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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Apex Publications (August 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937009076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937009076
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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By Anthony R. Cardno on January 20, 2013
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I wasn't disappointed in the first DARK FAITH anthology edited by Messrs. Broaddus and Gordon, and so I didn't expect to be let down by DARK FAITH INVOCATIONS. And I wasn't. No anthology is perfect but, while there were a couple of stories that didn't quite work for me personally, this book comes close. It's obvious that Broaddus and Gordon chose stories that moved them, that spoke to some aspect of faith and belief. They work well as an editing pair, if the two volumes of DARK FAITH taken together are any indication.

As the back cover text suggests, the stories touch on every aspect of faith and belief -- from faith in self, family, friends, coworkers all the way out to faith in something bigger, larger, universal. No one particular religious mindset is pushed, everything from atheism through Catholicism is mentioned at some point. Yes, the stories are heavy on the supernatural, but then again so is pretty much every book of faith. And the stories that do not deal with the supernatural at all, such as Jay Lake's "The Cancer Catechism," Max Allan Collins & Matthew Clemens' "A Little Faith," and Kyle S. Johnson's "Little Lies, Dear Leader," are among the most effective and moving of the collection. Other stand-outs include Mike Resnick's "The Revealed Truth," Alma Alexander's "Night Train," Gemma Files' "Fin De Siecle," and Jennifer Pelland's "Sacrifice," to name just a few.

I've done slightly more in-depth reviews of each story in the book, and those can be found at this address. There's one new review a day, so individual story reviews from DFI will be rolling out through the end of January. [...]
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Faith is a strange thing. It's at once deeply personal, but in the form of religion, very much institutionalised. It can be a well spring of strength and hope, but is also one of the main reasons for conflict in the world. Every religion, every splinter sect within those religions, holds to its own truths, and every person of faith has their own version of what faith entails. As such, the idea of asking for stories exploring the notion of faith is intriguing and would have to result in 26 different visions. As someone who isn't sure what to believe, let's say an agnostic leaning to the atheist side of things, having a look at people's interpretation of faith is fascinating. And even beyond the usual fact that not every story in an anthology is going to work for every reader, in Dark Faith: Invocations I found that I had about a one in three chance to truly connect with a story. This isn't to say that those were inferior stories; but that they just didn't resonate with me due to the direction they took the faith in their story.

What did become apparent is that there were some obvious themes, despite the fact that these were 26 unique stories, within in this collection. One is that faith equals love; that one of the strongest faiths people have is their faith in their parents (The Divinity Boutique by Brian Hatcher); that having one's beliefs proved or disproved, having the truth revealed is the death of faith (The Revealed Truth by Mike Resnick, Thou Art God by Tim Waggoner); and that the God or gods people put their faith in aren't always benign or infallible (The Cancer Catechism by Jay Lake, Kill the Buddha by Elizabeth Twist, God's Dig by Kelly Eiro).
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I'm 85% through Dark Faith, Invocations, and trying to slow myself down so I can enjoy it longer. This is hands down one of the most diverse and interesting new Sci-Fi/dark fiction anthologies I've come across. The stories run the gamut from humor (what would it be like to live in God's brain), to dark horror (fungi-become god slowly overtake humanity), to thoughtful reflections on the nature of faith and the role of a god (or lack thereof) in our own lives (what kind of god would you create if you could select your own?) I found Jay Lake's thoughts on the role of religion in a cancer patient particular moving, given his personal health difficulties. There are many stories that examine "the holy" external to a Judeo/Christian perspective. Definitely recommended as a must-read
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