Friday, October 23, 2009

Reviewette - "Ninja Rats on Harleys" by Elizabeth A. Vaughn

Anthology: Zombie Raccoons and Killer Bunnies edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes

For the next story in this anthology how could I couldn't resist a title like Ninja Rats on Harleys by Elizabeth Vaughn. Elizabeth has written a couple of fantasy series that I quite like including The Chronicles of the Warlands and Dagger-Star.

Kate a rather ordinary woman, and ex-fantasy writer, has acquired a talking magical mouse named Wan. She accepts this bend of reality with some equanimity. As the story opens (with the tongue-in-cheek line "It was a dark and stormy night.") they are returning from the hospital where Kate's injuries have been treated (a bite on the thumb) after a battle with magical rats and their possum leader in her home.

On their return drive, they are again attacked by the rats and possum that have suddenly become human-sized and are riding Harleys. The emergency room doctor who seems to know more about things than he should comes to their rescue. The Doctor forces an explanation for events out of Wan and Kate embraces a destiny that may involve dragons, but it is hard to tell because the story ends with a TOTAL CLIFF-HANGER! The above may seem non-sensical but it is very, very engaging and funny. It has a kind of Tim Burton vibe going for it. And Kate has a wonderful narrative voice.

1 comment:

  1. This title is what convinced me to rent the book. I want there to be more to the story.


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