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Ironic Contradictions

I'm a long time reader - since way back when I was seven. That makes it over three quarters of my life that I will be a reader for. But it is worth it. When I'm not reading or wasting my time online on here or Goodreads I'll be off playing video games, studying teaching and messing around with friends and pop culture. Or reading some more.
Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales - Tamora Pierce I always find collections of short stories difficult to review (unless Edgar Allen Poe or Anton Chekhov are the writers). In the case of Tortall and Other Lands I found that I really loved the quality of many of the stories and the plot lines that allowed them to conclude nicely. However there were around three stories that I found detracted on the whole from the overall book. It particularly did not help that those stories were right near the very end when a novel should be concluding strongly.

I must applaud the manner in which this collaboration began. With what was in my opinion the more interesting story. It contained depth, warmth, emotional satisfaction and a classic Tortall-style plot. Yet as mentioned the two final stories were in my view too sharp a contrast. They lacked the same stylistic tone of the opening tale and so the strong opinion I had of the novel crashed down around me. If the final two stories featured instead in a separate collection then I believe this would earn a four star review from me.