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- Publisher: The Independent Bookworm (July 21, 2013)
- Publication Date: July 21, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E3FQT94
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Overall, I want to note a couple issues - one, the stories seemed to be arranged fairly randomly. I would have liked to see a little more flow between them, particularly as they were all different genres. And second, the stories had a very short wordcount limit, which some of them struggled with.
There were too many stories to review in detail, but I'd like to acknowledge two in particular:
First My Soul to Take, by Amanda Tompkins, which was quite a lot of fun and would fit perfectly on an urban fantasy shelf in your local bookstore (seriously, I'd read a whole novel like that)
And Second The Definition of a Superhero, by Taven Moore, which is in my opinion the highlight of the collection. Despite the limited wordcount the author managed to pack in a hell of a lot of story, and characterization and worldbuilding to boot. Well done!
Whilst every story is centred around the theme of creation, there's no one specific genre being featured. Fantasy worlds, magical kingdoms and fairy tales nestle side by side with science fiction, realism and slice-of-life pieces. Love stories and tragedies make you tear up even whilst others tell of things that make you cringe.
The stories in the anthology are so good that there's only one which I didn't really quite like (I'm not telling which).
I think my favourite would be the one which won second place (and ends the anthology) - The Definition of a Super Hero. Other stories that I especially liked (in no particular order) are: A Splash of Art, The Forest King, Tortellini, Restoration, Spoilers, After the Fire and Hedda of the Upworld. (In which you can tell my reading bias. Oh well)
I'd recommend this for:
1) anyone looking for quick, great reads
2) people who want to try out new genres but don't want a whole novel
3) parents who want their kids to start reading something, anything, just read
I received this review copy from Independent Bookworm in exchange for an honest review.
The stories are fresh and are neatly created but I felt some stories lack detail and depth in narration.
I will list some of my favorite stories from the anthology.
After the fire:
The story follows the interaction between a girl and a fallen angel in a world torn by war between humans and the fallen angels.
My soul to take:
A reluctant Magi tries to save the world from casting from dreamworld.
The story is laced with humor and has makings of a future novel.
Definition of superhero:
When a bank is robbed by super villains a bookstore owner becomes super hero to save the day.I liked the writing style of the story very much.
There are genres for everyone, characters, plots and adventures in abundance.
The stories are very well written, and in bite-sized pieces they're easy to enjoy one at a time or in batches ... and who could stop at one!
I had quite a few favourites but I won't bug you with details because yours might be different, but I can pretty well promise you that with so many to chose from, you won't be disappointed in the quality or quantity!