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The End - Visions of Apocalypse by [White, N. E.]
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About the Author

Igor Ljubuncic is a physicist by vocation and a Linux geek by profession. He is the founder and operator of the website dedoimedo.com, where you can learn a lot about a lot. Before dabbling in operating systems, Igor worked in the medical hi-tech industry as a scientist. He really likes to write, particularly in the fantasy genre, and has been doing so since the tender age of ten summers. You can learn more about Igor's writing on his book series website, thelostwordsbooks.com.

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  • File Size: 6656 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AVNAWSG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I find it amazing that writers can still come up with original ideas in a genre that has been raked over and over again to extract every pebble of inspiration. These are stories of the highest caliber and are beautifully written. A treasure trove and a delight.
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Overall, this is a pretty good selection of science fiction and fantasy short stories: I enjoyed most of them, but like any other collection there were one or two I didn't care for very much. A couple of them could be the outlines for full-length novels. About the only two improvements I would have for this collection is to (a) put in a table of contents, and (b) the last story in the compilation appears to be a bunch of jpg images or something and is unreadable.

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.
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By EMW on April 17, 2013
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I bought this and it was a bargain at 99 cents. I would've paid three times that if I knew it was going to be so good.
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.
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As this is an anthology, I'll review each one as I read 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.
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Each story was very unique in design, ideas, and perspectives. How will the world end? Will man's self-interest and pursuit of success become his enemy? How about trying to something for the common good, with unintended consequences? Perhaps we don't know what exactly went wrong, but are just trying to survive whatever it was.

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!
Editing A+
Value A +
Content A+
Character development A+
Connection to character A+
Story development A+
Readability A - for last story
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I'm all about some End of the World fiction (as if you couldn't tell by my other reviews). This one was a collection of short stories with the common theme of apocalyptic proportions. Some of these were really well written and had an original disaster, others had a scenario that's been done many times but the writing was good, and there were a few that probably should have been subjected to some heavy editing. A few of the really good ones:
"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.
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