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A Land of Ash [Kindle Edition]

David McAfee , Daniel Arenson , John Fitch V , David Dalglish , Robert Duperre , Michael Crane
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Yellowstone Caldera has erupted once every 600,000 years. We’re 40,000 years overdue.

A LAND OF ASH

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

Amid this total devastation are stories of families, friends, sons and fathers and wives: the survivors. Within are eleven stories focusing on the human element of such a catastrophe, from an elderly couple gathering to await their death to a father sealing his shelter in hopes of keeping the air breathable for his daughter. Contributing to this collection include many popular and up-and-coming independent authors, including David McAfee, Daniel Arenson, and more.


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  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B006ZOB2RU
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AYD6MG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,595 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable December 11, 2010
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"Land of Ash" is an anthology of short stories by David Dalglish, David McAfee, Daniel Arenson, John Fitch V, Michael Crane, and Robert Duperre. The premise is simple: The Yellowstone Caldera erupts, covering the world in ash, and that's the unifying theme between the eleven different stories. It's all about survivors, and how they deal with total devastation in a land covered in ash.

I read Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King a few weeks back, and I like Land of Ash better. Not that I didn't like Full Dark, No Stars - because I really did. King is a master of the underrated medium of short stories and novellas. But I still enjoy Land of Ash more.

My favorite is "Shelter" by David Dalglish. It's about a father and his small child holing themselves up in the house after the ash comes. There's something so simple and bittersweet about it that's perfect.

That's not to say there's any bad stories in it - "Beach Puppies" is somewhat lighter than most of the other stories, and "Last Words" brings it down to a more personal level and less apocalyptic, if that makes sense
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong Concept, Slick Writing, but doesn't pay off February 10, 2011
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The notion of an anthology of short stories, modeled after THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, by different writers is a damn good one... and David Dalglish has certainly created a compelling springboard with a lot of potential that, unfortunately, isn't quite met. That said, there's a lot to like about this collection, particularly from Dalglish himself. Dalglish's voice is strong, assured, and compelling and there are lot of powerful images and sharply drawn characters (the descriptions of the Rio Grande in "A Harmless American" will stick with you long after you've finished the book). He sets the bar high with his opening story, but also a template that subsequent writers followed far too closely. His stories, and those by David McAfee and Daniel Arenson, are by far the strongest and most tonally consistent in voice and vision, but too many of them are simply vignettes about people awaiting their deaths rather than tales with any sort of beginning, middle and end...or complexity. That's also a problem with the collection as a whole. It's a shame there wasn't a larger, loose arc to the stories instead of just a collection of standalone character vignettes. There was nothing unifying them into a more satisfying, narrative whole. I wanted to feel like I was heading towards something...instead the collection just sort of petered out. But there's still much to enjoy in this collection and a chance to sample the work of some really terrific writers.
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing--Couldn't put it down November 14, 2010
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I haven't stayed up all night reading for a long time, but I started reading this and just couldn't stop. Usually when I buy a book of short stories, I read one here and there between other books--kind of a way to cleanse the palate of my mind between books. With these, I started reading and just couldn't stop. From the first one, "One Last Dinner Party" to the last, "Let it Continue", I couldn't stop.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From "Red Adept Reviews" January 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars

What stood out most for me about this collection was the arrangement. It was so expertly done that it gave the feel of a novel told in short stories. Therefore, I'm going to deviate from my usual Short Story Collection Review Style and write this somewhat as though it were a novel.

The first few stories were about people who were either preparing to die from the ash conflagration or were attempting to get somewhere safe. The most heartbreaking was "Shelter," written by David Dalglish. I couldn't put this one down until I finished.

"Toward the Storm," also by David Dalglish, was another notable story in this excellent collection. This one was just creepy enough to be compared to a Stephen King tale. It could have been taken right out of The Stand. I think it was so disturbing because it showed the seamier side of humanity that could survive such a catastrophe.

"Secret Mission," yet another by Dalglish, yanked at the heart strings and brought me to tears. Seeing a refuge camp through the eyes of a child was gut wrenching.

"The One That Matters," by Robert Duperre, was an opposing force to "Toward the Storm." Instead of evil, it depicted a true hero, albeit an unsung one.

I've only mentioned my favorites among these eleven stories. However, all of them had something to add to this collection.

Characters: 5 Stars

Each story was peopled with characters that I could relate to or care about. The people in each of the stories were just average; they could be your neighbors, friends or co-workers. That was a big part of what made the collection so interesting, horrifying, and fun to read, all at the same time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleven riveting short stories May 27, 2011
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"A land of Ash" is an anthology of 11 short stories, contributed to and edited by author David Dalglish. The paperback is 124 pages in length while the Kindle e-edition is a 396 Kb download. Interestingly enough the Kindle edition was free at the time of writing this review.

The anthology is written around an fictional apocalyptic event; the eruption of Yellowstone Caldera, resulting in a nuclear-type winter that descends over the world but most severely, over the continental U.S.A.
The eleven stories presented here are unrelated to each other, but share in common the human emotions and traits that so often come to fore when tragedy strikes...emotions and traits the can be stunningly beautiful or, shockingly deplorable.

I must mention that I don't usually like short story anthologies because I find invariably there are some (or several) that I don't like, maybe because of poor writing, uninteresting characters or just a boring story. Yet because I've started the book, I feel I must try to slog them through them in an attempt to finish what I've started. However, I was very please with this set of tales, every story was riveting and held my interest throughout. There were characters in these pages who, although you meet only briefly, become indelibly fixed in your mind.

Conclusion:
Eleven splendid fictional short works that focus around human action and reaction to an unexpected natural disaster that has global implications. 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson

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As a personal note, I've just recently finished reading some of author David Dalglish's other works, the five book "The Half-Orcs" series and the first two books of his new 'Shadowdance' series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Collection of Short Stories
I had to come write a review because I saw a few negative ones and was thinking, "WTF?" This collection of short stories is excellent and in fact, I've read it probably three or... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karsun
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Pat L Millhouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Enjoyed this book very much. Each of the characters were very easy to follow. I was hoping that each of them were going to be able to survive, also knew that all would not. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Donald Thurnau
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Fast Read
Good collection of very short stories. I found it enjoyable and finished it in one sitting of two hours. All of the stories are sad and a bit depressing, so why enjoyable? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon's Best Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars fun twist on doomsday book...
Its not very common to find a book on the end of the world were the disaster was caused by a possible natural disaster. a real one of this magnitude anyway. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jason
4.0 out of 5 stars Started great, got old
I liked the first half of the book, but then I started to lose interest and put it aside. Like eating sweets...they taste good at first, then get to be too much. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good way to spend a dollar
I don't remember when or why I bought this ebook. I assume it was inexpensive and I just took a chance. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nolongerteaching
5.0 out of 5 stars Compilation of Ash Related Stories
It's interesting to me how so few authors want to tackle disaster stories relating to volcanic eruption. Read more
Published 9 months ago by LTC USA (RET)
2.0 out of 5 stars So so
The sample caught my attention, but the whole of the book wasn't great. It was a very quick read for a great price though.
Published 10 months ago by Shelby
4.0 out of 5 stars Good writing - dark stories
I enjoying the writing skill - the authors did a good job and stories really made you think. They are a work of art in their own way. But gosh, its dark story material.
Published 11 months ago by Lostfalls
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