In this third installment of my review/story-analysis of our Welcome to Pacific City anthology, I tackle the next two stories in that collection. By the way, did I mention there are 14 stories in total? So, if I continue to do two at a time – do the math – we have four more mini-reviews to complete this series.
Okay, now that we got that out of the way…
The next pair of stories look to the future and the past, and funny how both characters in each story aim to control their world in ways we could only dream about.
The Witchcraft by Gil Williamson
This story starts out with a criminal wanting to know their future. (Don’t we all want to know that?) And our heroine is a charlatan and her job is to tell her clients what they want to hear – even if it will kill them.
The Witchcraft does an elegant job of dropping us into the seedy undercarriage of Pacific City, introducing us to the folks who really run the city. I think I liked this story so much because I enjoyed how the heroine spoke. She’s in command of her environment and wasn’t afraid of letting that permeate her words and actions.
The story takes a slight turn I wasn’t expecting, which is always a nice surprise.
The Gift of Gabby by Matt Hughes
Matt Hughes is a popular Canadian author who often writes sneaky anti-heroes and charismatic criminals. One of our featured authors, his story, The Gift of Gabby, looks to the past of our beloved Pacific City and tells its origin. Or, more accurately, tells of how one special person can make a difference in the direction a city goes in.
That’s it for today. Look for more to come next week.
Until next time,
N. E. White