A Land of Ash

Rated 4.67/5 based on 6 reviews
The Yellowstone Caldera has erupted once every 600,000 years. We’re 40,000 years overdue.

Lava flows stretch for hundreds of miles. A cloud of ash billows east, burying the Midwest, destroying crops, and falling upon the Pacific Coast like a warm, dead snow. The remnants of the United States flees south as the global temperatures plummet.

These are the stories of the survivors. More

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About David Dalglish

David Dalglish currently lives in rural Missouri with his wife Samantha, daughter Morgan, and dog Asimov. He graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2006 and currently devotes himself to perfecting his craft. He spends his free time playing racquetball and watching PBS with his daughter.

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dullens reviewed on on Jan. 26, 2012

I don't read short stories very often and most of the collections I read had some excellent stories mixed with good, regular and really bad ones. With "A Land of Ash" things are different. Every story in here is at least satisfying but most of them are very good and some excellent.

The subject is the same, the Yellowstone Caldera eruption (which I don't know if it'd be so devastating, but in my opinion, that's not the point) and the stories show the human nature and behavior during/after this catastrophe in many flavors, varying from love, kindness, hope, indifference, guilt, selfishness, desperation and violence. Some stories are bleak and more on the dark/pessimistic side of the humankind but I think the collection, as a whole, summarize a good amount of different possibilities for us, readers, to reason about.

Just to make things clearer about my taste, even not reading much short stories I do like them and I also like post apocalyptic tales. If you got similar likes, go ahead and get the book. It's not long (11 stories in less than 130 pages) and very worth reading.
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Jeff Meyers reviewed on on Nov. 20, 2011

I read this last night. Very engaging. Almost wish the stories were longer. It does make you think.
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Michael Hilton reviewed on on Oct. 25, 2011

Like it a lot. Great entertainment.
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Joey Jones reviewed on on Jan. 31, 2011

I'm a pretty big fan of anything post-apocalyptic. Usually zombies. But this scenario is equally as frightening. I liked the collection. Well done.
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Ellen Endebrock reviewed on on Jan. 21, 2011

I'm not normally a fan of post-apocalyptic survival stories, but I loved this collection. These aren't horror stories; maybe human interest stories?
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Wulfwise reviewed on on Jan. 18, 2011

I thourougly enjoyed this collection of short stories. I'd hapily recommend them to any one who likes this genre :)
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