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Scenes from the Second Storey - International Edition

Scenes from the Second Storey - International Edition [Kindle Edition]

Ian Whates , KV Taylor , Gary McMahon , Paul Kane , Shannon Page , Gerard Brennan , Mike Stone , Joseph D'Lacey , Mark Deniz , Sharon Ring

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Thirteen tales of murder, revenge, betrayal, obsession and desire - your usual fare? Well not when adding the fact that all these stories were inspired by The God Machine’s album of the same name, a concept queried by some before reading the first of these two themed anthologies:

When I first became aware of the Scenes from the Second Storey anthology (from Morrigan Books), I was sceptical. I believed it would be simply another of those themed anthologies that was so bizarre and narrow in its vision that it possessed little value except as a novelty. How could it be anything else?

…Publisher Mark S. Deniz should be congratulated for bringing an obscure band back into the light. Since reading the anthology and listening to the songs, I've become fond of The God Machine's music, which is a cross pollination I'm sure Deniz was hoping to achieve.

Shane Jiraiya Cummings
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Now comes the second instalment, following on from the Australian authors penning their wonderful versions of The God Machine’s classic tracks to a mix of international authors, commissioned by Morrigan Books to give their take of the songs. How similar are the two written versions to the album’s tracks? Do they capture the essence? You the reader can decide for yourselves!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Morrigan Books (10 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00663HYNQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #759,064 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great anthology 23 May 2011
By Alan Baxter - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
If you think you recognise the title Scenes From The Second Storey from previous posts, you'd be right. It's been nominated for Best Anthology in the Aurealis Awards, Ditmar Awards and Australian Shadows Awards, and numerous stories from it have been nominated all over the place as well. It's got a lot of attention and deservedly so. I picked up a copy after the launch at Worldcon last year and it's just made it to the top of my reading pile.

Scenes is a strange but rather cool concept. Mark Deniz of Morrigan Books came up with the idea, based in his love of the God Machine album of the same name - Scenes From The Second Storey. He wanted to pay homage to that, one of his favourite albums, by editing an anthology of short fiction, with each story being named after each track on the record. In the end two anthologies emerged - one with international contributors and one with Australian contributors. It's the Australian edition, edited by the ably talented Amanda Pillar and Pete Kempshall, that I read. The talent commisioned for this book is awesome - here's the ToC:

Dream Machine - David Conyers
She Said - Kirstyn McDermott
The Blind Man - Felicity Dowker
I've Seen The Man - Paul Haines
The Desert Song - Andrew McKiernan
Home - Martin Livings
It's All Over - L.J. Hayward
Temptation - Trent Jamieson
Out - Stephen Dedman
Ego - Robert Hood
Seven - Stephanie Campisi
Purity - Kaaron Warren
The Piano Song - Cat Sparks

Each story takes its name and inspiration from a song on the album, with each author penning a speculative yarn in their own unique style. There's really not a weak story in this book, but the real standouts for me were Kirstyn McDermott's She Said, a creepy exploration of art and muse; Robert Hood's Ego, an out there ghost story that takes some great twists and turns; and Kaaron Warren's Purity, a tale exploring a cult of purity and laughter that is just beautiful in concept and execution. Seriously, Kaaron's work is invariably mind-blowing, she really is a prodigious talent. Her collection, Dead Sea Fruit, is quickly rising to the top of my reading pile and I can't wait.

So Scenes manages to be that rare thing - a different, intriguing anthology with no weak spots. It's also made me deseperate to hear the record now, so I'll be picking that up soon. It sounds like it's just my cup of tea. After each story the author has written a paragraph or two about how their story came to be, based on their listening to the track in question, which only adds to the depth of the book.

So get yourself a copy - you can get it in print or ebook.
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