Review: Rath and Storm.

“‘I mean, foolish boy, that what matters are the memories in our heads, not smudges of ink on paper.'”

Magic: the Gathering: Rath and Storm, a Magic: the Gathering Anthology” edited by Peter Archer

Calling Rath and Storm an anthology seems a little bit of a misnomer; though it’s a collection of stories put together by a variety of authors, all the stories tell the same broader story, settled in a framework of a scholar telling this tale to a boy. The plot is cohesive, usually not something I expect from something called an anthology, but I really loved the structure. Each “tale” is written by a different author and is, in turn, from a different character’s perspective. This structure lends very well to the variety of voices given to the events of the Weatherlight‘s venture into the Phyrexian world of Rath.

A few things I enjoyed about the book was the various voices, though a few of them were much stronger than the others, and I enjoyed the framework of a story-within-a-story that set up the different “tales.” I was easily invested in the characters and concerned about their successes, though I would have liked to have seen more of some characters and a little less of others. A solid tale, kind of a neat idea of having an anthology with a streamlined plot, but, overall, not exceptionally remarkable. It did give me a few idea for my own piratical stories, too, so that’s always a plus.

I also feel it necessary to note that this is the most egregiously poorly edited book I’ve ever encountered. I know that, with a lot of genre fiction that’s just pumped out to freelancers like a lot of the Magic: the Gathering books probably were, there’s a little bit of slack in editing. But this book had, by the end of it, FIFTEEN very obvious editing errors that I had noticed, and probably a few more that I didn’t. It’s only a three hundred page book. It’s kind of astonishing to me, but also a good case against those who complain about the problem with self-publishing is that so many books are poorly edited. Believe me. Poor editing was happening well before the advent of the eBook. Rath and Storm, published in 1998, proves just that.

Books read: 033/100.


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