Imaginative, Macabre, Humorous
There are MANY memorable moments in these Nifft stories and that's what exactly makes his adventures the classics that they are. Shea fills these luscious stories with myriad macabre creatures, odd but charming characters and an occasional wry sense of humor that doesn't undermine the seriousness of the danger.
It's rare to find good fantasy stories that feature so many elements of horror and I've found this to be the BEST series of stories of its kind. The only other fantasy horror stories that I have found to be on its level are the Kane stories by Karl Edward Wagner.
John Morgan did a fine job with this reading. He stressed words properly at the right times for the best effect and added subtle nuances that made the drama very realistic. He not only maintained the proper tone throughout but clearly understood the material and really helped to bring the book to life. A splendid job indeed! Looking forward to more of this man's work.
It made me laugh many times, but most of all it created the most fascinating visuals in my mind that were as stark as those in any movie I've ever seen. Shea has an uncanny ability to evoke sophisticated creatures with strange behavior patterns that are incredibly realistic with all of the unique nuances of a person with a strange personality whom you might have met.
Shea also has a wickedly clever sense of humor and imbues in his characters with charming personalities. He is very adept at knowing when to inject this humor and when to let the dangers play out in a serious manner so that the humor never 'winks' at you but is often simply a result of dire predicaments that are as funny as they are frightening.
It's an exhilarating experience to go on these adventures with Nifft and it's a series that I wish would never end.
Michael Shea is one of the MOST underrated writers of our time. He stories are like a wonderful merging of Jack Vance, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith with a dash of Robert E. Howard. This man will be considered a legend in the future when many more people have discovered his work, but he's living right now and needs all the encouragement he can get to continue writing these fantastic tales that will thrill, horrify and delight generations to come. I urge anyone interested in dark, gloriously sophisticated fantasy imbued with clever humor to PLEASE seek out this man's work and give it your attention. You won't be sorry.
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