The End - Visions of Apocalypse Kindle Edition
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I originally picked this up for free during a Kindle promotion, and as I type up this review I see the compilation is still free vs. its normal price of 99 cents. You'll get more than 99 cents of entertainment value out of this one, so f you are a science fiction fan I would recommend grabbing this one.
As I write this, it's free. If I got it now, this would be the first time I got something free of such high quality.
Some of the stories were excellent, some were good, and they were all written well. Actually, I don't know about the last one - it was written inside of several boxes on each page, somewhat like a graphic novel. It was impossible to read that on my Kindle since there's no way to zoom in to make the tiny text larger inside of the stupid boxes. (The editor blew it by including that story in a Kindle edition. I was looking forward to the last story, thinking that maybe the best was saved for last, and then I discovered I was now done since I couldn't read the last story. Thanks, Editor.)
Other than that, it was a great collection and if the editor does another anthology, I'll definitely buy it.
25/2 - Executable: I'm not quite sure of what the apocalypse of this story was, not sure exactly how the machines took over and what they did to the world. How did they effect non-mechanical things like gavels? I understand why there might not be any new ones being made, but what happened to all the gavels made prior to the apocalypse? Did the machines break them all? That seems unlikely. The author did a good job of teasing us with the story, while still keeping the story really short. To be continued...
26/2 - Let's See What Tomorrow Brings: I liked this story because it had a different apocalypse, it wasn't the usual global pandemic, nuclear war or asteroid that feature in a lot of apocalypse story lines. I would love to read it as a full length novel.
Julia's Garden: This really played on a fear that I have of the overuse of antibiotics and the consequences that we're all going to suffer because of that. I'm not quite sure I understand why Julia felt the need to eat the bacteria from the petri dishes. It seemed that the author was trying to say that the death of everyone's gut flora also meant the dulling, if not death, of the population's sense of taste. I might have to google that. Did the appearance of 'gas gangrene' on Julia's wound signify that if people managed to hold on a little bit longer, the world wouldn't end after all? That's what I got from the final scene, which made Julia's impending suicide a little illogical.
Tick: I really liked the slightly different format of this story, where a paragraph or so from current time was followed by a flashback, which we eventually found out were journal entries made by the narrator.Read more ›
Each story puts us at the heart and mind of a character who either caused, is trying to solve, or trying to survive an apocalyptic scenario. Brilliant endings, very satisfying each one followed through to a closure.
Even as a person of faith, I was not at all offended by any story, and found "The Empty Nest" a gut busting conclusion to the series. It was very funny, and so well written. I won't spoil it. There is another story after it, or a comic strip, or something, but it was not readable. Don't really worry much about one thing missing, this book is way way beyond value vs. cost without it.
Please write another, and another, seriously!
Value A +
Character development A+
Connection to character A+
Story development A+
Readability A - for last story
"Julia's Garden" by Michael Aaron. This will make you think twice about wanting more powerful anti-biotics.
"Executable" by Hugh Howey. How nice it will be when everything has wifi, right? Keep dreaming.
The good stories outnumber the bad and there were a few that I would like to see become full-sized novel or even feature films.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the variety of stories in this book. Once I started I couldn't put it down.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Each story cery different from the others. I think my favorite is
"Empty Nest", a with a warning we would do well to heed. Read more
I would have given it four stars but I found the stories to be a bit uneven in pacing and tone for a simple read through. Read morePublished on May 19, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I wasn't looking for anything deep. I just like to see the world end and to see the creative ways people can come up with to accomplish that task. That's what I received. Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by Caterina Runyon-Spears
A few good but mostly poor. I suppose you get what you pay for. Most of the stories were not worth the time to read them.Published on April 13, 2014 by Steve B
If you enjoy post apocalyptic novels like I do, you will also enjoy this terrific book! I couldn't put it down. Who doesn't love a Hugh Howey story?Published on April 4, 2014 by Kindle Customer
I didn't get very far into this one before I gave up. Bad writing is complemented by even worse editing.Published on March 3, 2014 by John T. Adams III
I don't usually like to read short stories but I love to see others ideas of the Apocalypse and this was on sale at the time (can't beat free). Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Ram-Z
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