I have been reading the book Johannes Cabal the Detective and I stumbled upon a recent short story available for free written by the author and continuing the adventures of Johannes. It is available at the Fantasy Magazine website which I had not known before. The magazine appears to provide a wealth of fantasy (read: not just swords & shields) literature, many for free and yet many in audio format. I am not sold on audio format myself but I can certainly see advantages for those who commute to work and would like a literary distraction to ones plodding asphalt meanderings to employment in the wee hours of dawn.
Currently I reside at a third through the novel but I took a short side trek to listen to the tale. Herein lies a short review.
The story is a tightly wound tale of Johannes unwavering mental capacity against a rather strange, and unique, protagonist. The writing is well crafted and the tale an interesting mix of steampunk and Sherlockian mystery. I have a few issues with the author’s writing, most notably his use of archaic terms and words that require even someone of some intelligence to question the breadth of his vocabulary. This practice does add to the feel and atmospherics of the tale, but at time it was a bit contrived and made the passages difficult to get through. Of course, I might be biased as I prefer reading to be something easy and not necessarily a challenge.
The tale told, however, is entertaining and provides a quick introduction to the writing and tales of Johannes Cabal. I enjoyed it enough that I will certainly be continuing my reading of the the Detective.