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A Glimpse of Darkness (Short Story) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 964 KB
  • Print Length: 133 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (December 6, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C43GKG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert on February 14, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was interested in reading this novella for a couple of reasons. First, I like a lot of the authors that helped write this and second, it was an interesting experiment in letting their readers pick the course of the story. So basically as a reader you got to vote on which way you wanted the story to go and the author that wrote the next chapter followed that plot direction.

This is a story about Munira, the half-human daughter of a fire djinn. She is a Retriever, someone who retrieves (aka steals) things. An evil wizard contacts Munira to have her Retrieve something for him from the underworld, when Munira refuses the wizard holds her father captive until she complies. What follows is a crazy adventure into the Underworld. After the story the first chapters from books by each author is included.

There were a lot of aspects I enjoyed in this short story. Munira as a half-fire djinn has some really cool powers and it was fun to read about that. Each of the authors writes a chapter and tries to play to there strong points as an author. I enjoyed the world and the concepts behind the story.

The things I liked about this story was that it was high action and creative. The e-book includes excepts from the authors' books at the end which was nice. It was a good way to get a feel for the authors' writing style to help you decide if you would like it or not.

My biggest problem with this was that each chapter felt a little disjointed because of the shifts in writing style. It was so apparent that it jarred you out of the story some. So, I had trouble staying engaged in the story. Each author definitely has their own style and focuses on different aspects of writing and it is very easy to see this, but also disruptive to the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By YodaWay on November 27, 2011
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It was a great idea- You take some of todays best authors and have them each write a chapter based of the precious authors chapters. Each author would twist the tale in their own special way. I had to read it, Stacia Kane one of my personal favs contributed. It was going along well, each author wrote a very interesting new twist to the main characters plot. Then it was just over ?!?!?! Yes, i know it is a novella, and short is what it is, but it could have been a really good novel. I would have loved to see each of these authors keep going writing another chapter or two when their turn came up.
All in all it was good but could of been great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 22, 2010
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I like the idea of the collaborative story, but this one seemed disjointed as you moved from chapter to chapter. Too short. Seems it was more of a tease leading in to previews of the publisher's upcoming books.
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Essentially this short story is a way for readers to taste the offerings of five scribes. A neat little marketing ploy disguised as a fantastic creative storytelling idea.
No matter what the reason, it gives readers a chance to experience and become enamoured with any or all of the talented five within the book.
The first 35% of the ebook is the short story they have written together, after that each author feaures a chapter from one of their own books.
It is an interesting concept and one that is quite difficult to undertake. Instead of each writing a single story and combining them in a compilation, they have each written one chapter of the same tale.
I have to admit I like the idea, because each chapter gives a sense of their individual style and that in turn will most likely entice a reader to seek out more of their work.
As for the story overall, I thought two styles out of the five didn't mesh well with the flow of the story, which made it less spectacular than it could have been.
As for the ploy, that was much more successful.
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By Kayla on March 10, 2012
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This book is really a great fantasy read, a different kind of story line than Lara Adrian's vampire series. But it is a good read. A lot of good writers in this book makes it more interesting to read. It is short but keeps you wanting more.
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