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Kathy Davie’s 'alternative-history' books on Goodreads (34 books)A collection of thirty-one short stories in fantasy, science fiction, and both that range throughout worlds, space, and history.
Balance (The Way*, 1)
Dragons Teeth (The Way, 2)
* My name for this small series
The Enemy of My Enemy is a short story set in Robert Adams Horseclans world.
SKitty (SKitty, 1)
A Tail of Two SKittys (SKitty, 2)
SCat (SKitty, 3)
A Better Mousetrap (SKitty, 4)
Nightside (Diana Tregarde, 0.5)
Satanic, Versus (Diana Tregarde)
Stolen Silver (Valdemar)
Gray (Elemental Masters)
Grays Ghost (Elemental Masters)
For Those About to Rock (The Secret World Chronicles)
Haunt You (The Secret World Chronicles)
Valse Triste (The Secret World Chronicles)
White Bird (The Secret World Chronicles)
Sgian Dubh (The Secret World Chronicles)
Aliens Ate My Pickup is too funny and will certainly appeal to anyone who owns a pet that eats everything!
Small Print is with Larry Dixon and delves into televangelists and pacts with the devil. Oh, yeah, baby, always, always, always read the fine print. I must say, it does explain how it is that so many of these wicked televangelists do so well...
Last Rights is with Larry Dixon and pokes fun at protestors and terrorists who are all about animal rights. And the fact that such people really have got to do their homework.
Dumb Feast is not nice, as Lackey warns us. But it does prove that nice guys can finally finish, as this put-upon wife gets her own back on her domineering husband of the late 1800s. Not that it doesnt still continue today, ahem.
Dance Track is a blend of Lackeys and Dixons interests as we follow Isadora Duncan from dance to car racing to engineering, as she teaches Jimmy Dean to be the best racer he can be.
I enjoyed how Lackey/Dixon pulled in both of their histories and came up with something better for both of em.
Jihad involves Lawrence of Arabia and a what-if scenario that turns around the events at Deraa. If only Lackey had gone farther and re-shaped that world into todays. I wonder what it would look like.
Once and Future is set in Australia and is a crack-up, as the future King Arthur makes a profound decision about Excalibur.
Fiddler Fair was the inspiration for Lackeys Bardic Voices and follows Rune, a girl who dares to think she can become a bard. Fabulous! I am prejudiced, since I adore Bardic Voices.
Balance is the first story of Martis and Lyran and how they meet.
Dragons Teeth is one nasty adventure for Martis and Lyran, as they struggle to survive an enemy city with nothing to hand.
The Cup and the Caldron is a blend of Christianity and paganism with a nun and a witch having a dream that could save their land. Whether that salvation be cup or caldron all depends upon your perspective.
The Enemy of My Enemy is heartwarming at the start and end and horrible in the middle with a corrupt king and his son who will destroy anyone to get what they want. A story set in Robert Adams Horseclans world, and now I need to read those, simply because this was so good.
Werehunter is sad as the protagonist suffers so much and then stumbles into an alternate world where she discovers the freedom of her true self. Only, she gets cocky and could be doomed.
SKitty is too much fun as we follow the adventures of a spacer and the ships cat who share a psychic bond on a world that holds in awe anyone who can train an animal.
A Tail of Two SKittys is a blessing in disguise when a fellow shipping company takes exception to CatsEye Company having negotiation privileges on Lacuun.
This ones a pip, lol. Hmmm, I think it could make a good kids cartoon...
SCat relates the search Dick makes to learn Prrreets origins, only it lets the drug smugglers know where Prrreet is.
A Better Mousetrap is a tricky tale of warring ideologies, and Vena comes up with a better way to disarm the bad guys.
Now if only we could do the same...
The Last of the Season is a well-written and disgusting tale of a pedophile as he gloats while listening to the television reports about the missing Molly. And its terrifying how easily he eased her into thinking he was safe. Not to worry, theres a truly gruesome ending...
Satanic, Versus is a costume party for Mrs Peel and Steed, a.k.a., Diana Tregarde and Andre LeBrel in which they banish a monster not invited to the party.
Nightside is Diana Tregardes very first professional appearance as an occult detective chasing down a soul serial killer.
Wet Wings is set in a horrible dystopian world in which magic conflicts with the new world order. It seems that all, ALL, must be equal or youre not allowed to exist.
Stolen Silver is Lackeys first Valdemar story, and we discover how Alberich first comes to Valdemar.
Roadkill is scary and proves out that proverb about curiosity killing the cat!
Operation Desert Fox is a match made in heaven between two outmoded, about-to-be-retired soldiers: Siegfried OHarrigan and Rommel, a Bolo tank. Friendship is easy given their mutual interest in Erwin the Desert Fox Rommel. When you put two intelligent beings together...well...you get heroes.
Gray was a story intended to demonstrate parrot behavior and tells us the story of how Sarah Lyon-White met Nan Killian. It leads into...
Grays Ghost continues to follow Sarah and Nan as they help Memsab unmask a tricky medium.
For Those About to Rock with Dennis Lee is a blip into a mission that goes wrong for Red Djinni, and it is incredible how much information Lackey/Lee cram into this short. Albeit quite a bit of it is background info from Victrix who has some great insults, lol.
Haunt You with Cody Martin is another blip into a mission in Kansas City in which John has a flashback into how he was turned.
Valse Triste is the tale of a young Jewish pianist who has been a prisoner of Gruppenfuhrer Bruenner for over two years, dreaming of escape. Her impetus will be Brunnhilde, whose voice is a secret weapon.
White Bird is a sad tale of a woman who loves to fly and the dogfight that forces her transformation.
Sgian Dubh is the code name for a Scottish metahuman sent in to rescue Yankee Doodle and Dixie Belle from a German prison/lab.
The Cover and Title
The cover is wild with the gold and brown jaguar, its teeth bared, prowling into the rocky cave, its A-shaped door frame a scientific wonder. At the horizon in the background is a pool of lights from civilization, one that appears to be set in a desert at twilight with the muddy blues and purples of sunset. The authors name is at the top in a blue outlined white with a circular badge for the publisher at the bottom right. Almost at the bottom on the left, is the title in a black-outlined orange-to-yellow gradation. A testimonial is at the very bottom in white.
The title is one of the short stories, the Dragons Teeth that must be nurtured.
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