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The First [Kindle Edition]

Scott Nicholson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"A fresh and true voice that will affect you, disturb you, enrage you, or make you laugh."-Kevin J. Anderson, Dune series

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A collection of 14 dark fantasy, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, and science fiction stories from award-winning author Scott Nicholson. These stories visit undiscovered countries and shadowy avenues of the heart, lands and times where night never ends and matter doesn't matter. Features the six-story Aeropagan cycle where time is literally money. Includes an afterword and Nicholson's first-ever published story.

Nicholson, a 1999 Writers of the Future award winner, has published 12 novels, including the bestselling Kindle thrillers DISINTEGRATION and the RED CHURCH and the comic books Grave Conditions, Dirt, and Little Shivers. Look for his other collections ASHES, FLOWERS, CURTAINS: MYSTERY STORIES, and MURDERMOUTH: ZOMBIE BITS. If you like science fiction with a pulp horror feel, check out FOREVER NEVER ENDS.

"A literary shadow land between Ray Bradbury and Neil Gaiman." --Sharyn McCrumb, the Ballad books

"Always surprises and always entertains."--Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero

"Quirky, twisted, finely crafted tales that carry a powerful emotional impact."--David Farland

"A very entertaining writer."-- Tim Powers

Product Details

  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (January 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037KM1F2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,296 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Scott Nicholson book! July 28, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Scott Nicholson strikes again! This one is really fun because of the wide variety of stories included here. Normally, I can't put down a Nicholson novel until I'm done, which is why I like getting a collection of his short stories (I don't stay up all night and show up sleepy at work). Plus, we get to see some of the more twisted corners of his imagination here. I strongly recommend this and other books by this writer for any horror fan.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FIRST ... BUT NOT YOUR LAST!! HA May 18, 2010
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Scott Nicholson's writing is so imaginative !!! To have this collection together in one read is super!!! You will find yourself reading more Scott Nicholson on your kindle and loving it!!!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! September 19, 2010
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I generally don't give short stories five stars. They always leave me wanting. But most of the stories in this collection are brilliant. And many are very disturbing. Scott Nicholson has quite an imagination! A great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mostly dark and bleak, but good reading January 11, 2012
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wow...some of these stories are so bleak..the kind of bleak that has you shaking your head after you read the last word...

This is a different type of book for Scott and as he says in the afterword, most of them are from early in his career....these are primarily dark sci fi stories which is something that goes outside the norm for your usual Scott Nicholson book...All the stories are solid but there are a couple standouts:

Floating Cathedral Song--Probably my favorite and the best of the bunch. This story is very powerful and when the truth is revealed it'll leave you hollow inside.

Doomsday Diary--A close second if not a tie with Floating Cathedral Song for my favorite of the bunch. Presented as a series of diary entries written by a teenager that lives in a world that has determined when the end of the planet is coming..for a fact...and it's in six weeks...bleak bleak stuff..

Angelorum Orbis--Another very good story. It seems that most of these stories take place in a common universe where the world is run by the 'Aeropagus' Corporation. A mysterious and remote entity that controls the entire world. This is a story of their thirst for expansion and conquest of new worlds. But how can you conquer a world that welcomes you with open arms?

The Taste of Clouds--one common theme of these Aeropagus stories is 'time is money'..literally. You don't buy things with printed dollars or even credits. You purchase goods and services by shortening your own life. This is a story of a man spending his time the way he wants to..literally...this one is practically uplifting compared to the other bleak stories that precede it!

Honesty--An interesting time travel story. Entertaining...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Scott NIcholson book April 8, 2011
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This is my first Scott Nicholson book and I enjoyed it very much. His stories remind me of Stephen King's, they have an interesting twist and are very imaginative. I will have to try one of his novels and see how I like that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fifteen Short Stories - Sure to Delight February 22, 2012
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If you're searching for Nicholson books and reading reviews, you'll no doubt run across my name. I'm making it my mission to read everything this author writes, and in appreciation for the hours of enjoyment received, I always try to leave a review.

This collection of short stories is different in that the variety is astounding. Many authors write in one genre, and that's that. But there seems to be no end to the variety of genres Scott can and does write, and write well. This collection is perfect as an introduction, or for times when you don't want to get embroiled in one of his longer books (those you simply can't put down). Even in his short stories, the prose continues to delight:

"Her bones rattled like a cage of sticks, her flesh a leathery prison, her body as light as the birds that picked over the battlegrounds at sunset. Ibeja accepted the mating the same way she accepted the dying moon, the gray emptiness of the fields, and the dust-choked riverbeds that stretched bleakly beyond the village." (The Way of All Flesh)

Seriously? And that's just in the first chapter of the first story, and 14 more to go. The stories are separated into categories, with a linked table of contents for easy navigation. Phantasmia - 7 stores and Dystopia - 6 stories; with an Afterword and a Bonus Story. If "The First" is your first Nicholson, it surely won't be the last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Stories!! January 23, 2011
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This was my first Scott Nicholson experience. I finished reading this collection last night & bought another book, "Ashes", this morning. Jonathan Carroll is my first love, and now Neil Gainman & Scott Nicholson are tied for second.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good June 22, 2014
By Mary
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this is a well written book and has a great plot. it kept my interest the whole while i was reading this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Short stories
Wow! Short stories are not for me. Short stories with hidden meanings and strange endings are not my cup of tea. It was a complete waste of my time.
Published 10 months ago by James W. Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining stories
Very entertaining series of related but disparate short stories. Related future worlds with different characters, settings and plots. I look forward to reading more.
Published 12 months ago by Raedwulf
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously bad
If I could give it zero stars I would. I only made it a couple pages into the second story. Totally idiotic and predictable, could have been written by an 8-year-old.
Published 17 months ago by mark
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Again, after reading Flowers, this book was just not my style for reading. It just wasn't worth the time, so I didn't even finish it.
Published 17 months ago by reader2
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh
I love reading. I can read almost anything. This bored me. I wouldn't recommend it. And I usually enjoy this author. But this is a miss.
Published 19 months ago by k durb
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time
Horror stories are my favorites, and I did enjoy Chronic Fear and Liquid Fear. For some reason these stories not only left you hanging, but were so "far out", that I wish they had... Read more
Published on June 27, 2012 by Joanne Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting
these were a collection of short stories that it great to have on hand for those days you just want a quick read! All unique and interesting finds! Read more
Published on May 8, 2012 by booger
4.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories with thought provoking themes
This is the third book that I've read written by Scott Nicholson. While I thought the other two were just average this one I think is wonderful. Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by 4Nbahu
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wicked and Disgusting Read
Needed to review this book upon reading the story 'The Shaping'. Not since reading Clive Barker's Book of Blood have I had to stop and put a short story down because it caused that... Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by Meredith L. Fahey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story collection
Original, thought-provoking stories. I enjoyed the second section of stories, because I enjoy dystopian lit. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by Von
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Questions from Readers for Scott Nicholson

Love your work! I recently read the After series. Do you have a guestimate of when Milepost 291 will be available?
Bonanza43 asked Oct 30, 2013
Author Answered

Hey Boinanza, sorry for the delay, I am working on After 3 right now--when it comes out depends on a couple of things but I am hoping by January or February. Thanks for your support!

Scott Nicholson answered Nov 13, 2013

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