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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful selection, 30 May 2014
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This review is from: Pandemonium: Ash (Kindle Edition)
Delightful selection of short stories that made yesterday's travel home on the tube wiz by!
Selected it as love Nerine Dorman's writing and was pleasantly surprised with the diverseness but integrating stories throughout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible, bite-size flASH fiction, 23 Nov 2013
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The stories collected in Ash are about the aftermath of an apocalyptic catastrophe and what is released by the opening of the volcano. It's an interesting collection set in Jurassic's shared world of Pandemonium. Compared to Jurassic London's previous short story chapbooks, Ash contains double the amount of stories, but the stories are of a much shorter length, at most 700 words. One could almost consider them flash fiction. Ranging from ship's logs relating the immediate aftermath of the eruption to stories of survival and the monstrous creatures surfacing not just close by Krakatau, but also as far away as South Africa, these stories show the resilience of human life and the weirdness of this alternate version of Earth. My favourite pieces were those who focused on the human aspects instead of the monsters. Charlie Human's A Raft is rather entertaining in the utter insanity of its dialogue, until the twist is revealed and it's not funny, but horrific. My other favourite was Lavie Tidhar's Waves, a thoughtful piece from the perspective of an inhabitant of a Pacific Island, who remembers his own people's history with volcanoes.

Ash is a very, very quick read, due to its short length. Despite the shortness of the stories, they provide plenty to mull over and if you're looking for a collection of quick, bite-size stories to read over lunch or during your commute, Ash is a good choice. The collection is available for free from various online retailers, so at that price of entry, who could resist?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Free, short short stories., 6 Nov 2013
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Glen Mehn (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pandemonium: Ash (Kindle Edition)
First of all, it's free. Why are you reading this and not reading it? Go get it now. Read it over lunch. Then ignore everything I have to say. I've already used up a third of my space.

The rest of this, though, I can use to tantalise you with Lavie Tidhar's people appeasing gods in the south Pacific. Charlie Human's seriously creepy wedding-raft. Richard de Nooy's mer-horse-people-things. Dan Green's end of the world monster, rising - literally - from the sea, and taking eyes. Nerine Dorman's skin-crawling wtf. It's fun. It's short. It's filled with amazing talent.

Did I mention free?
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