Well now here’s a favourite – Leila has been hi-jacked by Nik’s wonderful character Stormcrow – I reckon he either sweet-talked her or knocked her over with a feather – anyway this is what she said.
I deliberately chose this piece to underscore the wonderful idea of merging the product of one writer’s imagination with the vision of another writer’s fancy. For whatever reason, other than in parody, the good scribes of yore were hesitant to do such, even though the fantastic universes of Oz, Narnia, Middle Earth and such were almost instantly iconic, well loved and open for exploration.
This sort of thing, however, can be dangerous if the wandering author enters a beloved land and leaves ugsome graffiti on the ancient and hallowed halls instead of establishing his or her own point of view. A Shaggy Crow Story by Nik Eveleigh has its own point of view, sense of humor and a visa to Mordor. I am recommending that you go into the tale of Stormcrow the way I did, by reading this third installment first then backtracking to A Crow in a Storm. There’s something about the experience I believe to be similar to the brain rush one gets while sucking down one’s third Tequila Tommyknocker in the space of fifteen minutes.
The first paragraph in the aptly titled A Shaggy Crow Story has a wonderfully nasty way of making you want to blow your nose. The thing just plain messes with you. To which I ask, why read if you aren’t up to a challenge?