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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Peculiar Pages (October 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982781245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982781241
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,070,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Preface by Terryl L. Givens.
Introduction by Theric Jepson

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I have hopes for more of these short story books.
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Although there are some uncomfortably sacrilegious stories in this book, the rest were entertaining and sometimes hilarious.
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It was interesting to read sci-fi/fantasy stories that had Mormon themes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luna Lindsey on December 28, 2012
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This book fits a very narrow niche of readers. Some stories may cross the comfort line for believing LDS members, dealing not so sacredly with topics thought to be sacred. Those who have never been members won't have the context to understand most of the stories.

As a former Mormon this book was perfect for me. I don't have any faith to test, and I got all the in-jokes and culture and theology. I loved the mix of Mormon culture with folklore more ancient -- or in the far future. Ghosts and zombies and aliens meet pioneers and BYU students and missionaries.

My favorite stories tended to be sci-fi. What would happen if Mormons met aliens? What if God's other children are interplanetary beings who know more about God than we do? I would love to see an entire anthology of Mormons in spaceships and Mormons dealing with future (or past?) technologies. And indeed, I was tempted to write a few of my own.

A couple of the stories I did not like, notably "Brothers in Arms", which ran a bit long, and military-based settings tend to turn me off, as do zombies.

But most of the stories were enjoyable and even great. I took my time and read this anthology over a period of months, so I will try to list my favorite stories, but I'm afraid I may forget the best parts of some of the earlier ones.

"Charity Never Faileth" by Jaleta Clegg tells of a green jello salad incident in Relief Society. I laughed my face off.

"The Living Wife" by Emily Milner is an interesting scenario and I loved the tension.

I loved the fry sauce bit in "Pirate Gold for Brother Brigham" by Lee Allred.

"Bokev Momen" by D. Michael Martindale is one of the sci-fi stories, including awesome aliens with biological-based ships who encounter their first human.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Tady on August 5, 2012
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I'm really, really glad I purchased this book. It is well-worth the Kindle purchase price. A lot of Orrin Porter Rockwell, early Utah settlers, and a WHOLE lot of zombies and Gadianton Robbers, but thankfully, not a single vampire in the entire book, which is pretty impressive (and awesome) for a collection of more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy Mormon-themed stories.
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I loved this anthology of LDS short fiction. It's a great, well-rounded collection of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and paranormal wrapped around Mormon theology, history, and culture. And the title is very appropriate for this book--there are a lot of monsters, demons, zombies, and alien cultures, but there's also green jell-o, Mormon myths and legends, and some funny stuff about Utahns and fry sauce. I liked most of the stories in here, but some of my favorites were "Fangs of the Dragon" (with a heroic Porter Rockwell), "Bichos" (a honeymooning LDS couple who encounter beasts in the Amazon), "Brothers in Arms" (two Mormon marines who stave off a zombie apocalypse), "Bokev Momen" (an encounter between an abducted LDS missionary and some believing aliens), and "That Leviathan" (solar sentient beings who join the church in space). There were plenty of spooky tales and stories that made me laugh, but I appreciated most the ones that made me stop and think. This is definitely a keeper and one I'm sure I'll be reading again
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Yes, this is designed for a specific audience (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), but there are plenty of tales that do not require full understanding of the teachings and cultural aspects of the organization. It really was a ton of fun.
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By Scott hoskins on March 17, 2014
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Although there are some uncomfortably sacrilegious stories in this book, the rest were entertaining and sometimes hilarious. I recommended it to most of my family, and it is a favorite.
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