Ovolution and Other Stories

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
A collection of short stories for the Science Fiction connoisseur. If you’re looking for fun, surprises, and thought-provoking satire, read these stories. Originally published in 2011, this second edition of Ovolution and Other Stories contains 9 original stories and 4 flash fiction pieces released from my story vault, all written in the tradition of R. A. Lafferty and Douglas Adams. More

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About JJ Toner

Full time writer of short stories and thrillers since 2007. So far (Aug 2016), I have written six novels and a collection of short SF stories. I live in Ireland.

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Review by: Krizia Anna Lazaro on Jan. 07, 2013 :
It was actually a pretty good book. It was funny, scary, entertaining and very imaginative. At times, it does remind me of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Most stories has potential to be full length such as the two giant and silver aliens who visited the Earth and the story about the perfect woman.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: W. F. Owen on Sep. 09, 2011 :
This short story collection struck me as a fresh take on the "Twilight Zone" series we all treasure. I say that for many reasons. The stories are quite varied, ironic, unexpected, believable and, often, humorous. Regarding the latter, the author excels especially. More than a few times I laughed so much I surprised myself. The opening story regarding egg-laying humans probably is the best, but the space travel stories, too, were gems. A couple of those reminded me of "Third from the Sun" of the "Twilight Zone." JJ's writing is intelligent, witty and uplifting. You won't be disappointed if you purchase this book. I enjoyed it!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on Sep. 03, 2011 :
The things I hate about short stories they are too short! these are I liked them but wanted more to the strioes.
the first one is about a professor's wife is pregnant and then she turns and builds a huge nest in garage. Marona then lays an egg.
Is the thing inside human or demon? their is huge debate. Then they found out that Marona was not the first.
There is a lot of play on words that has ex into egg like eggspinged
Another story has a space ship that are goingo into deep space for around 15 years, Years earlier Earth got a message and one member of the crew just broke the code and the new message they just received. I thought the messages funny.
another was a barber telling about his abduction by aliens.
If you like short stories or science fiction or humor read these. I was given this ebook in exchange for hoest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tom Jones on July 22, 2011 :
I'm going to write a short, medium and long version of this review. This is because I appreciate that what you want to know is "Is this book any good and worth your time in reading it?"

The short answer is "Yes".

The medium answer is "Yes. However it will appeal most to people who: a) enjoy science fiction, and; b) enjoy their science fiction with a healthy dose of tongue in its cheek. In sci-fi terms it is unashamedly old school with a healthy humorous twist. This probably won't be to everyone's taste, but I found it very enjoyable. I chuckled often. JJ can write.

The long answer is below:

I have a strange relationship with sci-fi. I used to love both this and fantasy, but these days I tend to shy away from the geekiness inherent in both formats (although loving books where either is used to show something about characters which we otherwise would not see - as in Haruki Murakami). I can't help it: I'm that sort of person.Perhaps I'm a bit too cynical for my own good. My enjoyment of 'pure' sci-fi or fantasy is always tempered by a slight discomfort.

What I enjoyed about Ovolution is that JJ obviously has none of my qualms. He is steeped in its past and present and here has written some wonderful stories which are essentially a homage to the format. I also like that JJ is a cynical and funny man. He is also, clearly, a talented writer. He is also, clearly, not going to let his obvious love of science fiction prevent him from gently sending it up.

This combination of characteristics - the sincere love of sci-fi coupled with the more cynical, but still reverent fun-poking - is probably why I like his writing so much. I have to be honest and say that I still basically don't like the format and so in terms of my honest enjoyment, this would mean that I'd tend to give Ovolution 4 stars. Perhaps strangely, however, I don't think that docking a star on my format preference would be justified in this case. JJ presents a book which is a perfectly executed and very enjoyable example of what it is. And as such it fully deserves five stars.

The bottom line is that your enjoyment of Ovolution is likely to be dictated by your relationship with sci-fi. It might be too irreverent for purists and too authentic for sci-fi's detractors. But if you're in the middle it's very worth a punt!

[I'll tell you what I'd love: I'd honestly love to see JJ tackle some more - literally - down-to-earth stories. Those in Ovulation are light-hearted but do resonate in some fairly dark places on occasion. Just not quite often enough for me. If he could take his writing style and apply it with equal success to the real world he'd have a reader for life right here. But, of course, what he writes is entirely his business - and he does it bloomin' well]
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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