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The Book of Apex: Volume 1 of Apex Magazine [Kindle Edition]

Jason Sizemore , Gill Ainsworth
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Visit the darker side of science fiction. From post-apocalyptic punk bands to the unearthing of ancient beings in a coal mine, from Moreau's beast men to a dreamy theatrical wonderland, explore the fiction that descends from the darkest pits of the human mind. These stories represent the first year of original online content from Apex Magazine. Enjoy work from acclaimed masters such as Theodora Goss, Ekaterina Sedia, Mary Robinette Kowal, Lavie Tidhar, Gord Sellar, Jennifer Pelland, George Mann, and many more!

Contains the following dark SF stories published in Apex Magazine from January 1, 2008 through June 30th, 2009:
“Post Apocalypse” – James Walton Langolf
“These Days” – Katherine Sparrow
“In the Seams” – Andrew C. Porter
“The Nature of Blood” – George Mann
“Scenting the Dark” – Mary Robinette Kowal
“The Limb Knitter” – Steven Francis Murphy
“I Know an Old Lady” – Nathan Rosen
“Blakenjel” – Lavie Tidhar
“Behold: Skowt!” – Jason Heller
“A Splash of Color” – William T. Vandemark
“A Night at the Empire” – Joy Marchand
“Organ Nell” – Jennifer Pelland
“Starter House” – Jason Palmer
“On the Shadow Side of the Beast” – Ruth Nestvold
“Cai and Her Ten Thousand Husbands” – Gord Sellar
“Dark Planet” – Lavie Tidhar
“The Puma” – Theodora Goss
“Mind of a Pig” – Ekaterina Sedia
“Waiting for Jakie” – Barbara Krasnoff
“Hindsight, In Neon” – Jamie Todd Rubin
“Clockwork, Patchwork and Ravens” – Peter M. Ball
“Hideki and the Gnomes” – Mark Lee Pearson
“Plebiscite AV3X” – Jason Fischer
“Shaded Streams Run Clearest” – Geoffrey W. Cole

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  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0978867696
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Apex Publications (December 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0032FNZ9S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark science fictiony goodnees December 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
There really isn't a bad story in this anthology. I loved the range of themes and settings, each one original and fantastic. My top three are "Organ Nell" by Jennifer Pelland, "Behold: Skowt!" by Jason Heller, and "The Limb Knitter" by Steven Francis Murphy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, Overall August 22, 2013
Format:Paperback
I was given this as a gift and was fair-well delighted. The book has a collection of mostly very good science fiction stories, almost all of them with a dark bent. I only recognized a couple author names, but that's why I love anthologies.

My favorite pieces were "Blakenjel" and "The Puma." "Blakenjel" reminded me of a dystopian, cyberpunk Lovecraft tale; "The Puma" was an excellent semi-sequel to "The Island of Doctor Moreau."

My only major complaint, and the reason I'm giving this four stars instead of five, is that two of the last stories - "The Mind of a Pig" and "Hindsight in Neon" - were extremely weakly written and nowhere close to the skill-level or imagination of the other pieces in the book.

"The Mind of a Pig" is actually an interesting idea, though one that's been done before in various permutations, but it almost read like the writer wasn't a native English speaker. The editor should have either assisted in cleaning it up or asked the writer for someone else's assistance in doing so. The prose was extremely awkward, with simplistic and repetitive descriptions and there is not one line of dialogue that sounds natural.

"Hindsight in Neon" was neither an interesting idea nor well-written. I almost didn't finish reading it, but I'm a "cover-to-cover" kind of reader.

These two stories may have appeared in individual issues of Apex Magazine, but they should have been excised from, rather than included, in the collection.

Overall, however, a collection worth your time.
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