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Anansi Island

Anansi Island [Kindle Edition]

Christian Cantrell
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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A quiet and remote wildlife refuge, Anansi Island was the perfect place for Laurel to escape her past. But throughout the island's history, its isolation also made it the perfect place to hide things the world was never meant to see.

As Laurel finds herself entangled in the island's newest and most bizarre chapter, she must not only solve its mysteries, but also survive long enough to pass them on.

This short story (about 7,500 words) mixes science fiction and horror with endearing and enigmatic characters who can only solve the mysteries of Anansi Island by facing their worst fears.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 101 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cantrell Media Company (26 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003O85YLK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #244,399 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short Story 13 Dec 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Not a bad story, and well written, but more of a "chapter one" than a short story in it's own right. Would be great if it had been finished.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Far too short 4 Dec 2013
By S. J. Hughes VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I liked this short story, but it is way to short. The ending was the pits. This could have been a great book, if the author had wanted to spend the time - perhaps it was just a water tester.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Diverting, but not immersive enough 5 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I agree with the previous review. This was entertaining, but it didn't punch me enough (if that makes sense). Likewise the prose was not as finely tuned as 'the human legacy' story, which I really enjoyed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read with a great protagonist 21 July 2010
By S. Deeth - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Anansi Island starts innocently enough, though there's clearly some history to be told. The teacher teaches cleverly enough, though the children are a little unruly. They're very real though, as is she, and they're easily imagined. Then the roller-coaster moves to the top of the climb.

Anansi Island is a successfully scary tale of a young woman trapped on a mysterious island, using her intelligence and wits to help her survive. Revelations come slowly, one step at a time, keeping the reader off balance while Laurel balances too much knowledge with slowly growing dread. There's none of the "Don't open the door" feel of the traditional horror movie, but plenty of "Uh Oh."

I liked that the protagonist was an intelligent woman making wise decisions. And I liked the logic of the tale. A fun and scary lunchtime read, I'd definitely recommend it. But don't eat outside, not where the spiders bite...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy book with a head scratching ending 20 May 2011
By Mathachew - Published on
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This is a book about an island with bugs, arachnids, and other kinds of insects. I'm not usually bugged out about, well, bugs, but the moment when Laurel encountered the praying mantis' made me a little bit squeamish. The only issue I have with the book is the somewhat unclear ending. Then again, it was an ending intending to make you think and I enjoyed contemplating what the ending meant. Still, some clarity would have helped since there are unanswered questions and assumptions can only be made. My second Cantrell book, and he's two for two!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars With a title including "Anansi" 24 Aug 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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After reading Containment, I picked up the rest of Cantrell's offerings. This, as with the others, was fun. It did not have the impact that Containment did. However, his presentation and style still make for a good read. The story maintained a logical flow led by the lead character even though it was "supposed" to be mysterious/scary. It was a nice balance that helped keep the reader unbalanced to the very (humorous) end.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How Do You Feel About Bugs? SPOILERS! 11 Aug 2011
By Lisa Wintler-cox - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Good, short and interesting.

As for the ending:

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Not to be too obvious, I'll point out some things.

The island is called Anansi Island. It was named after a trickster God by people who realized they'd been tricked into slavery by their own people.

The teacher didn't recognize the ranger...what if he was Bartlett?

Bartlett seemed very good at getting her to open up--like maybe it was his job or something?
He asked her a BUNCH of questions, basically debriefing her at the end.
She admitted she had "No one to call" as in no one to miss her if she disappeared. She told him she had a background in science and understood what was really going on in the lab.

At one point she says:

"There's certainly no shortage of brutality and deception among arthropods," Laurel said, "but they're predictable. Everything they do is about survival. They're not vindictive or jealous or greedy. They don't get power hungry. They take what they need, and that's it. They compete, but they follow rules. As long as you know those rules, and as long as you follow them yourself, you're fine." She looked up at Barrett. "In some ways, they have more dignity and integrity than we do."

After Bartlett went out--supposedly to make a call--she couldn't hear him talking on the phone.
The door he'd exited through was locked--so she couldn't get out.
There was a metal door at the back of the sleeping area....unusual...allowing something to be introduced into the building. Something big and buzzy was then put into the room with her.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Story 19 Jan 2011
By Luke Forney - Published on
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In Anansi Island, author Christian Cantrell presents a fun story of a scientist who is about to become much closer to the insects and spiders she studies than she ever imagined. The story is fast-paced, entertaining, and builds the main character well. While the ending was a little out of left field, it was still a good enough story to have me looking for more by the author. This short story is more than worth a look for the price.
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