are the only ones though many of McKinley’s are on my “gee why haven’t you read this yet?” list I had a fresh mind when I read this is what I’m saying; no expectationsDickinson’s three stories – “Phoenix”; “Fireworm”; and “Salamander Man” – are written with a storyteller’s rhythm giving them the feel of legends The word “old fashioned” keeps coming to mind but it isn’t really the right one – maybe “timeless” is better because it doesn’t have the negative connotations As a nice contrast McKinley’s stories – “Hellhound” and “First Flight” – are modern and humorous; they don’t feel weighty like Dickinson’s but they’re not frivolous “Hellhound” takes place in the present day so a modern sounding narrator makes sense but even the narrator in the pure fantasy story “First Flight” has a every day contemporary voice I think this is why I liked McKinley’s stories so much better then Dickinson’s even though all the stories are well written; it’s all about tone “Phoenix” is about the mythical Egyptian bird god of legend and how it survived – and found new believers – in a snowy wooded conservation area The narrator a boy named Dave tells the story to young Ellie when she visits the woods about how he found the god in a fire at the age of 100 and after rescuing it has been living backward ever since It’s an interesting concept but I got bored reading the story – there’s no action and the story is mostly internal reflection as the boy recounts his past with nostalgia and a kind of bittersweet acceptance of the passage of time I liked “Fireworm” and “Salamandar Man” better In “Fireworm” Tandin finally finds his place in his primitive community when he learns he has the power to destroy his people’s ancient enemy the fireworm but in the process he comes to identify with the fireworm then with the humans he lives with Killing the fireworm in this context is tragedy then triumph This notion of looking outside ourselves to recognize commonalities in an alien species – to empathize – is what made this story my favorite It’s a hero fantasy with a hero who realizes that seen another way he’s also a villain In “Salamander Man” the slave boy Tib also finds his destiny to become the giant Salamander Man long enough to free 27 salamanders from corrupt magicians who are using them for their power In doing this he essentially strips the entire town of magic Even though I just said I liked this story better then “Phoenix” I don’t remember it well Just that it was kind of strange but very well writtenI really did like McKinley’s stories a lot In “Hellhound” Miri who lives on a farm and works primarily with horses adopts an unusual dog from the pound with burning red eyes She names him Flame and he proves to be much smarter than the average dog Freakishly so Others are wary around this creature but Miri trusts him and he proves to be a blessing when her brother falls prey to an evil spirit residing in the nearby graveyard Miri is instantly likable in her comfortable relationship with her family her love for animals and her willingness to look beyond Flame’s frightening appearanceMcKinley’s stand out concluding novella “First Flight” follows Ern a humble boy who wishes secretly to be a healer despite the fact that healers are basically shunned as the lowest of the low in society no one admits to going to a healer when ill or injured because no one is supposed to admit to being ill or injured – a nice change to the way healers are usually portrayed Ern has an uncanny skill with herb medicine but he’s spent so much of his life playing down his abilities that he can’t recognize the large amount of good he does for everyone around him Ern’s brother Dag is going to Dragon Academy to be a dragon rider but the dragon he’s paired with is injured and unable to make the First Flight when the new rider and the dragon enter Firespace together for the first time Despite the fact that everyone knows his dragon can’t do it Dag will be forced to try and fail in front of everyone Ern accompanies him to Dragon Academy as moral support bringing along his strange pet foogit who has a large hilarious role to play in this story but in his unassuming nigh invisible way he manages to do something everyone thought was impossible This story is one of the best I’ve read and is worth the price of the book alone Ern’s witty understated sense of humor and keen observations make his narrative a joy to read and he’s about as large hearted a character as one could find I would like her to continue this story


  5. says:

    I don't remember Water having such a marked contrast between the Peter Dickinson and Robin McKinley stories In fact I don't even remember noticing which stories belonged to which author But in this book I sure noticed The first Dickinson story Phoenix was wonderful Very well told and absorbing However the next Dickinson story Fireworm bored me so much I skimmed And to be honest I was so dispirited that after the first few snoozy paragraphs of Salamander Man I skipped straight to the last story in the book McKinley's First Flight which was excellent and had enough story and muscle to make up its own novel had McKinley felt like expanding upon it Her other story Hellhound was one of the best short stories I've read in a while It gave me goosebumps and the creeps made me cry and made me think about it for hours afterward which is always a good sign McKinley always manages to work dogs or horses into her stories but never in a way that's hackneyed or saccharine I've decided her writing reminds me a bit of really good frozen vanilla yogurt with sprinkles Comforting nourishing to a degree reminiscent of childhood and always always a good idea


  6. says:

