this is the 63rd in my series of forgotten books
Tales of Zorro by Richard Dean Starr, editor © 2008, Moonstone Entertainment 2008 trade paper – historical adventure, short stories
These 17 new stories use the original Zorro character and setting and abide by the general character traits most readers who buy or borrow this collection will recognize and expect. It’s been a goodly time since I saw The Mask of Zorro film with Bandaras, and a lot longer since I saw or read any other Zorro, or watched the Disney series, but I thoroughly enjoyed these stories and now I’m interested in reading more.
Contributors, in order of appearance
- Guy Williams, Jr. with Matthew Baugh: “Introduction”
- Sandra Curtis: “Forward”
- Jeff Mariotte: “Mission Gold”
- Robin Wayne Bailey: “The Return of Don Ramon”
- Robert Greenberger: “Flood of Tears”
- Peter David: “Colors Seen by Candlelight”
- Greg Cox: “The Weeping Woman”
- Nancy Holder: “Zorro in the Valley of the Shadow”
- Tim Lasiuta and CJ Henderson: “The Fox and the Tiger”
- Elizabeth Massie: “Corazon de Oro”
- Richard Dean Starr: “Winds of Change”
- Jan Adkins: “The Feathered Cape”
- Mike Bullock and Matthew Baugh: “Enemy of My Enemy”
- Jean Schanberger: “More Than Meets Z Eye”
- Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin: “Stolen Heart”
- A. C. Crispin and Kathleen O’Malley: “Tornado Warning”
- Loren D. Estleman: “El Pajaro”
- Edward Gorman, Robert Morrish and Terence Butler: “The False Face”
- Max Allan Collins (an uncredited collaboration with Richard Dean Starr): “Zorro and the Fate Worse Than Death”
- Isabel Allende: “Afterword”
That’s a pretty good line-up, and there was only one clinker in the baych, as far as I was concerned, anyway. I am aware that not everyone likes these, either because they don’t match exactly the TV series or the original stories, but they ring true for me, and I really enjoyed them. There are some who will say setting and characters aren’t exact copies of what is to be found in the McCulley story that began the character. I’ve only read an excerpt of that story, “The Curse of Capistrano”. I think the editors here did a good job of setting up guidelines for the writers which result in enjoyable stories and they have the right “feel” of Old California as they should.
So, all that said, these stories work for me, and with only one or two weak entries I enjoyed them all. I borrowed the book from the library and liked it enough to buy my own copy along with the 2nd collection, More Tales of Zorro, also edited by Richard Dean Starr. Good stuff.
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