Rose Renee Shelly
on Oct. 24, 2010 :
Where Worlds Collide by Rob Shelsky is a fascinating read. His stories tend to be dark, but always seem to involve some hope, which I like. And his novella, an Imperial Death was VERY well written. The planet Tiartha--it's as if I was there! You could visualize everything about it. And there are the people you love to hate, such as the dastardly Magnus Vasilov. The entire anthology is terrific, though. I loved Treasure Of The Guardian Templar, a heck of an adventure/treasure hunting story set in modern times. And I particularly liked the one done as a tribute to H.P. Lovecraft, a darker look at religion and immortality, in Shepherd Of Babylon. This book is a five out of five stars for me!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Aug. 5, 2010 :
Where Worlds Collide II is an anthology and it constitutes the second such volume of author, Rob Shelsky. In this book we have more of his darker science fiction stories. Mr. Shelsky includes a good-sized novella, An Imperial Death. This, although a form of space opera, I suppose, is also an in-depth look at a future Earth, one strangled by the controlling influence of the Five Races. These aliens have basically surrounded Earth, allowing her just a few colonies. This is referred to as the “Status Quo.” The aliens claim this is in order to keep interstellar stability among the races, but the mere fact that humans aren’t even included in the term “Five Races,” shows what a lie this is. The Status Quo is to contain Earth and its people.
The result and just as the aliens seem to want, is that Earth is turning inward. Its civilization is beginning to rot from the inside out, with corruption becoming rife. A young man, Cavin Dubaire, tries to make a new life for himself on one of the few colonies Earth is permitted to have, the Planet Tiartha. However, it seems one can’t run away from one’s troubles, as he soon finds out. Filled with political manipulations, strong friendships, a love interest, an evil guy you will love to hate, and set amidst the sweep of an interstellar war, this is one heck of a novella!
Mr. Shelsky’s other short stories in this volume run the gamut from an H.P. Lovecraftian piece of a different type, evil spirit elementals, a cozy murder mystery set aboard a space yacht and asteroid, dark conspiracies, a ghost-like invasion of Manhattan to--well, you name it--Rob Shelsky has it in this volume of Where Worlds Collide II.
The author seems to be able to tell diverse sorts of tales and tell them really well. He injects a great deal of pathos into his pieces and atmosphere. One always feels for the hero or heroine. His evildoers are very three-dimensional, real people, who are driven by their own needs.
Mr. Shelsky can create some interesting sidekicks, such as “Danni” in his novella, An Imperial Death. I’m amazed at the author’s scope of imagination, and his ability to create such incredible scenarios. From a murder on an asteroid, to an Archbishop making a terrible, but necessary decision, Mr. Shelsky is adept at creating stories that won’t just hold your attention, they’ll grab and grasp at it! What’s more, they make you think. His Cry of A Distant Child is a powerful piece of storytelling in my estimation. I’m still thinking about that one. And for good adventure fun, Treasure Of The Guardian Templar is a must. You just have to sympathize with the hero, Jerrod.
Where Worlds Collide II, by Rob Shelsky, did not disappoint! These stories are all on a par with the first volume, and every bit as intriguing! Read it, is my advice. You'll love it!
Where Worlds Collide II gets an enthusiastic five full stars from me! And, I’d love to see some sequels to some of these stories, too. For instance, Treasure Of The Guardian Templar makes me want more of the same! Just what is hidden on the Isle of Lundy?
(reviewed the day of purchase)