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Conmergence: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction by [Maya, Tara]
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About the Author

Tara Maya has lived in a village in Africa, meditated in a nunnery in Nepal, volunteered at an Gandhian ashram in India, toured dungeons in Transylvania, explored the rooftops of stone cities in Yemen and worked with human rights groups in Indonesia. She holds a degree in History, because a degree in Time Travel was not available.

Product Details

  • File Size: 287 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983107300
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Misque Press; 1 edition (October 16, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047GN96A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's a bit of understatement to say that this collection is uneven. You will find here several very short sketches, some in fantasy and some in SciFi genre, the later better than the former. Fantasy lovers will probably enjoy two longer stories set in "The Painted World", competently written but rather uninspired chapters from a novel yet to be written, with familiar motifs of magical imagery turning into reality and even more familiar court intrigues (some interesting plot surprises do occur, though).

"Refractions from the Neglected Side" is the best SciFi offering here: reminiscent of early Greg Egan, this story wonders what would the world look like if we were truly able to pay attention.

But the sufficient reason to buy this collection is "Tomorrow We dance". At the surface a retelling of "The Pied Piper" tale with some "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "Lord of the Flies" thrown in, this powerful novelette is much more than that: it convincingly tells how we fall for false prophets, how we abandon our humanity for empty promises, and why nobody is free of danger of becoming a beast to others, even the closest ones, in the name of great common good at the other side of the rainbow.

The author tells us in her comments she is working on the novel from which this little masterpiece was taken. Not a great fan of fantasy myself, I eagerly await it nevertheless. It might easily make hardships of life on the streets worthwhile (read those comments to see what I am talking about (o: )
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I have to say I was impressed by this Anthology.

"A Thousand Blossoms With The Day" is one of the best short stories I've ever read, I will recommend it to any one that will listen to me. To the ones that don't listen to me, I shall even reverse recommend it!
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Tara Maya is definitely a talented writer and that was clear from the first story in this anthology. I was moved immediately by "Ghosts on Red Strings." It was very timely, considering the ethnic violence still taking place around the world today. The "Painted World" and "Tarot" stories deserve books of their own. A couple of stories were fragments, which sometimes was frustrating, but mostly because i wanted to read more. I hope that a good publisher discovers this collection and offers Tara a book deal.
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I love all works by T.MAYA this one is no exception. This book provides an in-depth insight, introduction to her previous work and fills some gaps into the world of T.Mara. I look forward to more. Tara continue to bring us all hope with you wonderful imagination.
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When she says "speculative" fiction, Tara really means it. She has some very interesting and thought-provoking speculations on future (and past and fictional) tech and society in this anthology. The fun thing is that she explains how she developed the stories in the notes after each story. That's very helpful for aspiring writers such as myself.

While my favorite stories are very short, Ghosts on Red Strings and The Best of All Possible Worlds, I would love to see some of the worlds she creates expanded into full length novels.

This anthology is great for filling the little reading gaps you might have during your day. Buy it! Read it! Review it!

(When you review a book, it really helps out the author reach more readers. So, especially if you like a book, be sure to come back and review it!)
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Conmergence is a like a good cup of coffee. You're going to pick it up and enjoy every sip tasting nuances of flavor that will stay with you long after the book is done. However, it is not a 'sit down and read the whole thing' book. That would be a waste. Each title is unique, superbly written and completely engaging. It is best taken like a cup of coffee, when you want a worthy diversion from the realness of life, Conmergence will deliver.
The author, also shares her comments about each title which creates the sense that in reading the book, you are making a friend; a very imaginative, thought provoking, and boundless friend.
One last comment of no literary connection....put this book out somewhere for others to see and the cover alone will spark conversation!
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