Kings of Under-Castle by Michael B. Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love anthologies, especially when they fit within the speculative realms and contain quirky, humorous characters. Kings of Under-Castle was all that and more.
To be honest, at first I didn't think I would enjoy these tales very much. I mean, how do you fall in love with two very odd characters--one a ravenous ogre of a man (Pickel), and the other (Weasle)a gangly fellow with snaggle-teeth--who live (in all places) in the sewers that serve the castle of their kingdom?
Well, never fear, readers! Pickel and Weasle WILL grow on you, despite the smell. Though they never venture that far from the castle, Michael B. Fletcher manages to provide them with an amazing variety of exploits. One minute, you're wincing at Weasle's failures in the love department, and the next, you're laughing because they've just outsmarted the castle's stuffy courtier again.
Each of the stories are short and complete enough on their own to read in spurts, yet they're all connected into one larger story. I hope you'll pick up a copy of this anthology. You may have to hold your nose at first, but soon, you'll get used to the smell, and will love joining Pickel and Weasle on their adventures!
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