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Ice Age [Kindle Edition]

Iain Rowan
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Book Description

ICE AGE is a collection of eight short stories of the strange and the chilling by award-winning author Iain Rowan.

Stories of the dead and the living, and cities at war where it is hard to tell one from the other. Lonely roads and forest paths and wrong turnings. Very wrong turnings. The fiery martyrdom of The New Way, distant voices that call from the sea, and the ice creeping in, ever in.

Stories in this collection have been reprinted in year's best collections and featured in anthologies nominated for Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards.

ICE AGE features the stories Lilies, The Call, Through The Window, Driving In Circles, Sighted, The Circular Path, Here Comes The New Way and Ice Age.

"Iain Rowan is both a meticulous and a passionate writer, and these stories showcase his ample talent wonderfully well. You owe it to yourself to discover Rowan's fiction if you haven't already had the pleasure." (Jeff Vandermeer, author of Finch, Shriek:An Afterword, City of Saints and Madmen; two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award)

"I loved the nuances and true heartfelt emotion that Iain filled his stories with, and Iain quickly became a must read author for me--everything I read of Iain's had this tragic, and sometimes, horrific beauty filling it, and was guaranteed to be something special."
(Dave Zeltserman, author of Outsourced, and Washington Post best books of year Small Crimes and Pariah)

"A short story writer of the highest calibre."
(Allan Guthrie, author of Top Ten Kindle Bestseller Bye Bye Baby, winner of Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year)


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great author, great stories. September 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This collection of short horror stories was great - not one was repetitive of another, and you never knew what was next to come.

Some of the stories were just interesting reads - scary, and yet still fanciful enough to escape from true terror; others, however, were truly chilling due to their ability to strike home real fears. In particular, The Call, Through the Window, The Circular Path, and Ice Age managed to illicit shock, awe, and horror in me. They each of them reached a particular fear of mine, and as they were written so well, allowed me to see, hear, and feel the terror of the characters as though they were my own.

Iain Rowan is a fantastic writer for this genre, and I eagerly await his future anthologies. I highly recommend this book for any persons who might enjoy a thrill, either fanciful or personal.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection August 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I've already reviewed one of the stories in this collection, Lilies, and given it 5-stars, so I've not really left myself any leeway upwards to review Ice Age, which contains Lilies plus seven other stories for the same price... (at the time of writing)

So please consider this a 5star+ review or something.

Anyway, this a great collection of weird, supernatural stories - it's hard to avoid calling such stories 'horror' but some of the tales here are designed to do a lot more than scare you witless. The best stories here (for me Sighted, Here Comes The New Way, and the aforementioned Lilies) are those the most original, where the author is doing something utterly his own. Some of the others have a more conventional ghost/horror story structure, but always with something new - even if that something is just the clarity and precision of Rowan's prose, which is sparse but strong, and full of memorable little phrases. In particular the depiction of a war-torn city in two of the stories is brilliant.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic, eccentric and electric April 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ian Rowan's Ice Age is wild and imaginative selection of absurdism, horror, crime, sci-fi and everything in between. Perfect for fans of The Twilight Zone TV series but with extra bite!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, evocative stories April 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Book Info: Genre: Horror, suspense Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this eBook from the LibraryThing Members Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Ice Age is a collection of eight short stories of the strange and the chilling by award-winning author Iain Rowan.

Stories of the dead and the living, and cities at war where it is hard to tell one from the other. Lonely roads and forest paths and wrong turnings. Very wrong turnings. The fiery martyrdom of The New Way, distant voices that call from the sea, and the ice creeping in, ever in.

Stories in this collection have been reprinted in year's best collections and featured in anthologies nominated for Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards.

Ice Age features the stories Lilies, The Call, Through The Window, Driving In Circles, Sighted, The Circular Path, Here Comes The New Way and Ice Age.

My Thoughts: The first story in this book is Lilies, which I have reviewed separately.

