Jan 26, Joseph rated it really liked it. A collection of short stories about Dabir and Asim -- adventure fiction scimitar and sorcery? Several of the stories have a light element of mystery to them; they're narrated by Asim, who plays Watson to Dabir's Holmes. Ifrits and ghuls and other Arabian Nights-influenced creatures make appearances from time to time. It's a brief collection, but very enjoyable; it also includes the first several chapters of The Desert of Souls , a ful A collection of short stories about Dabir and Asim -- adventure fiction scimitar and sorcery?
It's a brief collection, but very enjoyable; it also includes the first several chapters of The Desert of Souls , a full-length Dabir and Asim novel. The characters of Dabir and Asim are well-rounded.
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Mar 20, Mikhail rated it really liked it. Very good short story collection. Asim and Dabir aren't going to turn anyone's world upside down, but they make for very pleasant companions alongside a cup of tea on a chilly evening. Jun 25, Julie Davis rated it liked it. I loved Jone's book The Desert of Souls and was delighted to see that he has collected these six stories as a prequel to the book.
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Unfortunately, the short stories weren't as good as the book, which of often the case, but does not have to be. All we must do is read some Sherlock Holmes for to prove that point. The details are rich, but the stories themselves seem somewhat hurried or simple somehow. Enjoyable but read The Desert of Souls or the sequel which I believe should be out soon. Feb 12, Phil rated it really liked it Shelves: Dabir is a wise scholar, while expert swordsman Asim acts as the brawn.
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They're a bit like Holmes and Watson in that respect. Trusted by the caliph, they're called upon by a variety of people in need. In the stories collected, the premise most often involves some supernatural mystery or a threat on an important figure's life. True to the genre, the stories are fast-paced, with swashbuckling action and strange creatures. The mystery elements are interesting, but Dabir often reaches conclusions with very little evidence, or at least none that's shared with the reader. As a result, these "brilliant deductions" can seem a little contrived.
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They'd ring a bit more true if Jones took more time placing hints beforehand. The Arabian Nights atmosphere is a bit low-key, but there's enough flavor to distinguish these stories from standard Western fantasy. This seemed superfluous to me, however, as most people likely to pick this book up have either read the novel and want to read Dabir and Asim's previously-published adventures, or those like me, who want to read these stories before moving onto the novel.
I'll be buying Desert of Souls, so I skipped this excerpt entirely. I look forward to reading more about Dabir and Asim's exploits. Perhaps the extra room will give Howard more time to develop his mystery plots, as well as treat the reader to a bit more Arabian atmosphere.
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Aug 21, Vincent Darlage rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. I like short stories and I like these characters, and this collection really delivered the goods.
The flavor of the Arabian Nights is present, and, well, these were just fun reads. Now the stories are way shorter than I expected them to be, some even felt like they were wrapped up pretty quickly so naturally not all of them were as entertaining to read. Out of the 6 of them I think I enjoyed two and was okay with the others, not that they were bad per say but felt lacking in some way. I really appreciate it when authors go further into any setting and try to incorporate as many real life angles to it as possible. I noticed it in the Desert of Souls as well but I let it go thanks to the bigger plot line, in here though, it was kind of hard to ignore.
Apr 08, Yune rated it really liked it Shelves: I started reading this while waiting in the doctor's office and ended up not minding the hour-long wait at all. I've previously read The Desert of Souls , which highlighted the same duo who feature in this set of short stories: Asim narrator, not terribly bright but a fantastic soldier and Dabir scholar extraordinaire. It's an effective combinations as the two battle both the supernatural and baser human motivations in their quest to help good folk entangled in big problems.
I think the pair s I started reading this while waiting in the doctor's office and ended up not minding the hour-long wait at all. I think the pair stands alone without any prior reading, though. They might draw comparisons to another literary crime-solving couple, Sherlock Holmes and Watson, but here the mysteries are only a symptom of the characters' true issues, and at their heart always lies a very human problem. Is an efreet threatening the family or it is the disgruntled nephew or both?
Could an old flame be interested once again, or is she consumed by jealousy? I can see why some people would complain that these stories are too simple, but I found them appealing for their directness and refusal to hide under an absurd number of layers. Also, Dabir is a far kinder and more honorable man than Holmes ever was.
And Asim gets to showcase his skills with the sword in totally non-gratuitous action scenes. It's a true partnership, rather than a great man and his observer. One of the highlights of Jones's writing is the humor, sly and none too subtle: If I did not leave the amulet on the courtyard steps at sunset tonight, my third daughter, the light of my home, should be carried off as a bride of Iblis! Small details evoke the physical setting beautifully. And the mythology is woven in deftly without feeling like stock creatures. Recommended for those who want a little swashbuckling with heart, and especially for those tired of Medieval Euro-based fantasy worlds.
May 29, Gilbert Stack rated it really liked it. The Waters of Eternity is a collection of his short mysteries featuring Dabir and Asim who live during the Abbasid Caliphate in the twelfth century Middle East. If these stories were set today they would probably be called urban fantasies for the world of Dabir and Asim differs from our historical one primarily in that supernatural threats are very real.
There are six stories in this collection, each a quick read with a good balance of mystery and action. Dabir is reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes while his companion is a hard driving action hero—loyal, strong and skilled in battle. My favorite of these tales is the titular story which both touches the reader with deft characterization and surprises and disturbs through skillful plot twists. Jones always provides a good story. Jan 28, Alex Smith rated it really liked it. I thoroughly enjoyed Desert of Souls, so was really looking forward to this. Unfortunately it doesn't live up to expectations - it's just too slight a work.
At pages on my e-reader and about a third of these being a preview of the earlier novel, the book merely gives you a taste of Asim and Dabir's adventures. Don't get me wrong, the stories are enjoyable, with plenty of sword-play, mysteries, and monsters, all in a well-written and believable setting, there's just not enough of them. Stil I thoroughly enjoyed Desert of Souls, so was really looking forward to this. Still, the next novel-length adventure should be out later this year, so I shall hope that provides a more satisfying read.
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