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- Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (December 28, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 28, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B006OEFCUE
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The second story, "The Last Earthling," by D.T. Conklin, was a difficult read for me because of the setting conflicting with my belief system. However, you have to give credit to the story living on in my mind's spare moments for more than a week later. The story was well-written, with empathetic characters in a creative world, so I kept reading. The ending had the type of surprise you hope for in good fiction, and is left open for your interpretation. I spoke with the author, D.T. Conklin, and he mentioned how this story highlights how important forgiveness is to him. In that we both agree, and this story is highly recommended because of the type of discussion it evokes. Read it and tell D.T. I sent you.
The third story, "Timothy," by Anjuli Bowen, is fantastic. I love the concept of a man who doesn't age, and who decides one day to bring the sand jar that keeps him alive outside and risk dying. Emotional and satisfying.
Lane Diamond's story, "One Last Thought," is a complex picture in prose of a man's dependency on a woman. The twist surprised me, but I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to take from this story. I can't really get into it without spoiling the twist though.
Jeff Burton's story, "A Building This Size," is a mystery built on clever dialogue that emphasizes the power and motive behind what isn't said. I really enjoyed this one as well. There is definite reread value on this one. I even made his story a Saturday Spotlight post, and highlighted his future and published novels.Read more ›
There wasn't one story I disliked, and though I am partial to certain genres, I found each story intriguing, beautifully written, and the characters drew me in. It didn't matter if the story fell in a genre I read or not--it didn't matter.
So which was my favorite? I'm staring at the titles right now and having difficulty in choosing. I loved THE BOY AND HIS MONSTER. I was also, maybe because I'm a woman, partial to Ruby's work COURAGE THROUGH FEAR. It was quite terrifying on an emotional level. Each story drew me in and propelled me to read it's entirety. There wasn't one story I skimmed or skipped.
In this collection, there is a story for everyone. I guarantee it.
The best story in here by far is the grand prize winner, "If I Should Die," by Amanda Papenfus, which is not really a genre story at all, other than that the story is about death. The first line hooks you: "Does this coffin make me look fat?" This morbid teaser suggests any manner of horror or black humor or speculative fiction premise, but after this hook, you discover a beautifully-written, touching story about a young girl facing her own death. This was a well-deserved grand prize winner, and I hope to find more stories by this young author.
My other favorites included "Courage Through Fear," by Ruby Standing Deer, a whiskey-soaked, desperate tale of unfortunate drifters, con men, and sinners, yet also about love, the sort of love that can almost ruin you if you don't find the courage to take control of your life, and "A Boy and His Monster," by Matt Mok, an unusual and tender story set in 1940 London during the Blitz about a terrified little boy trying to survive with the aid of an invisible, magical bear at his side. "Timothy" by Anjuli Bowen grew on me after a second reading; reminding me a little of the Benjamin Button movie and a few Twilight Zone episodes, the story had a quiet, firm tone, with a sad but fitting ending to it.
This anthology is "Volume 1" (and "Volume 2" just came out in late summer 2012), so it looks like this may be the beginning of a series, hopefully all contests like this one, which will showcase new talent. All the stories are a fun read, with varying moods, emphases, and talents -- for the Kindle price, it's a fantastic beach read!
A few stories left me begging for a sequel or a novella to extend the moment.
The Last Earthling took me to a place, out of this world, that still suffers the same slings and arrows I experience back on earth.
Grain Neutral Spirits, by Al Bower, introduced me to a new perspective for story telling: it went from narrative, to memoir, to critic, to dialogue, all hosted by a guardian angel. These simultaneous perspectives pulled me deeper into the story than I expected. Tanguy's The Five Strangers overwhelms Rex and drives the story forward. Rex's affirmation of his subconscious sets the stage for his battle with reality and alcohol.
If you only read one story, in Evolution No. 1, make it Grain Neutral Spirits.
A Building This Size, by Jeffrey B. Burton, moves from conjecture to reality. I was left peering down the cliff edge - which is the thrill of the open ending. But I am sure I know the answer.
Imagination, by Stephen Patrick, is a rapid fire story that sustains excitement and tension. My tension was relieved in the ironic ending when I discovered McIntyre's humanity.
Evolution No. 1 is worth it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Evolution Vol. 1 is an endlessly enjoyable collection of stories that, while lacking a set theme or shared genre, somehow gravitate towards philosophical examinations of Being &... Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by Axel Howerton
A friend had told me of the upcoming release of this book awhile back, and I pondered on if I would even want to read an anthology. Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by Thomas Stonewall
I often find it difficult to have the time to read as much as I would like too these days, but I did take the time to read this book. Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by linda
It's always hard to review anthologies, especially when they're both so good. But, in this one, two stories really stood out and shined above the rest. Read morePublished on September 29, 2012 by Voss Foster
Read this one on a day at the beach. Each piece was really good but favorites were "Timothy" by Anjuli Bowen, "Grain Neutral Spirits" by A. Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by geoffowler
Evolution 1 is the first iteration of what I hope will become a long-running series of short story anthologies. Read morePublished on June 8, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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