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There are four short stories in this collection, and each one takes about 5-10 minutes or so to read - they are perfect for those periods in your life where you just have a little while to read as you don't get too engrossed into it then get disappointed when you have to stop. For me, I read two of them while getting an oil change and the others during my lunch break at work.
Of the four stories, I will say The Bellhound was my favorite and I found myself laughing at the concept as well as admiring the author's gumption as she was able to pull it off: without having a spoiler, if someone had told me prior to reading this I would have enjoyed a story of a substitute dog like this, I wouldn't believe it. Nice job.
I initially got this collection during a Kindle free promotion and, as I write this review, the price is now 99 cents: it's worth it!
The first story -- about a woman in need, an inventive witch, and a curiously endearing companion -- was the strongest. It's quirky without being annoying and had just the right amount of detail. I felt the rest of the stories dropped off a bit, which is why I went down to three stars.
Although all four stories are well-crafted, the title story is far and away my favorite. I was entranced by the idea of the bell-hound and wish I had one of my own. I can't wait to read Moon Child: Ready or Not, which features some of the same characters. If this were a paper copy it would already show signs of being passed among family and friends.
LaGuire knows how to write AND she knows how to tell a story. There was no awkwardness in style or voice to distract from the story. This is one of the good ones!