- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 399 KB
- Print Length: 203 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500961876
- Publisher: Fantastic Books Publishing (2 Nov. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A1BYR2U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #706,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anthologies are sometimes patchy affairs, but not this one. The quality of the writing is pretty consistent and all the stories are well told (I must add here that I contributed one of the tales). But consistency doesn't mean similarity. There's great variety here. Some humour, some darkness and something for younger readers. All speculative fiction, the stories entertain, amuse, inspire and make the reader think.
There are characters of every sort lurking in this selection and plots to suit all tastes. This is a selection you can read at one sitting, as I did, or dip into for those short breaks over coffee, when a longer piece must be interrupted. I enjoyed all the stories but I don't intend to describe them in this short review. All are different and all demonstrate the imaginative power of their creators, the skill of these writers as storytellers. I thoroughly recommend the book to all who love their fiction with a twist of the unexpected.
I am not normally an SF reader but a couple of the contributors have written books that I do like so I thought I'd give it a go. I'm so glad I did. I don't think there is one story in the whole collection that isn't strong.
Danuta Reah's "The Trouble With Dragons" is full of tension. Stuart Aken's "Rebirth" reinforces mankind's need to interact with mankind. I loved "The Removal Man" by David K Paterson and"Cat's Eye" by Peter Holz. i have to say though, that the prize for the most memorable sentence goes to Peter Ford's "Golf Planet" - "Come to think of it there must be space pilots who've never been to Widnes."
Thoroughly enjoyable. Thoroughly recommended.
What was most enjoyable was the sheer variety - in style and subject matter. Also - worth noting when an anthology is composed of competition winners - the writing is consistently of a high standard. I do have a couple of favourites: 'The Monkey's Kiss' by Brad Greenwood and 'The Removal Man' by David K Paterson, very sinister.
I hope this comes out as an old-fashioned paperback! I'd certainly buy it.
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