The best comment on the forums so far--indeed, the only comment--I think helps sell the tale better than I could:
I think one of the things I enjoyed most about this story was the sense of wit underlying the tale. While it wasn't overtly humorous aka 'Another End of the Empire,' there were amusing details here and there that made me grin. Like Pheasant, the fire-breathing dragonsparrow. Best pet ever - I want one! :p
I do think its the underlying wit that makes this more than just a mishmash of various tales. Rather, its a mishmash, but one that's tongue-in-cheek. A fun listen!
In other news, my writing group buddy C.L. Anderson has won the Philip K. Dick award. AWESOME SAUCE.
435 days until my next book is due. It seems important that I keep on that metric.
And I have to go back to work tomorrow...