Stoney M. Setzer
on June 20, 2012 :
This is a short story anthology whose stories are connected by the frame narrative of Gizele and her mentor Tok. The stories have a bit of a Twilight Zone flavor but also feature nuggets of spiritual truth and a Christian worldview. As in any other anthology, readers will prefer some stories to others, but all of them are enjoyable reads.
(review of free book)
on March 28, 2012 :
This novel is novel because it isn't traditional. The only continuing characters is Gizele and her inculcator Tok, teaching her that life has far more questions than answers.
The visions she sees in the frozen waters, one after the other, are of people and places in other times, on other planets, in other dimensions.
This isn't sci-fi in the sense that Star Wars is, but there are stories about space flight. This isn't exactly the Twililght Zone but I kept half expecting to smell the smoke from Rod Serling's cigarette.
This covers many subjects, some tame, others provocative, but I read it cover to cover and was unable to put it down.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Sep. 18, 2011 :
I loved the way the authors of the Aquasynthesis anthology tied their disparate short stories together with an over-arching story-line!
While each author's writing-style was different, their descriptions of the setting, characters and action were so vivid, it was as if I could see the stories playing out in video on the screen of my mind's eye. Each story appeared to be very thoughtfully written. I enjoyed looking for and finding the deeper meaning within each short story and within the greater plot.
I greatly look forward to reading new stories from each of these authors in the future!
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)
on Aug. 29, 2011 :
Aquasynthesis is one of the most unique books I've read in a long time. I think the very platform they used with this book (combining so many authors and short stories together) is a sort of reflection of their philosophy on teamwork. They all support one another and give their best efforts toward the common goal of publishing great writing.
The goal or theme of the book was for Gizile (and us) to learn a lesson. The stories were very creative and often humorous and touching. I know we can look forward to wonderful things from Splashdown Books in the future.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
on Aug. 03, 2011 :
Some lessons are harder than others. That’s what Gizile learns when her terse instructor takes her to a small pool of frigid water on a rocky coast. Story after story plays by, teaching her truths that are sometimes obvious, sometimes hidden, and often not what she wants to hear.
Aquasynthesis is a collection of short stories by all the authors of Splashdown Books. The individual stories range the whole gamut of the speculative fiction arena. Each gives insight human nature, and not always the pretty side. Greatness is squashed for the sake of convenience. Crazy alien kids go on a field trip. Victory is achieved through sacrifice. Some people prefer to live in their ignorance.
The stories are well-written and intensely fascinating. There’s a great deal of humor mixed in with the lessons Gizile is learning including one-liners, puns, and wild circumstances.
The stories are bound together by the narrative of Gizile and her teacher, Tok. As that particular story continues throughout the book, we see further into Gizile’s life and find out what Tok wants her to overcome. The lesson is an important one for us all.
So look into the water and learn.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)