Pros: Just plain piratic fun!
Rating: 5 out of 5
Catherine Lundoff edits the anthology Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). The stories in here run the gamut from whimsical and charming to somewhat dark. They range from historical or alternate history time periods to the near and far futures. There’s even some post-apocalyptic fun in here.
This is also an excellent LGBTQ anthology. There are same-sex relationships, at least one polyamorous relationship, and a couple of trans characters. There are plenty of women pirates, as well. Most often the same-sex relationships and trans characters are depicted as right at home amongst the piratical outcasts, but in at least one case society is not so tolerant.
Hidden treasure is found and then lost again. Slaves are rescued accidentally. Dark gods and aliens attack out of the shadows. Unlikely people of all walks of life decide to become pirates, and often stick with it. Pirates fight with daggers, pistols, AK-47s, missiles, and laser cannons. They search for legendary treasures, attack for enough loot to keep themselves operational, and fight out of sheer cussedness. Locales range from wandering islands to a barrier between realms, swamps to a mysterious black temple, flooded post-apocalypse New York City, and the spacelanes.
This is the second anthology I’ve read recently that I’ve given a 5 out of 5 to, and that’s really unusual. Generally your tastes as a reader are highly unlikely to magically match up with the tastes of the editor, yet I didn’t find a single story in here that I disliked. I even loved the whimsical tale in which all of the pirates are rodents and they team up with a kraken named Agnes to go after a treasure!
The wide variety of enjoyable tales in here is so much fun to read. I highly recommend this anthology!