Review: Tales of the Talisman Volume 4 Issue 4
Janni Lee Simner
Nice story about an alternative future world where Dragon’s exist and the consequences of their existence in relation to one teenager, in particular.
A rather long fantasy story concerning the investigation of a witch’s death. Competently told, but I never really symphasized with any of the major characters in the story, possibly because I was a little confused by all the different characters and events in the story. It was perhaps a little ambitious and wasn’t able to build a solid enough foundation from which I could confidently experience the tale.
Clever story, saying much about it would weaken the impact of the narrative, but it is a story that carries you along for a very enjoyable reading experience.
Dreams and Nightmares
Bradley H. Sinor
A story about the Templars and time traveling. Good story, well written, and engaging.
J Alan Erwine
The nation-strife that pervades Earth extends to its colonies on the moon. I emphasized with the main character and his assessment of conflict.
Red House, Blue House, My House, Your House
Mark Anthony Brennan
A future world where all travel is done by teleporation, but in a system that is heavily regulated. This is a family story, a modern son, and a father who belongs to an earlier period, and their conflict over this changing technology.
Ain’t Technology Wonderful
A disturbing tale of what happens when a government becomes overzealous and exerts too heavy a hand over its citizens.
Collar and Chain
The journal of a man trying to survive in a future world where people have become pets for uncaring aliens. While not an original concept, this story takes the reader into a solid world, interesting in and of itself, narrated by a like able character. A good story.
Michael D. Turner
A space rescue goes oddly wrong. A satisfying mystery tale, set deep in space.
This is a story about a rather exclusive writer’s group, where new members are frowned upon… extremely frowned upon. Obvious, but fun.
I enjoyed this story concerning magic hidden away in an old house. Unique, and well written, I was drawn into the story.
Secret Lives of the Undead
A short-short from the perspective of one particular undead. Good.
Where Time Slips
Lee Clark Zumpe
This is one of the best in this issue, an involved story — a mysterious house, disappearances, and hauntings. I was hooked; struggling to figure out the secret behind the house, along with the protagonist. Well told, and well worth the read.
A Fury’s Fortune
Robert T. Knight
We all struggle for acceptance, and Maggie has more to fear than most, when it comes to acceptance. Good story.
The Blessed Days
A very satisfying story. The concept of the Blessings, blood pouring from people every night, makes for such an intriguing world in which to explore the changed dynamics of a blossoming relationship. Very good.
Overall, I enjoyed this magazine and glad I’ve picked up a subscription to it.