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Dark Stars: The Year's Best Science Fiction Short Stories [Kindle Edition]

Gary Cuba , Joseph Giddings , Jennifer R. Povey , Ronald D. Ferguson , Michael D. Young , Sylvia Hiven , Jamie Lackey , John H. Dromey , Patricia Correll , Suzanne Van Rooyen
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Book Description

Danger, adventure, betrayal and heartbreak blaze to life in the pages of Earthbound Fiction's sophomore collection. Packed with brilliant new sci-fi from Sylvia Hiven, Suzanne Van Rooyen, Patricia Correll, John Dromey, Timothy Sibiski and many more, every page will transport you to a world of wonder and discovery.


Product Details

  • File Size: 341 KB
  • Print Length: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Earthbound Fiction (December 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ASN646I
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Stars bright March 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoy sci-fi, especially progressive twists on classic story lines. Soldiers : check. Cyberlife: check. Compassion and redemption: check! I will watch for these authors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Anthology March 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well done set of Sci Fi short stories. Fun to read on my Kindle in short bursts when I have just a little while to relax.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Okay Book September 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I would give it 3.5 stars. Like most collections there are some good and some bad and one or two great stories. Most have to do with space and/or aliens which I did like. A few stories were incredibly short and I wish there had been just a little more to them. I agree with another reviewer that in most of the stories you do know what will happen quickly, sometimes I don't mind that though because the idea of the story is still original. Overall an okay read but the price is a bit high for what you get. I love short stories but if you don't typically than you probably won't like this book.
I received this book free for a review, but the review is truly how I feel about the book.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
'Dark Stars: The Year's Best Science Fiction Short Stories" (published Dec. 2012) is a anthology of short sci-fi work form various authors. This Kindle e-book was approximately 117 printed pages and sold for $2.99 at the time of writing this review.

Please Note: the author(s) provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Some thoughts on "Dark Stars"...

16 different stories from 16 different authors make up this collection of small tales. They are set in locations as near to home as Earth and as far away as on some starship on the edge of some remote and unknown galaxy.

As a whole the stories were well written and superbly edited making for an easy read in every case.

An eclectic mix... something for everyone. One story might fill a reader's need better than maybe the next one, but that is the great thing about an anthology, the stories are predictably unpredictable. They vary in topic and scope according to the whims, preferences and ideas of the authors on the day they were written.

Keep in mind, because they are 'short stories' and especially because they're of the sci-fi genre, the authors must start working towards the surprising ending almost from the get-go. Not a whole lot of time for character building or side plots. And with those thoughts in mind I can honestly state that there were many tales here that I really liked and one or two that kind of left me flat. Some endings I could predict but a couple were a total surprise... but that's about what I'd expect if I'd picked 16 short stories at random. Mission accomplished from my point of view.

Conclusion:
A quality collection of sci-fi short stories at a very reasonable price.

As it is... 4 1/2 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson
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