- File Size: 8788 KB
- Print Length: 303 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0993699014
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Poise and Pen Publishing (August 16, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 16, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MSZLF9U
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Naturally, with such a structure, that means the book’s going to contain 26 stories by as many (or more!) authors, which makes for a generous appetizer platter. Not every story’s going to appeal to every reader, just as not every appetizer’s going to appeal to every diner, but the variety means everyone should have plenty of tasty options to nibble upon.
I won’t go through the whole TOC here, but will limit myself to choosing a few personal faves from the bunch. Such as, the entry for U, by Damien Angelica Walters; I *still* have yet to read anything by her that wasn’t spectacular, and this one about a mom trying to shield her little girl from the truth of approaching doomsday hit me right in the feels where that scene in Titanic with the old couple always does.
By contrast, Gary B. Phillips made me laugh out loud several times with his entry for the letter K, about crowdsourcing Armageddon. Other standouts: KV Taylor’s anthropological journal for J, Suzanne van Rooyen’s tragically beautiful entry for the letter F, and Pete Aldin’s creepy and all-too-plausible scenario for the letter S, and that’s where I’ll make myself stop before I end up listing them all.
With a bonus story at the end, the anthology equivalent of staying through the credits at a Marvel movie and getting a full trailer for the sequel … B is for Broken, coming soon!
The stories I didn't like were the one that were too hard to understand and lacked conventional plot arcs. It's hard to care about the world that an author creates when you don't understand any of the rules of that world. Thankfully I would say only 4 or 5 stories here didn't do it for me, and they were typically among the shortest stories in the collection. This was redeemed by the fact that some of the stories are really well done and helped me to overlook the ones I didn't really care for.
Recommended to fans of science fiction short stories about the end of the world.
I am happy to be disabused of such a notion! This collection of short stories are beautiful examples of how excellent writers make use of the format to pack a novels worth into so few pages by not hand holding the readers imagination (not that I dislike well crafted and detailed novels mind you).
A great selection of apocalyptic short stories!