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  • File Size: 780 KB
  • Print Length: 472 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938644026
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nightscape Press; 1st edition (December 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J9X2P4
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What a GREAT read! I picked this up yesterday and read it all last night until my eyes couldn't stay open, and then finished it this morning. It was so good I simply couldn't wait to post a review!

World's Collider is a collection of apocalyptic short stories that don't just follow a common theme like other anthologies or short story collections. In World's Collider each story co-exists with the others in the same space and for the same common narrative, providing more of a 'novel' than a collection of individual short stories.

The unique writing style of each author makes the entire book fresh and thrilling to read. You should definitely take the time to read the introduction too, you'll be able to appreciate the overall concept and story even more if you do.

I never reveal story details or provide any spoilers at all when I write reviews. It's against my 'religion' ;). Suffice it to say, with this talented bunch of writers, and this great theme, you are guaranteed a ride to remember when you read World's Collider!

Two thumbs up and definitely deserving a multitude of 5-Star Ratings!!! :)
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I finally finished this book last night.

It was truly incredible.

Using the different authors to create a novel worked much better than I honestly had expected. I was drawn into this story of chaos and the effect on mankind and the planet. I continued to read to know what would happen next and was left thinking about the novel as I was away from it.

The author's different writing styles and ideas were powerful and drew you in. Though the pieces were all so different it was never jarring or inconsistent. Instead the short stories were weaved together in a very clever way that highlighted each author's talent with words.

I was thoroughly impressed with the terror that the creatures that exited the rift created in me.

This book will have a lasting impact on me and I will recommend this to all I meet.
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Read this on my wife's Kindle. I was really intrigued by the anthology's concept and found it fascinating. I don't usually read science fiction, but I found this really interesting and the way the stories relate to each other kept me reading.
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"An anthology posing as a novel? Or possibly a novel posing as an anthology."

I highly recommend that you read the intro first; it explains the concept behind this anthology, which is nothing short of fantastic, and the editor, Richard Salter, did an amazing job of putting it all together. World's Collider was not only the best anthology that I read in 2012, but it's the most remarkable story collection that I've ever read to date.

The individual accounts within this anthology, written by multiple authors with diverse writing styles, with various POVs and locations, create a larger story about a dimensional rift that opens in the middle of Europe.

While it reminds me slightly of the presentation of World War Z, Salter takes it even further by constructing a novel with short stories written separately by numerous authors. The intro explains the painstaking process.

The stories themselves will both terrify and thrill horror fans, describing mankind's struggle to survive the onslaught of demonic entities spilling into our world from the rift.

If you enjoy novels such as Craig DiLouie's Infection series, or Read the End First (edited by Suzanne Robb), you will relish the nightmares within the pages of World's Collider!
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This book is filled with great stories I've thoroughly enjoyed, but what truly sets it apart from other anthologies is the "shared world" idea. In any anthology, I usually just pick and choose a few stories to read, but this one works more like a novel and invites you to discover its entire world. Each short story sucks you in a bit further in as you follow the breadcrumbs, each intriguing in its own merit as well as making the anthology's world more intriguing. I've recommended it to ll my friends. Let's hope to see more anthologies like this!
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I have never before read an anthology that is structured like a novel. I must say, the idea is brilliant. All of the different writing styles merged together to produce a truly enjoyable reading experience. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys apocalyptic style stories.
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This book was quite a surprise to me, I have to say. For a start, I am not a big fan of short stories, I like to really get stuck into a tale and short stories are a bit like having one bite of something really delicious and that's it, meal over. So I approached this book expecting it to be a sort of "cut and come again" type thing...read one story and set it aside until the next time I had ten minutes to spare.

Boy was I surprised! Through an amazing act of collaboration, these many and varied writers have combined their skills and created a cohesive whole out of all the parts. These "short stories" are not self contained writings but rather form chapters of a longer story, a story that had me clicking the page turn button well into the small hours. How all these people, living all over the world, have managed to write something that holds together as a gripping story that will have you wanting more and more, and yet maintained their own style as story tellers is beyond me. It's just absolutely brilliant.

Each writer picks up threads from the ones before and weaves them into his own story, each creating unique characters and horrors, but then allowing the next person to pick up the unfolding awfulness of what happens after the Large Hadron Collider is destroyed. It's seamless and yet you can hear each individual writer's voice as they tell their part.

If you like science fiction or horror, or both, then you will love this book. It's complex, clever and I want more, please!
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