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Evolution: Vol. 1 (A Short Story Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Lane Diamond , D.T. Conklin
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Evolution: Vol. 1 (A Short Story Collection) - Edited by Lane Diamond & D.T. Conklin

From the first-ever Short Story Contest hosted by Evolved Publishing: 10 great stories from 10 terrific authors. [DRM-Free]

[Short Stories, Anthologies]

An eclectic mix that will excite, interest, and intrigue from the first story to the last. Laugh a little, cry a little, think a little.

Many genres, many voices, one goal: Provide the reader with a fun journey through the short fiction format.

Edited and polished to a fine sheen.


GRAND PRIZE WINNER: If I Should Die by Amanda Papenfus


  • If I Should Die by Amanda Papenfus
  • The Last Earthling by D.T. Conklin
  • Timothy by Anjuli Bowen
  • Grain Neutral Spirits by A. Frank Bower
  • One Last Thought by Lane Diamond
  • A Building This Size by Jeffrey B. Burton
  • Sirius Issues by Ariyana Spencer
  • Imagination by Stephen Patrick
  • Courage through Fear by Ruby Standing Deer
  • A Boy and His Monster by Matt Mok

Product Details

  • File Size: 1995 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (December 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Mix of Excellent Stories February 2, 2012
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The first story, "If I Should Die," by Amanda Papenfus, was very well-written. It gives a brief glimpse into a girl's life as she deals with the hopelessness of her cancer prognosis, and yet the ending was inspiring.

The second story, "The Last Earthling," by D.T. Conklin, was a difficult read for me because of the setting conflicting with my belief system. However, you have to give credit to the story living on in my mind's spare moments for more than a week later. The story was well-written, with empathetic characters in a creative world, so I kept reading. The ending had the type of surprise you hope for in good fiction, and is left open for your interpretation. I spoke with the author, D.T. Conklin, and he mentioned how this story highlights how important forgiveness is to him. In that we both agree, and this story is highly recommended because of the type of discussion it evokes. Read it and tell D.T. I sent you.

The third story, "Timothy," by Anjuli Bowen, is fantastic. I love the concept of a man who doesn't age, and who decides one day to bring the sand jar that keeps him alive outside and risk dying. Emotional and satisfying.

Lane Diamond's story, "One Last Thought," is a complex picture in prose of a man's dependency on a woman. The twist surprised me, but I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to take from this story. I can't really get into it without spoiling the twist though.

Jeff Burton's story, "A Building This Size," is a mystery built on clever dialogue that emphasizes the power and motive behind what isn't said. I really enjoyed this one as well. There is definite reread value on this one. I even made his story a Saturday Spotlight post, and highlighted his future and published novels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A story for everyone February 29, 2012
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I would read one of the short stories, fall in love, and then declare it my favorite. Then I would go on to read the next story, fall in love and declare it my favorite. It continued like this until I had read them all.

There wasn't one story I disliked, and though I am partial to certain genres, I found each story intriguing, beautifully written, and the characters drew me in. It didn't matter if the story fell in a genre I read or not--it didn't matter.

So which was my favorite? I'm staring at the titles right now and having difficulty in choosing. I loved THE BOY AND HIS MONSTER. I was also, maybe because I'm a woman, partial to Ruby's work COURAGE THROUGH FEAR. It was quite terrifying on an emotional level. Each story drew me in and propelled me to read it's entirety. There wasn't one story I skimmed or skipped.

In this collection, there is a story for everyone. I guarantee it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some really great stories! September 30, 2012
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This is a great collection of various stories as others have stated, however, there is more to it than that. What we have here is a great collection of genre's from Horror to real life, a collection that is often hard to come by in just one book. I found myself in a various situations sparked by the many moods and styles of writing. It's not often that I gem comes along and it's far less often that a collection of short stories comes along that truly is a work of art by itself. This book offers some wonderful insight into the minds of various authors, some of which are on the rise to fame.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun stories in contest-winner anthology September 30, 2012
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This anthology intrigued me -- partly because it was a contest, with winning entries published along with stories from veteran writers, and partly because its "theme" was many themes: science fiction, suspense, fantasy, mystery, basically pulp-style or speculative fiction genres. It's fun to read such a mix of styles and subjects. If one story doesn't move you, the next one likely will.

The best story in here by far is the grand prize winner, "If I Should Die," by Amanda Papenfus, which is not really a genre story at all, other than that the story is about death. The first line hooks you: "Does this coffin make me look fat?" This morbid teaser suggests any manner of horror or black humor or speculative fiction premise, but after this hook, you discover a beautifully-written, touching story about a young girl facing her own death. This was a well-deserved grand prize winner, and I hope to find more stories by this young author.

