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CONFLICTS OF INTEREST,
This review is from: Tales of Tremendous Tragicide: Tranquillity Publishing Anthology 2013 (Paperback)
There's no drama without conflict...simply doesn't work without it. Drama without conflict is like a pencil without lead: kind of pointless. It's fortunate then that this book has conflict in spades. Fifteen very different short stories, fourteen of which I can tell you right now are seriously worth your time. The remaining one, well, I couldn't possibly say, you'll just have to decide for yourself.
Q: How so?
A: Because I'm one of the contributing authors and I guess that's MY conflict of interest.
Now if you think such a revelation somehow compromises the following PLEASE don't read any further. But that would be a shame because, check me out, I've always been straight with my opinions. Anyway, it's up to you, not down to me, so here goes...
TALES OF TREMENDOUS TRAGICIDE is a bold and appealing anthology in which everyone and everything gets put through an emotional ringer of some kind. From the contemporary to the historical, we are presented with stories that span the globe: THE ENGLISH ROSE AND THE CAPOEIRISTA, ASIA WITH AMY, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, CHINA DOLL; stories that require a taste for blood and a strong stomach: DIAS OF DISGRACE, LENNON PANG ONO; stories featuring unusual, sometimes comical, protaganists: FLIES, PLATE; stories where death is never straightforward: THE DEVIL'S LOST CHILD, NIGHT AT THE RIVER, THE WARD; and stories where love takes on many forms and faces: THE WEEPER, GIRL IN THE BLUE DRESS, A STORM AND A TEACUP. But what ties them all together is the process of change, a powerful, costly and, at times, terrible thing. Nothing ends where it began, no reset buttons are pushed and happy endings are only to be found in the sweet dreams of children. Actually, even they're not exempt...
Each author has their own unique style, demonstrating an abundance of invention and wit and it's what makes this anthology so rewarding. Look out for future developments from these guys.
As for the cover, a clever montage, it's yet another little pleasure trying to identify which element comes from which story. And who is that funny looking guy with the guitar?
Tales of Tremendous Tragicide, Volume One, a worthy effort from Tranquillity Publishing. Oh, and if you've been counting you may have noticed one story missing from the above, the one that falls under, you know, conflict of interest - shhh - the one I can't mention. But is it any good? Well, even if I whispered quietly that it most certainly was blah blah, etc etc, I would have to shoot you. Or me. And I couldn't do that. However, were you to come across my evil twin, a person with no moral standing WHATSOEVER, he'd probably say-
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED