Time is for Dragonflies and Angels

Rated 4.25/5 based on 8 reviews
Time is for Dragonflies and Angels is a collection of flash science fiction and novellas that embraces the ideas of multi-universes and dimensions, critical decisions and judgments, and human struggles associated with racism and dystopian societies. More

Available ebook formats: epub

Words: 67,350
Language: English
ISBN: 9781942708247
About J. M. Erickson

J.M. Erickson earned his bachelor's degree from Boston College, majoring in psychology and sociology, masters degree from Simmons School of Social Work, and post-graduate certification program in psychological trauma, clinical assessment and treatment from Boston University. He is also a certified clinical trauma professional and cognitive behavioral therapist in a group practice in the Merrimack Valley, and teaches masters level, graduate students in post-trauma assessment & treatment, psychopathology, and neuroscience at a Cambridge College and Salem State University, Massachusetts, USA.
To date, all of his novels and novellas series have received awards from various book contests such as Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year and Readers' Favorite International Book Awards & Contest, and all stories have received accolades from such reviewers as Kirkus Review, Self-Publishing Reviews, US Review of Books, Pacific Book Reviews and Independent Book Reviewers.

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Review by: TabithaParks on Feb. 14, 2017 :
I think that J.M. Erickson may have made a Science Fiction fan out of me! I’ve always had a bit of an aversion to novellas/short stories them, mostly because I like to feel a deeper connection to the characters and stay in their world for a while, and most of the sci/fi I read feels contrived and frankly, not all that plausible. But I was surprised how effective the author was in totally transporting us to another time and place and where we can really experience another’s lives (or a brief segment of it) enough to really get inside my head and make me think and even freak me out a little! The writing was top-quality - a good amount of details and lyrical prose that added to the scenery without bogging it down any. Brilliant layers of storyline complexity that has a psychological edge wrapped with action and high stakes. For the most part the pacing was good in each story, but I did think there could have been more heightened tension more consistently, especially considering the subject matter and the shorter length. But still remarkable, memorable reading!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: LauraClarke on Feb. 03, 2017 :
As a huge reader of books, and most of them indie or small-press published, I’ve pretty much accepted the fact that there will be certain things that won’t be up to the same standards as the big press published books, usually in editing or the quality of writing. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the top-notch professionalism in this book, from the flawless editing to the strength of the narration and the complexity of the characters and engaging, thought-provoking and unpredictable storylines—a real challenge considering the shorter length of these stories. This sci/fi anthology is one of the better ones I’ve read, and kudos to Mr. Erickson for raising the bar. I wasn’t surprised to read that he’s published over a dozen other books and has degrees in the field of psychology (and related fields), as this influence is felt heavily in these stories, dealing with matters and possibilities of the mind (among other things). He will certainly be on my list of authors to watch. Recommend for readers of literary science fiction. (Suitable for mature teens on up- mild language).
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Karen Matthews on Jan. 16, 2017 :
"Time is for Dragonflies and Angels” by J.M. Erickson is hands down one of the most addicting and interesting and intellectually captivating books (collection of novellas/short stories) I’ve read in a long time! But I would hardly expect anything less from Erickson at this point. I’ve read at least a half dozen of his books, and have yet to be disappointed in any of them – in fact the opposite actually as I continue to be even more and more amazed at how he really pushes the boundaries of the genre and takes us to some really cool new places in our minds. He is so talented at taking some really “out there’ ideas and putting them in stories in a way that is entertaining and even believable (because of the solid world-building and characterizations). I was completely drawn in from the opening pages, and thought the stories were all really cool and original in their own way, but all have the same vibe that only Erickson can deliver. Literary, psychologically driven and emotionally complex with several interweaving plot lines and cool tech, AI, alternate worlds, multi universes… Erickson does a fantastic job of making us feel transported not only into the various characters’ heads throughout the different surreal and experiences and their circumstances—sometimes the worst, most terrifying moments of their lives, some profound and amazing— and it felt like I was reading several slices of real life, although not any life we’ll ever know . Fast paced and unpredictable. Some minor editing issues but nothing awful. Highly readable and extremely enjoyable.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: MegKing on Jan. 06, 2017 :
4.5 stars
at first I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into in deciding to read this book. Because admittedly I do tend to lean towards longer science fiction books that I can really lose myself in. So short stories or novellas are not my usual fare. But I enjoy science fiction and this author has generated some amazing reviews on this and his other works. So I read the first story “Recount our Dreams” and almost immediately my reservations went right out the window as I was sucked into this psychological rabbit hole! Although the length may be shorter, there is no lack of story arc, emotional investment, and profoundly complex plotlines that truly take us to another world(s) for a while. The only one I didn’t particularly connect to is “The Gray”, but all the others were terrific and while not perfect, were darn entertaining which is all I ask for in a book. In retrospect I now think I liked this BETTER as an anthology because we see a real mix of different settings and characters, and the author is able to spread his literary wings more. I was surprised by how we are often left with our jaws hanging open (especially the end of “To See Behind Walls”). Sign of a gifted writer there. Will definitely be checking out his other works, Really glad I took a chance on this one…Recommend for sci/fi, literary dystopian fans.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Carla Biggins on Jan. 06, 2017 :
although Science fiction/ fantasy/ dystopian is not my favorite genre I have read a few other books by this author in the past and was really captivated by his storytelling and the way that he pulls us into these crazy, unique and seemingly far-fetched situations and realities, yet does so in a way that is strangely believable. Like some of it could happen (crazy, I know, but that’s how it feels). Like his other books have been, I found this one “Time is for Dragonflies and Angels” to be just as good as the others… better, even because this book has 5 ‘books’ in it! Great descriptions – I could always picture everything (and everyone) perfectly. It did keep me engaged, and I liked the length of these stories… short enough to read a few in a sitting or two, but not so short where you don’t feel like you experienced anything…quite the opposite, actually. I like Mr. Erickson’s edgy and creative writing style very much, and found myself completely lost in his unique worlds and bizarre, twisted, and even ordinary characters. Although I did enjoy some stories more than others, I was almost disappointed when I was finished because I wanted to read more. Recommend for adults.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: StephanBeacher on Dec. 18, 2016 :
TIME IS FOR DRAGONFLIES AND ANGELS is a must read for lovers of literary science fiction and dark drama and fantasy. This book falls into that rare group that tells unexpected and original stories that don’t rely on cliché’s or overused plot devices – nice, especially in the Sci-Fi genre where it is hard to find really unique plotlines and genuine character development. Although there are familiar tropes here in these stories (parallel worlds, alternate dimensions, AI and aliens, etc…) Erickson does an incredible job treating each story as an individual entity with a flavor and message all its own. The shorter story length keeps you hooked from beginning to end, and if you are like me you’ll find you just want to keep reading all the way through to the last one. I found a few of the stories to be more impactful personally, but each were well-executed in their own right. A solid effort from J.M. Erickson and I’m eager to read more of his published works.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: MarcellaGonzo on Dec. 17, 2016 :
I generally reserve my more effusive praise for long, epic novels that I feel have completely consumed me and hijacked my brain and soul for a time, not usually shorter stories or novellas that I read in an evening. But today I will be making an exception with “Time is For Dragonflies and Angels” by J.M. Erickson, a book of short stories/novellas that took me by surprise with its profound intelligence, creativity and originality, and how very well written it was (each one, actually) . Dark, disturbing, and complex, I was surprised by the amount of emotion and investment the author manages to pull from the reader in these shorter tales, but how much ‘story’ was packed in and got under my skin – in a good way. Science fiction isn’t even my favorite genre, but I’d say this was one of my favorite books so far this year (and we are in December!) I just really like when an author (and his/her book) can take my mind to new places and make me think about things differently and new possibilities and this definitely happened here. Sign of a gifted writer there. Will definitely be checking out works from J.M. Erickson in the future and some of his other published works, and will recommend to my friends. 4.5 stars
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Essieh on Dec. 15, 2016 :
what a great book! “Time Is For Dragonflies and Angels” (great quote) by J.M. Erickson is a wonderful compilation of spine-chilling, mind-blowing, science-fiction and psychology-inspired novellas, with a literary flair. I’ve read several short story collections in the past and while I usually enjoy them as I like the shorter length and the tighter focus on a singular plot, I really enjoyed this book as a whole, and thought each story was as good as (if not better than) the one before! It’s hard to pick a favorite from the collection, as each was good and unique in its own way, but I think that “The Gray” had the most tension, but “Recount our Dreams” was the most unusual and moving. Great writing and characterizations and takes you to places you’ve never read about before . A must read for fans of science fiction and fantasy/dystopian.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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