My other favorites included "Courage Through Fear," by Ruby Standing Deer, a whiskey-soaked, desperate tale of unfortunate drifters, con men, and sinners, yet also about love, the sort of love that can almost ruin you if you don't find the courage to take control of your life, and "A Boy and His Monster," by Matt Mok, an unusual and tender story set in 1940 London during the Blitz about a terrified little boy trying to survive with the aid of an invisible, magical bear at his side. "Timothy" by Anjuli Bowen grew on me after a second reading; reminding me a little of the Benjamin Button movie and a few Twilight Zone episodes, the story had a quiet, firm tone, with a sad but fitting ending to it.

This anthology is "Volume 1" (and "Volume 2" just came out in late summer 2012), so it looks like this may be the beginning of a series, hopefully all contests like this one, which will showcase new talent. All the stories are a fun read, with varying moods, emphases, and talents -- for the Kindle price, it's a fantastic beach read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rich Dessert October 6, 2012
Lane Diamond and D.T. Conklin assembled a diverse set of short stories that evoke feelings of wonder, morality, love and just plain fun. While you can read this collection in a day or two - don't: read one story each day and savor it like a rich dessert.

A few stories left me begging for a sequel or a novella to extend the moment.

The Last Earthling took me to a place, out of this world, that still suffers the same slings and arrows I experience back on earth.

Grain Neutral Spirits, by Al Bower, introduced me to a new perspective for story telling: it went from narrative, to memoir, to critic, to dialogue, all hosted by a guardian angel. These simultaneous perspectives pulled me deeper into the story than I expected. Tanguy's The Five Strangers overwhelms Rex and drives the story forward. Rex's affirmation of his subconscious sets the stage for his battle with reality and alcohol.
If you only read one story, in Evolution No. 1, make it Grain Neutral Spirits.

A Building This Size, by Jeffrey B. Burton, moves from conjecture to reality. I was left peering down the cliff edge - which is the thrill of the open ending. But I am sure I know the answer.

Imagination, by Stephen Patrick, is a rapid fire story that sustains excitement and tension. My tension was relieved in the ironic ending when I discovered McIntyre's humanity.

Evolution No. 1 is worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Endlessly enjoyable
Evolution Vol. 1 is an endlessly enjoyable collection of stories that, while lacking a set theme or shared genre, somehow gravitate towards philosophical examinations of Being &... Read more
Published on October 2, 2012 by Axel Howerton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Collection, and Well Worth the Read
A friend had told me of the upcoming release of this book awhile back, and I pondered on if I would even want to read an anthology. Read more
Published on October 1, 2012 by Thomas Stonewall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great variety all packed into one volume!
I often find it difficult to have the time to read as much as I would like too these days, but I did take the time to read this book. Read more
Published on September 30, 2012 by linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
It's always hard to review anthologies, especially when they're both so good. But, in this one, two stories really stood out and shined above the rest. Read more
Published on September 29, 2012 by Voss Foster
4.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of really good short stories
Read this one on a day at the beach. Each piece was really good but favorites were "Timothy" by Anjuli Bowen, "Grain Neutral Spirits" by A. Read more
Published on September 18, 2012 by geoffowler
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection
Evolution 1 is the first iteration of what I hope will become a long-running series of short story anthologies. Read more
Published on June 8, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining anthology!
This is a highly entertaining group of stories, with something for all no matter what genre is your preference. Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by Michaelreviews
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I write fiction, long and short. My writings cross over many genres and focus on diverse subjects, ranging from the mysteries of the human mind, with its fragile psychological and emotional states, to the everyday joy and anguish of life on Earth.

I've been an avid reader my entire life, and started writing at the age of 12. I love a good story, of course, a compelling plot and satisfying conclusion. Yet as a reader, I've always been drawn to great characters. The characters bring me back to an author time and time again. This shows in my writing, where I attempt to create authentic, complex, real characters you can come to love, and in whose company you feel at home. Or maybe you'll despise a character and want to stick a fork in his eye. Hey, bad guys are fun too!

I did my tour in the real world, serving in the U.S. Air Force, then working as everything from a forklift operator to a bartender in my youth, before settling in as Business Services and Project Manager for a large manufacturing and distribution concern. Now, at long last (Man! Why did I wait so long?), I'm putting pedal to the metal in pursuit of the author's life.

After many years as a Freelance Editor, with several clients published or aspiring to be so, I co-founded Evolved Publishing, where I serve as Managing Publisher/Editor, and Author. As an author, I started with a few short stories, and released my debut novel, a psychological thriller called "Forgive Me, Alex," in December 2011. The sequel, "The Devil's Bane," is under way and due sometime in 2015.

You can find out more about me at my website:


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