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on Nov. 18, 2012 :
This collection of 25 science fiction and fantasy tales represents the cream of the entries for a short story contest run by Fantastic Books. The stories included are the contest winners plus a couple from professional writers, invited by the organisers. 10% of sales receipts will go to cancer charities.
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.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on Nov. 10, 2012 :
OK, I own up I've written one of the stories in this collection, but seriously, this is one of the best collections of short stories I, as an avid reader of SF and Fantasy, have ever had the pleasure of reading. I have my favourites that suit my personal tastes and you will have yours, because this is such a diverse collection that you will find something you love, guaranteed.
The stories by the two pro writers "The Trouble with Dragons" by Danuta Reah and "Rebirth" by Stuart Aken (which is a brilliant choice to close the collection) are really quite amazing.
The best thing though, if the intro didn't tell you who the pro writers were in this collection, you'd struggle to pick them out from a quality point of view. The publishers, Fantastic Book Publishing have done a great job compiling this collection.
I'm using it to hunt down the works of lots of other writers I might never have discovered otherwise and that makes me very happy.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Nov. 07, 2012 :
This is how short story anthologies are meant to be. This is a collection of fantasy and sci-fi stories. All very different. All very well written. Some funny, some creepy, some uplifting, some sad. It’s exactly what a short story collection should be – a thumping good read.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)