Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The Handsome Prince, edited by Neil Plakcy
We all know the fairy tale. The handsome prince comes riding up on his white stallion and rescues the beautiful princess from her enchantment with a single kiss. Then they ride off together to live happily ever after. But what if the person longing for that handsome prince is a man himself?
Neil Plakcy's "The Handsome Prince" is a mix of traditional and contemporary stories. Each read gives us a look into a "prince's" life with its own unique fairy-tale atmosphere.
I really enjoyed this anthology. It is very rare that I come across an antho that every story appeals to me and this one did. There was humor, charm and handsome men and an underlay of passion and desire in these stories. I loved the fairy tale feel of each one even though they were contemporary based. The stories were cleanly written with a beginning a middle and an ending to each not often found in anthos. I had no questions at the end of these stories as they wrapped up nicely with a happy ending or happy for now. Out of the 14 short stories, the gems for me were Creiso Flats and the Big Spread, In the Clearing, The Master and Secret Service, but all in all this was a great anthology.
4 ½ pens