    SynopsisA collection of short stories based around the magical element of Fire A companion novel to Water Tales of Elemental SpiritsReviewI should start with the fact that I fell in love with Robin McKinley's writing when I was first given her Blue Sword novels in 7th grade This compilation is no exception though my problem with her short stories is that I never want them to end I also enjoyed Peter Dickinson's stories though I've never read a full novel written by himHere are my thoughts on the five stories in the collectionPhoenix by Peter Dickinson A story about the way a phoenix changes the lives of the people it meets in England While I enjoyed this story I did find some of the dialect a bit difficult to follow I also thought that all of the characters with the exception of Dave to be a bit flatHellhound by Robin McKinley The adoption of a really ugly dog changes a young woman forever I really enjoyed this story with it's slight dip into the modern paranormal world I wish that the story could have continued and shown what other situations could have been conueredFireworm by Peter Dickinson In a time when fire is the greatest technology an outcast young man must save his clan from a fireworm My favorite of Peter Dickinson's stories I really enjoyed the bittersweet aspects of the story and that Peter allowed us to know the other side of the coinSalamander Man by Peter Dickinson A young slave is taken from the only home he has known and left alone is a bare room I enjoyed the interactions of the slave and his owner but the middle of the story fell a little bit flat for meFirst Flight by Robin McKinley Ern wants to heal and help people in a land where healers are considered disreputable because no one should admit to needing healing When his brother a dragon rider cadet comes home with the news that he has been assigned to a broken dragon for his First Flight Ern must stop hiding himself to help his brother and dragon finding a place for himself in the processThis is the longest story in the collection and could have easily gone on to become a whole book I definitely did not want this story to stop when it did and wanted to know what kind of place Ern made for himself in the world I loved itMy RecommendationI really enjoyed this book and will read it again The stories are all family friendly If you enjoyed Water Tales of Elemental Spirits you will also enjoy Fire Tales of Elemental Spirits 45 Wait for a coupon


  7. says:

    It is unfortunate that Peter Dickinson the one who isn't Robin McKinley contributed three of the book's five stories because the disparity between his stories and McKinley's is very obvious The contributions from the one who isn't Robin McKinley were disjointed lacking in action or characterisation and generally a waste of approximately half the book Reading his pieces particularly Fireworm felt like a real chore Before I reached the halfway point of this anthology I was unsurprised to find myself counting pages until the stories by the one who isn't Robin McKinley would be finished and I could get back to stories that were actually well written and followed interesting plotsMcKinley's two stories are fresh pieces that have not appeared in other anthologies to my knowledge and although they are not representative of her best work as the first one in particular feels somewhat rushed they are loads better than Dragonhaven Reading them I found myself actually caring about the characters and the plots and trying to guess what would come next and not just because the one story has horses and the other dragonsHad the stories not been ordered in such a way that one was forced to trudge through the stories from the one who isn't Robin McKinley in order to get to McKinley's pieces I could have finished the book much uickly I would advise people who feel my compulsion to read the entire book from introduction to end notes to avoid this book as they will be made to suffer for three fifths of the stories and unable to bring themselves to skip them even though I assure you there are no hidden gems or even particularly pleasing phrases contained therein


  8. says:

    Phoenix This was a really interesting tale and a fun twist on various mythological stories I liked the old man as a character but the woman and girl weren't as interesting 4 starsHellhoud A true McKinley tale with horses and dogs and other worldly happenstances Sometimes the and the mystical creature helped the girl save the day ending works really well ie The Blue Sword sometimes this time I feel like we really need a few dots to help us see action and wrap thing up 3 starsFireworm Boring Like I fell asleep reading it boring 1 starSalamander Man Great start but ran out of steam I would have liked to see with the salamanders or the boy slave There really wasn't any explanation on why that particular boy was chosen 2 starsFirst Flight McKinley at her finest This was the longest story in the compilation and the most interesting Supporting characters are sufficiently interestinghumanuirky to keep my attention and the dog creature is of course endearing There is some rambling which is McKinley's writing style but it works well even in the short story format I feel like this tale may have birthed the idea for Dragonhaven or perhaps they are connected in some way they could definitely be cousins Reading them back to back like I did this time around made me wish again that Dragonhaven had some extra editing or something because First Flight shows us just how amazing McKinley is with world building in magical realms 5 stars


  9. says:

    This collects two stories by Robin McKinley and three by Peter Dickinson Robin's are longer so there is balance Dickinson's stories felt polished to me; although McKinley is one of my very favorite authors I feel her recent efforts exhibit overuse of parenthesesasidesetc to the point of distracting me from the storyA very enjoyable collection nonethelessBe sure to read their previous Water collaboration


  10. says:

    Like all collections of short stories I liked some better than others But all the stories in this book were well written and enjoyable heartwarming and fun There wasn't one that I disliked which is saying a lotThe last story was by far my favorite


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Fire Tales of Elemental Spirits #2

