Title: The Brimstone Journals: Collection One (Brimstone: Book Five)
Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Length: 284 Pages
At a Glance: A strange but delightful mix of genres in a ton of short stories involving an established crew.
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: The Brimstone. Cargo ship, hive of thievery and profiteering. Captained by a demon prince and manned by a crew that puts any batch of misfits to shame. You’ve come along with a cargo of anti-gravity cows and one of jeweled-toned potatoes. You’ve shared the horrors of frogs and nightmares. Now share some, more or less, quieter moments with the Brimstone crew—small snippets plucked from various spots in each personal timeline, from Shax and Verin’s childhood in Hell to after the events of Beside a Black Tarn.
The Brimstone Journals, Collection One also includes an exclusive holiday short story, never published as part of the blog series. Shax would probably like to keep it that way, but too bad.
Review: Okay, so full disclosure. When I requested this book to read, I did so because I saw it was from Angel Martinez, and she never disappoints. So, when I saw The Brimstone Journal: Collection One, I thought, <i>Oh, cool! All the Brimstone books in one volume, like an anthology, so I can get caught up on the series.</i> Well, joke was on me because that was most definitely not the case. This is actually book five in the Brimstone series, and, having no context, I found myself thrown in for quite a wild ride.
But, you know what? I liked it. I can’t comment on every short story because there are a ton of them, but I will say that I enjoyed each one. Even though they are short—a few hundred words at most—I still got a clear view of the characters, and it made me want to read the rest of the series even more.
I also liked that Martinez includes a frame of reference for each short. She has placed when they happen within the timeframe of the series, which will make it enjoyable for already established fans of the series because they will be able to see little snippets.
Also, it was so refreshing to see such an interesting mashup of genres. I mean really, science fiction and demons? A demon prince in charge of a cargo ship in space? With angels involved? Who thinks of something like this? Angel Martinez, that’s who, and what a fun ride!
I look forward to getting to know Shax and crew even more when I go back to read the entire series. And then I’ll reread The Brimstone Journal again to further appreciate the flash fiction.
You can buy The Brimstone Journals: Collection One here: