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Fauxpocalypse: A collection of short fiction about the end of the world that wasn't Paperback – January 11, 2014
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...a masterpiece depicting human behavior in a dozen different ways....
...Fauxpocalypse is one apocalyptic short story collection you really must read; it is head and shoulders about the rest.
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The beginning exemplifies this. The introduction delivers exposition in one of the best ways I've seen in a long time. The wit made me laugh through the entire section, with a sense of dark humor. And then...the opening story sort of hung. It does its job of establishing the world, but it ends with no sense of arc, and no strong impression.
My favorite of the stories is one of the longest, which features a girl returning from the riot-torn city to her rural parents, where they have to deal with envious neighbors and untrustworthy guests. What caught me was the pervasive tone that everything going right...won't last. It it concludes satisfyingly.
Content ratings vary between stories. Some have little objectionable material beyond those inherent to the premise. Others have mentions of sex, graphic violence, and strong language. Also, a couple of stories depict religious characters going wrong, while one has a more balanced to the matter. I would say this is a hard PG-13, with only a couple of really uneasy moments. But no gorefest or explicit sex.
So in general, go in not expecting the best read, but a couple of the stories should entertain you. Maybe Fauxpocalypse 2 will have a stronger cast of stories.
I really wanted to like this short story collection a lot more than I did, since the concept was so cool: What if the world got ready for a massive comet collision that would end all life ... and it missed?
There were a few good stories, a few extremely mediocre ones. and a bunch of just so-so tales. Many read like a watered-down The Day After or Threads. I did like that the stories were global in scope and not just set in one country. Other than that, it was pretty lackluster.
And keep an eye on the various names you see as authors within this collection. They're wonderful folks to work with, and each a very talented storyteller on his or her own.
This collection of stories about "the end of the world that wasn't" is a fascinating read. Unfortunately, there were a couple of stories in here that weren't as strong as the rest, but overall the book is a fabulous read and I highly recommend it.
That's the premise of this wonderful collection of stories of which one, "Vodka and Watermelons", is mine. Highly recommended.