5 tales set from prehistoric to present market to dragon academy 1 First Flight a boy and pet unexpectedly ride a dra The short version is I liked the McKinley stories best and I'm afraid it shows off my favoritism I borrowed this book from the library and was so impatient to begin reading it that I only made it as far as the relative privacy of my parked car before opening it up and plunging inI started with the first McKinley story of courseHellhound — a horsey tale; and fabulous If McKinley has a single curse it is in writing works that make me long to know what happens after the pages stop To which I say damn you McKinley Also she invents the very best names Gelsoraban Jry Krobekahl and Strohmoront indeed I want to know their stories tooFirst Flight — a novella nearly a third of the entire book And while it does it honestly work as a whole and complete story it ended right when I got really curious about what else might happen And I love how McKinley made the dragons so BIG And I love Ern's entire worried personalityI enjoyed a couple of the Dickinson ones but I didn't love them nearly as muchPheonix which felt so solidly like an old man's tale on light and life and English priests of Egyptian gods and probably my favorite of the Dickinson onesFireworm which was okay too on ages past humans and mythology and cold endless winters and I suspect this story would have fit in uite nicely with Jean Auel's works had Auel been inclined to include otherworldly monsters in her storiesBut the Salamander Man story was just so very flat

REVIEW Fire Tales of Elemental Spirits #2

Gon2 Hellhound stars a mysterious dog in a graveyard showdown3 Fireworm a young man must defend his clan from a creat SynopsisA collection of short stories based around the magical element of Fire A companion novel to Water Tales of Elemental SpiritsReviewI should start with the fact that I fell in love with Robin McKinley's writing when I was first given her Blue Sword novels in 7th grade This compilation is no exception though my problem with her short stories is that I never want them to end I also enjoyed Peter Dickinson's stories though I've never read a full novel written by himHere are my thoughts on the five stories in the collectionPhoenix by Peter Dickinson A story about the way a phoenix changes the lives of the people it meets in England While I enjoyed this story I did find some of the dialect a bit difficult to follow I also thought that all of the characters with the exception of Dave to be a bit flatHellhound by Robin McKinley The adoption of a really ugly dog changes a young woman forever I really enjoyed this story with it's slight dip into the modern paranormal world I wish that the story could have continued and shown what other situations could have been conueredFireworm by Peter Dickinson In a time when fire is the greatest technology an outcast young man must save his clan from a fireworm My favorite of Peter Dickinson's stories I really enjoyed the bittersweet aspects of the story and that Peter allowed us to know the other side of the coinSalamander Man by Peter Dickinson A young slave is taken from the only home he has known and left alone is a bare room I enjoyed the interactions of the slave and his owner but the middle of the story fell a little bit flat for meFirst Flight by Robin McKinley Ern wants to heal and help people in a land where healers are considered disreputable because no one should admit to needing healing When his brother a dragon rider cadet comes home with the news that he has been assigned to a broken dragon for his First Flight Ern must stop hiding himself to help his brother and dragon finding a place for himself in the processThis is the longest story in the collection and could have easily gone on to become a whole book I definitely did not want this story to stop when it did and wanted to know what kind of place Ern made for himself in the world I loved itMy RecommendationI really enjoyed this book and will read it again The stories are all family friendly If you enjoyed Water Tales of Elemental Spirits you will also enjoy Fire Tales of Elemental Spirits 45 Wait for a coupon

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Ure4 Salamander Man a slave saves his village with a fiery spell 5 Phoenix a girl's new friend is older than he appea Phoenix This was a really interesting tale and a fun twist on various mythological stories I liked the old man as a character but the woman and girl weren't as interesting 4 starsHellhoud A true McKinley tale with horses and dogs and other worldly happenstances Sometimes the and the mystical creature helped the girl save the day ending works really well ie The Blue Sword sometimes this time I feel like we really need a few dots to help us see action and wrap thing up 3 starsFireworm Boring Like I fell asleep reading it boring 1 starSalamander Man Great start but ran out of steam I would have liked to see with the salamanders or the boy slave There really wasn't any explanation on why that particular boy was chosen 2 starsFirst Flight McKinley at her finest This was the longest story in the compilation and the most interesting Supporting characters are sufficiently interestinghumanuirky to keep my attention and the dog creature is of course endearing There is some rambling which is McKinley's writing style but it works well even in the short story format I feel like this tale may have birthed the idea for Dragonhaven or perhaps they are connected in some way they could definitely be cousins Reading them back to back like I did this time around made me wish again that Dragonhaven had some extra editing or something because First Flight shows us just how amazing McKinley is with world building in magical realms 5 stars

  • Hardcover
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  • Fire Tales of Elemental Spirits #2
  • Robin McKinley
  • English
  • 21 July 2019
  • 9780399252891

About the Author: Robin McKinley

Peter Dickinson also a writer and of Elemental eBook ´ with whom she co wrote Water Tales of Elemental Spirits in and two lurchers crossbred sighthoundsOver the years she has worked as an Fire Tales PDF/EPUB ² editor and transcriber research assistant bookstore clerk teacher and counselor editorial assistant barn manager free lance editor and Tales of Elemental ePUB ☆ full time writer Other than writing and reading books she divides her time mainly between walking her hellhounds gardening cooking playing the piano homeopathy change ringing and keeping her blog.