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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Candlemark & Gleam (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936460157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936460151
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,975,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Carlson is the international bestselling author of "Plague Year," "Interrupt" and "The Frozen Sky." To date, his work has been translated into sixteen languages worldwide. His new novel is "Frozen Sky 2: Betrayed."

Readers can find free fiction, videos, contests, and more on his web site at jverse.com

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Jeff Carlson is the international bestselling author of "Plague Year" and "The Frozen Sky." To date, his work has been translated into fifteen languages worldwide. "Long Eyes" is the first complete collection of his award-winning short fiction. Readers can find free excerpts, videos, contests, and more on his web site at http://www.jverse.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Devonald on 22 Nov. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the second e-book I have read by Jeff Carlson, the other being The Frozen Sky. I absolutely loved "The Frozen Sky" and it was with some excitement I read this book. Now, short stories I always find are a bit hit or miss, in every good collection (even from my favourites like Neil Gaiman) there are some dud stories. Not so in this collection.

I'll admit, after reading the first story 'Long Eyes', which this collection is named after, I did have some reservations. There were similar idea's and themes to Frozen Sky, with finding a new race on a different planet, and I was concerned that this was going to be more of the same. Luckily however this was the only similarity that Jeff Carlson has managed to make. The stories themselves are very varied, with Sci-fi tales mixed in with a little bit of fantasy, and stories that are just about people with no influence from sci-fi or fantasy.

Personal favourites included 'Caninus', a very different take on an old legend, which did something that is very rare thing for me in horror stories, it actually scared me at times. Another stand out story was 'Monsters'. This was a VERY dark tale, and it was interesting watching the transformation in the main characters personality, and makes you wonder just how many other people would react in a similar way if they found themselves in that situation.

One thing that really made this collection work was the afterword with each story. Each one is unique, and offers insight into the authors mind. It also makes sense of what the author was attempting to do with the short stories, which I find isn't always clear with short stories.

I cannot recommend this collection enough, along with The Frozen Sky, there is so much variety in the collection that there will be something in there for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Horrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2012
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This is a collection of almost twenty science fiction (in various styles) stories, magazine articles, and various other pieces of writing. Every story also has an Afterword from the author explaining something about how and why he wrote that particular piece - I enjoyed reading these as I always appreciate seeing what influenced the author to write a particular story.

All of the stories have previously been published in various science fiction publications over the last 10 years or so, and are all of a very high standard indeed. The stories range from a very short couple of minutes reading, to longer short stories that will take twenty minutes to half an hour to read with the overall collection including the Afterwords being a fraction under 3000 Kindle locations long.

Kindle presentation is particularly good with several cover illustrations for individual stories that look just as good on the Kindle as they do in colour on my PC.

As for picking a favourite story? This is actually harder than I thought as I really did enjoy every one and they are all so different to each other. The title story Long Eyes, was particularly nicely done though, as was Planet of the Sealies, with both of these stories featuring some nicely done misdirection that had me looking the wrong way.

Overall: - 5 stars - A really good collection of writing from Jeff Carlson and exactly what a short story collection should be in my opinion - varied, intense and hard hitting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane E. Nicholson on 29 Nov. 2012
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This is a collection of widely varying styles of story. I was moved by several of them, but not depressed as I have sometimes been after reading Sci-Fi.

I had forgotten when I starting reading the first story that this was a collection of short stories. It read so much like the introduction for a piece that I wanted to read the whole of, that I found myself disappointed when it was over. Fortunately, there's The Frozen Sky so that I can immerse myself fully in one of Jeff's worlds.

If I had to choose a favourite from the collection (other than the title piece), I think it would be the story of Al, who is unavoidably separated from his parents, and their reactions to this sad situation. Both parents' reactions seem so natural and inevitable, and I especially enjoyed the mother's growth in response to changing circumstances.

1 formatting issue: I would have preferred the Kindle version to have the author's comments as footnotes, so that they could be skipped. Occasionally they were a distraction more than adding to the enjoyment of the story by giving a deeper understanding of the author's purpose.

* I was given a free copy of this anthology for review purposes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Brooks on 22 Dec. 2013
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I purchased this book on the strength of the reviews (limited in number) and the first story which was a sample read. I was I'm afraid duped by the first story and the reviews (which were positive, they must have read a different book). I read about 7 stories and gave up. They were, without exception, poorly written and quite frankly boring. To make things worse the author, a legend in his own lunchtime, explains after each story why he wrote it. On one occasion the explanation is longer than the story!

All stories lack clearly defined plots, structure and character definition. They are at about a C standard at A level, avoid like the plague.
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