Like Lilies, I found the other stories in this book to be evocative, beautifully written, spare but complete: perfect exemplars of the short story. It's very difficult to review a short-story anthology without providing spoilers, so I'll leave it at this. If you like wonderfully written, chilling short stories, this book is one you don't want to miss.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vignettes on the horror of a change of state. September 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Most of the eight stories in Iain Rowan's Ice Age hardly count as short stories at all; they are more like vignettes of people at the cusp of huge changes in their life and their world. A certain fantasy element pervades through many of them, but even the seemingly mundane tales exist in a shadowy borderland of wakefulness. In effect, they are all horror stories, though they don't need monsters, just a sudden shift in reality, to frighten and unsettle. Some of the most involved are the three urban stories 'Lilies', 'Sighted', and 'Here Comes the New Way', set in unspecified cities in unspecified universes with unspecified rules on life and death. 'Here Comes the New Way' may be one of the best, with a provocative metaphor of personal faith and a haunting conclusion. Others, like 'Through the Window', are more predictable and conventional but still tap into a deep sense of unease.

Mr. Rowan has put out a neat little collection here, and this reviewer is certainly inclined to explore what else he has to offer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read more from this author October 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Lovely collection of short stories and each one is very different. Lovely read for anyone who needs to wait on anything. A lovely way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! April 21, 2012
By Kellie
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These stories struck just the right tones for me. Undeniably sad, yet some were also life-affirming. At least that's how I felt while reading this collection.
The author did a fabulous job of building memorable characters facing impossibly dark situations, most of them acting with decency and bravery.
All the stories touched me, but Lilies was my favorite.
To the author, thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling Thrillers April 14, 2012
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I was just in the mood for some short stories.Iain Rowan has written a chilling collection.I enjoyed reading all of them.Thanks for the Kindle freebie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Iain Rowan - a new favorite for me
Ice Age is a great short story collection in the horror genre. Each of the eight compact tales is a gem! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Karen Siddall
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked These A Lot
A nice collection of darker short stories which I really enjoyed from an author I hadn't been familiar with before.
Published 9 months ago by Cher812
3.0 out of 5 stars Ice Age Review
A group of dark tales... listening to them can't tell when one ends and the next begins. A ramble not particularly engaging or captivating. Sorry.
Published 10 months ago by jbshorses
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Novel Reviews: Honesty in the Terror
I've never read Rowan before, so I was really curious when I kicked into this short story collection. There are eight stories here. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Horror Novel Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GOTHIC READERS CHOICE AWARD WINNER
Rowan's short story collection is elegant, disturbing, and fierce. His writing is the style that keeps the reader slightly off-kilter, unsure, and very afraid. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gothic Readers Book Club
5.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting more
This set of short stories has a common theme of despair, underpinned by a fear which is never fully explained - compelling the reader to think more deeply about the subject matter... Read more
Published 13 months ago by CK
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and chilling collection.
A chilling, weird, and often sad collection. I'm actually a little hesitant to apply the word "horror", rather than simply going with "weird", but upon reflection will say it... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not readable
I gave this one star because it didn't give me an option for no stars. Was this written by a second grader? If so, then it's really good and I apologize.If not, save your buck. Read more
Published on February 16, 2012 by Deidre M. Kennedy
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Hello, thanks for visiting.

I've written both novels and short stories, mostly crime fiction.

ONE OF US is my debut crime novel. It started as a short story published in Hitchcock's Magazine, became a novel, and ended up being shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger award for best unpublished novel.

I've also had over thirty short stories published. Some of those stories have been reprinted in Year's Best anthologies, won a Derringer Award, been voted into readers' top ten of the year, or been in anthologies nominated for awards..

NOWHERE TO GO is a collection of eleven of my previously published crime stories, many of which appeared first in print in magazines like Hitchcock's and Ellery Queen's.

ICE AGE is a collection of eight stories of the strange and the chilling that have been published in various places over the last few years.

And last, but not least, SEA CHANGE is something different again: a young adult novel like those I loved as a child by writers like Alan Garner and Susan Cooper, about haunted, folklore-ridden England.

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