- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: NewCon Press (March 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907069518
- ISBN-13: 978-1907069512
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,688,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My take is that these stories look, read and feel just like the stuff I was reading in 1965 as a young teen.
The tales are not bad (and a couple of the early ones in the book are seriously good) but the plots are old, a bit worn and not given a particularly new and different spin. Younger readers will probably lap them up as they won't have been exposed to the tropes before.
That said the book represents, at a little over $4 for the Kindle version, phenomenal value. A sizable book of entertaining (for the most part) stories written by a literate author and edited professionally that costs much the same as some of the barely literate, fan-edited Vanity Press offerings we have all tried and wept over.
Four stars is generous, but I'm thinking of the relative value to a new reader rather than someone whose house is full of piles of books, whose collections started happening in the Kennedy years.
In Snatch Me Another we find a world gone mad with parallel realities. One needs only to reach down into the “snatcher” to grab a replacement for anything, be it an inanimate object or a living being. Lindy and Kristina lost their son Tommy to a brain tumor. Kristina saddened by the fact that Tommy died a week before his birthday snatches a new Tommy. Lindy is having a hard time accepting the new Tommy and soon learns that anything can be replaced.
Ever hear the expression “Seeing things thru rose-colored glasses”? That’s what we find in Naked Weekend. Everyone wear a bio-sensor wristlet with buttons to determine what mood they are feeling. Holographic scenes make up the new reality, that’s the world Rick and Leila live in. Leila hears of a pill that shuts off the sensors and decides she and Rick need to try reality the way it’s meant to be, but can they handle it?
Sleeping With the Anemone is a quirky tale of xenophililia, futuristic porn movies involving humans with alien plant beings. Lanny an ex “vibe” addict is given a chance to direct a movie starring Holmes Davies a leading porn star. Tricked into going to the unfriendly planet of Anemone to shoot a movie, he discovers what could happen when one sleeps with the anemone.
Doubled is where everyone, everything has a double. Singles are unacceptable, yet one man’s double wants his freedom to be an individual! A story that is reminiscent of Rod Serling.
So many other good stories are included in this collection, a bit sci-fi, a bit horror all of them written to be savored. I do hope you enjoy reading this as much as I have.
In his collection of short stories, Across the Event Horizon, Rivera not only surprises with novel ideas, those ideas will remain days after the reading. Rivera understands there are infinite possibilities (and realities) when it comes to alien encounters - even when the alien is a situation - and he writes about the chasms that will need crossing when those encounters happen.
Among the many stories in this collection, you'll read about aliens that communicate via smells ("The Scent of Their Arrival"), humans traveling far from Earth to find Salvation ("Missionaries"), and how the pain inflicted on an enemy can keep a neighborhood safe ("Tu Surfimiento Shall Protect Us"). Communication (or miscommunication) is a constant theme.
These stories may remind you of Ray Bradbury's serious storytelling, Philip K. Dick's sense of humor, and J.G. Ballard's surreal and visceral imagery. They've been widely anthologized for a reason -- they'll leave you wanting more.